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2013 Archive

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New Drug’s Failure Raises Questions Over Other Diabetes Drugs

A leading Swiss pharmaceutical manufacturer, Roche, decided to halt its testing of a promising new diabetes drug, called aleglitazar. The drug was in late-stage testing, and Roche's decision to discontinue testing raises questions about the safety of all diabetes medications, especially the controversial drug Avandia.

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Whole Foods Announces Widespread Cheese Recall

Whole Foods Market has announced a recall of "les frères" cheese products due to an outbreak of the bacteria listeria. The recall has reached 30 states including Pennsylvania, with one incident occurring as locally as Ohio. Since June, the contaminated cheese has sickened four people, killed one, and caused a pregnant woman to miscarry.

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Introducing Our YouTube Guide to Pennsylvania Auto Insurance

My staff recently created a Guide to Pennsylvania Auto Insurance playlist on YouTube. The videos on the playlist feature one of my partners, Attorney Michael Rosenzweig, as he talks about the inexpensive yet most valuable ways you can protect yourself with your auto insurance policies. The coverage options he discusses aren't included in Pennsylvania's minimum required coverage, which allows insurance companies to sell you the lowest priced coverage. But as Attorney Rosenzweig puts it, if you're injured in an accident, it's more expensive if you don't have some of these coverage options included on your policy.

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Celebrating Female Motorcyclists

We see female motorcyclists more and more on the roads, so it's only appropriate that the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum named July as Women's Motorcycle Month a few years ago. The purpose is to celebrate those women who currently ride and those women in the past who inspired others to "ride" their way into a traditionally male-dominated sport.

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Boating Safety Tips for Lake Erie & Pittsburgh Regatta

With Lake Erie nearby and Pittsburgh’s rivers and events like the Regatta right around the corner, boating safety is important for everyone to consider across the region. From following Pennsylvania’s boating laws to performing routine safety checks on your watercraft, there are many things to keep in mind to protect yourself and any passengers.

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Fireworks Safety Tips

It’s hard to believe we’re nearly ready to celebrate another Independence Day. Hopefully you and your family have had a safe and healthy year thus far. Perhaps you’ve already heard some firework cracks and pops – familiar sounds as we approach the July 4 holiday.

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PennDOT Releases 2012 Pennsylvania Crash Facts & Statistics

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation recently released its 2012 Pennsylvania Crash Facts & Statistics Handbook, which details information on various types of traffic collisions that occurred across the state last year.

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Edgar Snyder Bike Nite - Chance to Win a Trip to Las Vegas!

Edgar Snyder & Associates sponsors Quaker Steak & Lube Bike Nites, which take place at the Pleasant Hills location (511 Clairton Boulevard, Pleasant Hills, PA 15236) on Wednesday evenings from 5-10 p.m. through October.

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Holiday Fireworks Hurt 5,000 in 30 Days

Despite their family-friendly reputation, fireworks are more dangerous than many believe them to be. Last year, more than 5,000 people were sent to U.S. emergency rooms with injuries caused by fireworks during the 30 days surrounding the July 4 holiday.

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Supreme Court Ruling Brings Bad News for Patients

The Supreme Court has ruled that patients cannot sue generic drug manufacturers for defectively designed drugs. The ruling overturns a verdict that awarded a woman $21 million after a horrific skin reaction to a generic version of the pain killer sulindac.

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Research Confirms: Infuse Bone Graft May Harm More than Help

The nation's largest medical device manufacturer, Medtronic, has funded and released the results of an independent review of its Infuse Bone Graft product. The results of the review confirm that the product may pose more risks than benefits for patients.

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Fracking Study Will Take Three More Years

At a recent Marcellus Shale conference, the US Environmental Protection Agency announced that their study on shale-drilling's effect on drinking water will not be complete until 2016.

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It’s Bring Your Dog to Work Day! Volunteering at Animal Friends

Today is Bring Your Dog to Work Day, and we hope at least a few of you were able to bring your favorite canine with you. We are unable to bring our furry friends into our offices, but luckily a sweet beagle from Animal Friends celebrated early by traveling with shelter staff members to the courtyard outside the building to do some outreach.

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Do You Know What Drowning Really Looks Like?

A couple weeks ago I published a blog post about swimming pool safety, and I wanted to follow up with a common misconception I recently read about: drowning doesn't look like drowning. Most of us have only seen someone "drowning" on TV, where the victim splashes violently, calls for help, and gasps for air. In reality, drowning is a tragically quiet event that often goes unnoticed (or unrealized) until it's too late.

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Nap Nanny Products Recalled Following Lawsuit

This past Friday, the manufacturer Baby Matters agreed to a recall of its Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill infant recliner products. The recall comes as part of a settlement in a lawsuit the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) filed against the manufacturer in December 2012.

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2013 Pennsylvania Rising Stars

A few weeks ago I was happy to announce that several partners and attorneys at our law firm have been named to the list of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers for 2013. Today I am proud to share that we also have six more attorneys who have been selected to the 2013 Pennsylvania Rising Stars list.

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Attorneys Selected to the 2013 Rising Stars List

Attorneys included on the Rising Stars list are nominated by their peers as being the best up-and-coming attorneys who are age 40 and under or who have been practicing 10 years or less.

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Gerald Hutton Elected to Academy of Trial Lawyers

Attorney Gerald Hutton of Edgar Snyder & Associates has been elected to membership in the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County. The Academy was founded in 1959 as an organization of trial lawyers to assist in the fair and efficient administration of justice.

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Drive Safe, Drive Distraction-Free

Vehicle technology is constantly evolving. It's hard to believe that there are cars we can plug in and cars that can park themselves. I think it's great that manufacturers are trying to make vehicles more efficient and safer, but unfortunately, some new functions aren't as safe as they intended them to be.

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Bicycling is the Leading Cause of Sports-Related Head Injuries

With the progression of medicine and injury prevention in today’s sports, one type of injury is the focus again and again: head injury. Sports such as football and hockey usually are the focus because their gameplay typically involves violent collisions, but surprisingly enough, the sport that causes the most head injuries is not a contact sport.