June 2014 Archive

New Bike Lanes Coming to Pittsburgh
New Bike Lanes Coming to Pittsburgh

UPDATE: July 7, 2014: The official announcement of Pittsburgh's $250,000 bike lane renovation plan has been made by Mayor Peduto – the completion of the safer cycle lanes is set for Labor Day.

The Safe Way to Sparkle

Setting off fireworks may be the most exciting part of the Fourth of July holiday, but many people don't realize the risks that they can pose. From June to July each year, 200 people go to the ER every day with injuries related to fireworks.

Wikipedia Needs an Update
Drug Info on Wikipedia Dangerously Outdated

You might want to think twice before using Wikipedia as your authority on a drug you're taking. An independent study found that many of the site's entries for prescription medications are inaccurate or outdated.

New Smartphone Distractions Worry Lawmakers
Cell Phone GPS Apps Under Fire for Distracting Drivers

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is looking for strict regulation of smartphone navigation apps after making the claim that they are just as harmful to drivers as texting while driving.

Low T Treatments Carry Risk
New FDA Warning Added to Low-T Treatments

Concern for the safety of testosterone supplements is reaching a peak as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updates its warnings about blood clots occurring as a result of taking these products.

Undeclared Ingredients Could Hurt Consumers
Bee Pollen Products Hide Banned Substances

An investigation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made startling discoveries about certain weight loss supplements containing bee pollen as an active ingredient. Cancer and stroke-causing chemicals are popping up in bee pollen products.

Top 5 Hidden Hazards in Your Yard

Homeowners enjoy all sorts of activities in their yards, particularly during the summer—one of the few times of year when Pennsylvania lawns aren't covered in snow. If you own a home, it's your responsibility to keep your property safe for visitors. People who fail to keep their property safe could be liable for visitors' injuries based on what's called "Homeowner Liability."

Takata Airbags Need a Second Look
Honda, Mazda, Nissan Recall Explosive Airbags

An ongoing investigation stemming from a recall last year discovered that airbags in certain Honda, Mazda, and Nissan vehicles are prone to deploy at the wrong time or explode. All three automakers made similar recalls in 2013 for the same issue.

senior driver
PA Seniors Get Help Behind the Wheel

The constant changes in cars' technology can be tough to keep up with for anyone. Seniors for Safe Driving (SSD), the American Automobile Association (AAA), and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) are making sure that older Pennsylvanians don't fall behind by offering driving refresher courses.

cell phone teen texting
Best and Worst States for Teen Drivers

Auto accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States—16- to 19-year-olds have the highest crash rate of any age group. Teens from coast to coast are at risk, but specific factors in some states make driving in these regions particularly dangerous for young people. A new report uses traffic statistics as well as safety and financial data to identify the best and worst states for teen drivers.

Ignition Defects Trigger Yet another GM Recall

GM is now recalling more vehicles due to defects involving faulty ignitions. The car manufacturer’s latest announcement brings the total number of GM recalls this year to a whopping 44.

fun family
Being a 'Cool Parent' Could Cost You

Raising teenagers isn't easy. It can be tough to negotiate the years when your children are spending more and more time out of the house with their friends but still have yet to go away to college. Whether parents realize it or not, during this time period teens may start engaging in various risky behaviors.

Wet Floors are not the Only Cause
National Safety Month: How to Prevent Slips and Falls

June is National Safety Month, and each week focuses on keeping you safe in different everyday situations. This week, the National Safety Council (NSC) focuses on preventing slips, trips, and falls.

scales of justice and gavel
The Difference between Criminal Law and Civil Law

With all of the prominent criminal trials in the news, and the countless crime dramas on television, it's not surprising that many people's legal knowledge is strictly limited to the realm of criminal law. Some may not be aware that another category of law exists in addition to criminal law: civil law.

Salmonella Continues Spreading
Salmonella Hits Spices: Costco Pepper Recalled

Costco is sending out warnings and recalling products after tests in their lab found a rare strain of the bacteria in their Coarse Ground Malabar Black Pepper.

Labels are Not Always 100% Accurate
Unmarked Food Allergens Pose New Threat

In the wake of a recent cranberry recall and a camping trip horror story, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) acknowledges a new threat to food safety. It isn't a food poisoning contamination – it's simply mislabeled ingredients.

Alexa and Tad at a Ball Game
Alexa's Hugs Encourages Seat Belt Use after Devastating Loss

It's the bad news every parent loses sleep thinking about – the knock on the door at 2 o'clock in the morning, the police officer asking strange questions, and in the blink of an eye, nothing will ever be the same again. Tad Johnson of Colorado knows the experience better than he ever hoped after losing his daughter Alexa to a car accident. The worst part is, she wasn't wearing her seat belt, and her death might have been prevented.

Pedestrians With Disabilities Speak Out
Pittsburgh's Pedestrians with Disabilities Face Challenges

Only a month after Pittsburgh was named the 2nd Safest City for Pedestrians in America, some of the city's citizens with disabilities are speaking out about how tough it can be for them to move through popular parts of town.

Chia Seeds Contaminated
Salmonella Seizes Another: Chia Seeds Contaminated

With more Americans getting food poisoning every day, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has their hands full as new cases continue to pop up. This time, 17 confirmed cases of salmonella have sickened consumers of sprouted chia seed powder.

Not Exactly a Quality Egg
Salmonella Contaminates Eggs, Business
It's a bad year to be a food producer in America. Quality Egg LLC executives pleaded "guilty" to selling eggs tainted with salmonella and bribing inspectors to allow the sale of unsafe food products.