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The right criminal defense approach might get charges dismissed

In New York, possession or distribution of an illegal substance is a crime and can result in years in prison and significant fines. If you have been arrested on drug charges for possession or sale of an illegal substance, you may be facing serious consequences that can affect the rest of your life. If you have a past criminal history, your punishment can be even more serious.If you were arrested for drug possession or distribution, you could face a number of misdemeanor and felony charges. Generally, possession with intent to distribute may result in more severe penalties than simple possession for personal use. Selling drugs such as cocaine and heroin will often result in harsher penalties than marijuana possession.The prosecution is responsible for proving that you are guilty of the [...]

The right criminal defense approach might get charges dismissed2017-07-31T00:00:00+00:00

High blood pressure misdiagnoses

Whenever New York residents and those across the country visit the doctor, they typically have their blood pressure checked. This is to ensure that a patient is not suffering from high blood pressure, which can lead to heart disease, strokes and other potentially dangerous conditions. However, many doctors still use manual devices, which could lead to a misdiagnosis.Part of the problem is that manual devices can give a wrong reading if they are not used correctly. In fact, a study published in a Canadian journal found that 20 percent of Canadian patients who were being treated for high blood pressure did not actually have the condition. This means that these patients were taking medication that they did not need. Wrong measurements are so prevalent because, in addition to not taking [...]

High blood pressure misdiagnoses2017-07-31T00:00:00+00:00

Construction industry working to update safety helmets

New York residents who work in the construction industry may be interested in learning that, according to government researchers, more than 2,200 fatal traumatic brain injuries occurred in construction workers from 2003 to 2010. To reduce the risk of fatal traumatic brain injuries from happening, some construction firms are working to develop safety helmets that protect workers better than the traditional hard hats they usually wear.According to the researchers, the rate of fatal traumatic brain injuries that took place in the seven-year span that was studied was 2.6 per 100,000 full-time construction workers. Workers who were 65 years of age or older had higher rates than their younger counterparts did. Additionally, on-site falls were determined to be the most frequent cause of traumatic brain injuries. To protect against these types [...]

Construction industry working to update safety helmets2017-07-31T00:00:00+00:00

Presenting a defense to assault and battery charges

Assault and battery charges can result in severe consequences, including substantial jail time and fines. However, many people who are charged with a violent crime are not guilty or have a legally valid argument to justify their actions. If you can plan a solid criminal defense strategy to defend yourself from these charges, the charges against you may be partially or fully dropped.If you have been accused of assault or battery in New York, you may have acted in self-defense. In order to prove self-defense, you must show that you acted in response to a threat of unlawful force or harm and that you had a reasonable and real fear of harm at the time. You must also show that you did not provoke the person you attacked and that [...]

Presenting a defense to assault and battery charges2017-07-21T00:00:00+00:00

Surgery not beneficial for early-stage prostate cancer patients

One common treatment for New York men who have been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer is surgery. However, a 20-year study provided evidence showing that this surgery not only did not prolong patients' lives, but it also often resulted in serious complications.The study found that 61 percent of men who were given the prostate cancer surgery died as a result of other causes. Of those who did not have the surgery, 66 percent died of other causes. Of those who did die fromprostate cancer, 7 percent of the men had had prostate cancer surgery while 11 percent did not. Of those who were surgically treated for prostate cancer, 17 percent experienced incontinence while 15 percent experienced erectile dysfunction. Forty-five percent of the men developed other complications associated with prostate cancer [...]

Surgery not beneficial for early-stage prostate cancer patients2017-07-18T00:00:00+00:00

New York woman arrested for identity theft

With the technological advancements of recent years, identity theft has become one of the fastest growing crimes in society. A Brooklyn woman was recently arrested and charged with identity theft, forgery, receiving stolen property and theft, among other felony criminal counts. The woman was arrested after the alleged victim contacted the authorities. The alleged victim claimed that thieves had gotten her information and drained over $20,000 from her account through numerous bank transactions.After a thorough investigation, the police identified the woman as the alleged perpetrator and obtained a felony warrant for her arrest. She was then located and arrested earlier this summer. She is currently being held on $10,000 bail and will be in jail until her preliminary hearing.Identity theft occurs when someone wrongfully obtains someone else's personal and financial [...]

New York woman arrested for identity theft2017-07-12T00:00:00+00:00

Endometriosis sufferers may benefit from biomarker research

New Yorkers who suffer from endometriosis may be interested in learning about an assessment conducted by researchers at Yale School of Medicine. This disease, which impacts as much as 10 percent of American women who are old enough to bear children, can cause worsening pelvic pain and debilitating menstrual cramps. Globally, endometriosis may be the cause of symptoms like infertility and pelvic pain in up to 50 percent of sufferers.According to news reports, the findings discussed at the May 2017 World Congress on Endometriosis put forth the idea that tracking certain biomarkers could help doctors diagnose and treat endometriosis earlier. Since misdiagnosis is a huge problem that affects almost two-thirds of women with endometriosis, researchers believe that the study could be a critical turning point in managing the disease.On average, [...]

Endometriosis sufferers may benefit from biomarker research2017-07-11T00:00:00+00:00

New York ambulette driver faces DWI charges

An ambulette driver in New York is facing criminal charges after allegedly driving while intoxicated on the job. The 45-year-old driver was transporting a dialysis patient to a treatment center in Nassau County when he crashed the vehicle into two utility poles. The driver struck one of the poles, left the scene and proceeded to strike another pole a mile away. Witnesses say that the van was almost pushed into oncoming traffic, which would have caused further damage.Officers arrived on the scene and found the driver on the ground next to the vehicle. The driver was taken to the hospital, where he was charged with a DWI, as well as leaving the scene of an accident, criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and driving while ability impaired by drugs or alcohol.The patient [...]

New York ambulette driver faces DWI charges2017-07-06T00:00:00+00:00

Teenage workers and workplace injuries

Many teenagers in New York and the rest of the nation will be seeking summertime jobs. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports that in 2015, 13 percent of the labor force, or 19.1 million workers, were under the age of 24. While working during the summer may seem like a good idea, both teenagers and their parents should know that teenagers may sustain workplace injuries.According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, insufficient safety training, inadequate management and dangerous equipment are just some of the workplace hazards to which younger workers are exposed. In 2015, there were 403 people under the age of 24 who died as a result of injuries incurred on the job. From 1998 to 2007, on an annual basis, hospitals in the United [...]

Teenage workers and workplace injuries2017-07-05T00:00:00+00:00
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