July 2012 Archive

Jul 31, 2012

I'm happy to announce that employees at our law firm have voted it one the Best Places to Work in western Pennsylvania for the fifth year in a row. This is such an honor because it's the hard work and dedication of our staff that has made Edgar Snyder & Associates what it is today.

Jul 30, 2012

Over the years, car manufacturers have made great strides in building vehicles that are safer and more reliable for drivers. Despite these efforts, the number of people who were killed in car accidents in the first three months of 2012 increased significantly compared to last year.

Jul 27, 2012

After nearly 100 reports of uncontrollable acceleration, Ford Motor Company is recalling more than 400,000 Escape crossover SUVs because of possible throttle-control problems.

Jul 26, 2012

Numerous studies have proven that motorcycle helmets are very effective at protecting motorcyclists against traumatic brain injuries and death in the event of an accident. According to a new study, motorcycle helmets have another, often overlooked benefit – protecting your face.

Jul 25, 2012

A man riding a bicycle on Penn Avenue in Point Breeze was killed this morning when he was hit by a car. The driver then fled the scene.

Jul 25, 2012

The city of Pittsburgh has been making great strides to improve bicycle safety, and with the new Pennsylvania bicycle safety law, you’d think there would be fewer stories in the media about bicycle accidents. It saddens me to see that unfortunately, that’s not the case. Just this morning, a fatal hit-and-run accident claimed the life of a cyclist in Point Breeze. This tragedy is just one of the many hit-and-run accidents that have taken place throughout the city recently.

Jul 24, 2012

Almost 30,000 pounds of ground beef that was produced in Pennsylvania is being recalled because it is linked to a food poisoning outbreak that has sickened people in seven states.

Jul 20, 2012

In just four years, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has drastically changed its stance on bisphenol-A (BPA). In 2008, the agency said the chemical poses no health risk. Just this week, it announced that it will no longer allow BPA in the plastic used to make baby bottles and sippy cups.

Jul 19, 2012

A new bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would prohibit rental car companies from making vehicles available to drivers that have been recalled because of safety risks. The Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act of 2012 – named in honor of the two young girls who died in a recalled car they rented from Enterprise – would prevent rental car companies from renting or selling vehicles until they have been properly repaired.

Jul 18, 2012

Many people use cosmetics like nail polish, hairspray, and perfume every day without thinking twice. However, a new study found that chemicals commonly found in these beauty products may pose a serious health risk to women.

Jul 16, 2012

Drug shortages across the nation are affecting how hospitals and clinics administer medication, putting patients at risk. People in two states fell ill after receiving injections from drug vials that were used on multiple patients even though they were designed for use on only one.

Jul 13, 2012

Do you shop at the Whole Foods Market in Pittsburgh's East Liberty neighborhood? If so, check your refrigerator because the store has issued a recall for a brand of cheese after officials from the Allegheny County Health Department said it tested positive for listeria.

Jul 13, 2012

I love having the opportunity to write about the caring and hardworking group of people I work with at the law firm. In the past, I've applauded their volunteer activities and celebrated their professional achievements, but I also think their everyday acts of kindness and hard work are just as important.

Jul 12, 2012

Parents do what they can to keep their kids safe at playgrounds, supervising and helping as much as possible. Apparently, it's possible to help too much – according to a study, parents are the number one cause of a certain type of injury.

Jul 09, 2012

Over 300,000 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat meat products have been recalled across the country. The affected products, distributed by New Jersey-based Buona Vita Inc, may be contaminated with listeria.

Jul 05, 2012

When potentially dangerous drugs are recalled, patients expect to be notified, especially when the drugs could harm their health. However, a new study found that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) failed to notify the public of some of its most urgent drug recalls.

Jul 03, 2012

In the largest healthcare fraud settlement in U.S. history, pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline will pay $3 billion in fines for promoting popular drugs for unapproved uses and failing to disclose important safety information on a dangerous drug.

Jul 02, 2012

Dole Food Company has issued a recall of over 2,500 cases of bagged salads, including some sold in Pennsylvania, because of possible bacterial contamination. The recall was initiated after a bag of salad tested positive for Listeria during a random check by the Food and Drug Administration.