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Antipsychotics Prescribed For Elderly Patients

Posted on November 25th, 2013 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

The world’s eighth largest drug manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, agreed to pay as much as $2.2 billion earlier this month to settle US probes into the marketing of antipsychotic drugs – including Risperdal – to older adults, children and the disabled. According to a New York Times article The Justice Department has determined that the company promoted […]

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Construction Site Injuries, West Side, Manhattan

Posted on November 21st, 2013 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

Four people, including three pedestrians and a firefighter, were injured recently when construction paneling collapsed from a West 40th Street building in Manhattan, sending debris on to the sidewalk below. Earlier that day, the New York City Department of Buildings issued a warning to all workers, contractors and property owners to secure project sites due […]

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The Current State of e-discovery and Social Media Websites

Posted on October 28th, 2013 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

In September 2012, Twitter gave a sealed document to a New York criminal court containing three months worth of tweets and data from an Occupy Wall Street protester’s Twitter account. Both the defendant, charged with disorderly conduct, and Twitter filed motions to stop the subpoena but were denied by the judge. The case has led […]

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Type 2 Diabetes Risk: Antipsychotic Drugs and Children

Posted on October 23rd, 2013 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

The use of second generation antipsychotic drugs (SGAs) appears to increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes in children, according to a 2001-2008 study by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. While it was previously known that SGAs could double adult users’ chances of developing diabetes, the study suggests that children who are prescribed […]

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The SUM Bill and Insurance Law

Posted on October 19th, 2013 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

In June 2012, the New York State Legislature passed an amendment to the Insurance Law that would protect car insurance policyholders and their loved ones from injuries caused by uninsured and underinsured drivers. The SUM bill requires that a driver’s SUM insurance limit match their liability coverage — unless the driver chooses to decline the […]

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A Landlord’s Failure to Maintain Property

Posted on October 18th, 2013 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

Recently, a Bronx Housing Court Judge sentenced a Bronx landlord to 30 days in jail for neglecting to make needed repairs on his apartment building. While the landlord claimed he was unable to make needed repairs to his apartment building due to lack of funds, he was unable to prove this claim in court. His […]

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Cardiovascular Disease, Heart Surgery and Wrongful Death

Posted on October 14th, 2013 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for New York citizens and the worldwide population. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that in 2008, 17.3 million people died due to CVD, representing 30% of all global deaths. According to the New York State Department of Health’s comprehensive report, The Burden of Cardiovascular Disease in […]

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Effectiveness and Reliability of the Drugs Presently Prescribed to Treat Hypothyroidism

Posted on August 26th, 2013 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

According to a recent publication in the Wall Street Journal, some sufferers of hypothyroidism and several associated activist organizations are calling for more thorough screening tests and more effective treatment of the condition. Though studies regarding alternative therapies and medications show conflicting results, Michelle Bickford, the 36 year old founder of the advocacy group, ThyroidChange, […]

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Poor Hygiene and Inadequate Care in Nursing Homes

Posted on August 23rd, 2013 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

When a loved one is no longer able to live independently due to age or illness, many families decide to place them in the care of a nursing home. According to the Center for Medicare Services, approximately 3.3 million Americans will live in an elder care facility in 2013. In the over 16,000 facilities nationwide, […]

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Recent Johns Hopkins Study Links Certain Brands of Beer to Emergency Room Visits

Posted on August 22nd, 2013 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

A New York Times article by Anahad O’Connor titled “Beers Implicated in Emergency Room Visits” addresses some questions raised by a new study at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore which narrows down the five beer brands consumed most often by patents who ended up in the emergency room due to their consumption. The article cites […]

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