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November 2017 Archives

Fall protection violations tops 2017 OSHA violations list

New York readers may be interested to learn that fall-related workplace violations topped the list of federal citations issued in 2017, according to a new report by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It is the sixth year in a row that fall violations took the top spot.

Non-consensual pornography will soon be a crime in New York City


Internet sex crimes are becoming common as social media continues to increase in popularity. According to a study by the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, over 12 percent of United States internet users have been a victim of non-consensual pornography, or "revenge porn."

New study shows an increase in organized retail crime


As we gear up for the holiday season, retailers are paying close attention to preventing theft. According to an annual study by the National Retail Federation, organized retail crime (ORC) is on the rise. Any New York resident who is caught taking items from a store without paying for them or engaging in fraudulent returns may be arrested and charged with theft. The specific charges and potential conviction penalties will depend on the value of the items stolen and the circumstances of the incident.

Study finds ADHD medication lowers car crash risk

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is common among children, adolescents and young adults; its characteristics include short attention spans, impulsivity and hyperactive behavior such as excessive talking and fidgeting. When people with ADHD get behind the wheel, they might endanger others because of their tendency to drive distracted. Residents of New York should know that a study has been published in JAMA Psychiatry showing what the risks are and how they might be alleviated.

Skin conditions with similar symptoms can lead to misdiagnoses

New York has plenty of options when it comes to health care providers and skincare specialists. However, the average person may not seek out a dermatologist because they think most skin problems are minor. It's important to remember that many skin disorders are similar in appearance and often confused with each other. A serious disease mistaken for a rash, for example, could lead to lost treatment time or worse.

Third type of diabetes may go overlooked

While many New Yorkers are familiar with two types of diabetes, there is actually a third version of the medical issue. Type 3c diabetes generally occurs after a person has had pancreatic disease or other issues with that part of the body. However, those who have this third type of diabetes may be being misdiagnosed with type 1 or type 2 instead.

Fetty Wap faces DWI charges after alleged drag racing in New York


Rapper Fetty Wap was recently arrested for drag racing in Brooklyn while under the influence of alcohol. When someone is charged with a DWI, they often face a number of additional charges related to the DWI, which could result in even more serious consequences.

CNA study reveals common cause of slip and falls

Researchers from CNA Financial Corporation have reviewed records of slip-and-fall liability claims from 2010 to 2016, finding several common factors in the accidents recorded. Businesses in New York and across the U.S. will want to consider the advice that the researchers gave on how to improve floor safety.

Opioid and liability claims related to medication

New York patients who have to take medication for their medical condition should know that opioids have been a common factor in liability claims related to medicine. Based on a report released by a medical liability insurer, opioids were involved in 24 percent of medication-related liability claims.

New York ambulette driver faces DWI charges


A New York driver is facing felony DUI charges after he allegedly committed multiple traffic violations while driving. Police stopped the man after purportedly observing the man speeding and failing to maintain his lane on several occasions. After stopping the vehicle and investigating further, police noticed the man's slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and an odor of alcohol on his breath. The man also apparently failed a number of field sobriety tests given at the scene.

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