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New Risperdal Lawsuits Added to Philadelphia Litigation, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports

New York, New York (PRWEB) November 27, 2014

Nearly 1,100 Risperdal lawsuits ( ) have been filed in a consolidated litigation now underway in Pennsylvania state court, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports.

Documents recently updated in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas show 1,079 records included in the state proceeding, all of which involve a drug approved to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other psychiatric conditions. Many of the cases in this proceeding allege symptoms of Risperdal gynecomastia, a painful and embarrassing condition categorized by male breast growth. Men who have developed breasts after taking this medication allege the need for mastectomies, liposuction and other surgical procedures to remove the excess tissue, which they claim to have been inadequately warned about by Risperdals manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals. (In Re: Risperdal Litigation, Case Number 100300296)

Our Firm continues to represent men in who have filed Risperdal lawsuits in this proceeding, all of whom allegedly suffered male breast growth, or gynecomastia, as a result of the medication says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective medical devices and drugs including Risperdal. The Firm is currently offering free and confidential case evaluations to individuals who allegedly developed gynecomastia after taking Risperdal.

Risperdal Lawsuits

Risperdal lawsuits filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas allege similar complications related to the use of the atypical antipsychotic medication, which is approved to treat irritability in children with autism, in addition to adults and adolescents ages 10-to-17 with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Research suggests that the treatment is also prescribed to patients with ADHD, although it is not specifically cleared for this use by regulators.*

Among the gynecomastia issues alleged in Risperdal lawsuits, plaintiffs mention breast tenderness, nipple discharge and swelling as resulting from the medication. Claimants accuse Johnson & Johnson and Janssen of failing to properly inform men of the medications tendency to produce elevated levels of prolactin, a hormone associated with female breast development and lactation in new mothers.

According to lawsuits, Johnson & Johnson and Janssen have also engaged in off-label promotion of Risperdal, for uses not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In November 2013, the companies agreed to settle charges from the U.S. Department of Justice that partially involved their alleged promotion of Risperdal to elderly patients with dementia and for pediatric uses not cleared by the agency until 2006. The federal government reported that the $ 2.2 billion settlementwas one of the largest federal case settlements involving healthcare fraud in history.

Men and boys who allegedly developed gynecomastia after their use of Risperdal may be eligible to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. Learn more about the association between Risperdal and gynecomastia when you visit Bernstein Liebhard LLPs website. For a free case review, please call 800-511-5092.

*, U.S. News & World Report, August 7, 2012

About Bernstein Liebhard LLP

Bernstein Liebhard LLP is a New York-based law firm exclusively representing injured persons in complex individual and class action lawsuits nationwide since 1993. As a national law firm, Bernstein Liebhard LLP possesses all of the legal and financial resources required to successfully challenge billion dollar pharmaceutical and medical device companies. As a result, our attorneys and legal staff have been able to recover more than $ 3 billion on behalf of our clients. The Firm has been named by The National Law Journal to the Plaintiffs Hot List, recognizing the top plaintiffs firms in the country, for the past 12 consecutive years. Bernstein Liebhard LLP is the only firm in the country to be named to this prestigious list every year since it was first published in 2003.

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Center for Autism and Related Disorders Opens Schools in Phoenix and Chandler for Individuals with Autism from Ages Five to 22

Phoenix and Chandler, Ariz. (PRWEB) December 19, 2014

Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) today announced the opening of the CARD Academy schools in Phoenix and Chandler, Ariz., private day schools for individuals with autism that use applied behavior analysis in the approach. The schools will open in Jan. 2015 and are for students with autism, developmental delay and speech-language impairment from ages five to 22. CARD Academy is a place where children and families can learn, play and thrive. The curriculum is based on the Department of Education standards and is enhanced by CARDs own assessment and curriculum called SKILLS


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What Is Causing the Autism Epidemic?

Sturgeon Bay, WI (PRWEB) January 27, 2014

Autism is a complex disorder seen in childrens developing nervous systems. It is characterized by impairments in communication and social interactions, along with restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped behaviors, interests, and activities beginning before the age of three years. Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin Chiropractor and Naturopath Dr. J G Moellendorf, DC, ND, LCP notes that much concern is focused on understanding what environmental factors may be causing the autism epidemic.

The October 2013 issue of JAMA Pediatrics published Association of Autism With Induced or Augmented Childbirth in North Carolina Birth Record (1990-1998) and Education Research (1997-2007) Databases. The research team led by Simon G. Gregory, PhD compared 625,042 birth records with school records in North Carolina. Over 5500 of these children were later diagnosed with autism. It was found that children born to mothers receiving labor induction (stimulating uterine contractions before spontaneous labor) and/or augmentation (increasing the strength, duration, or frequency of contractions during spontaneous labor) were at a much higher risk of developing autism, especially among boys. The researchers state that further investigation needs to be done to determine if underlying pregnancy conditions requiring induction/augmentation, other events during induced/augmented deliveries, or the specific treatments and dosing (such as oxytocin and prostaglandins) may be the contributing factors leading to autism.

Researchers led by Andrea L Roberts discovered a connection between air pollution and autism. Publishing Perinatal Air Pollutant Exposures and Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Children of Nurses Health Study II Participants in the August 2013 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives, they compared 325 autistic children to 22,101 normal children born between 1987 and 2002. Of those among the highest 20% exposure to diesel fumes or mercury, a 200% increase in autism was found. Of those in the highest 20% exposure to antimony, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead, manganese, or nickel, there was a 150% increase in autism. A linear relationship was found when comparing the lowest to highest exposures (higher pollution levels directly correlated with an increased risk of autism). Boys were found to be over five times more sensitive than girls for most pollutants.

The research team led by Dae-Wook Kang and Jin Gyoon Park at Arizona State UniversityTempe hypothesize that there is a link between autism and abnormal intestinal microbe populations since a high proportion of autistic children suffer from gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. Comparing 20 autistic children to 20 normal children, they were surprised to find that the severity of autistic symptoms was more highly associated with less diverse intestinal biomes (types of bacteria present) than by the severity of GI symptoms. Those with autism had much lower quantities of Prevotella, Coprococcus, and Veillonellaceae species compared to normal children. These bacterial species are versatile carbohydrate-degrading and/or fermenting bacteria, which was thought to affect the unusual dietary preferences in autistic children. It was found that the decreased diversity of species rather than dietary patterns was responsible for the symptoms of autism. The research results, Reduced Incidence of Prevotella and Other Fermenters in Intestinal Microflora of Autistic Children, were published in the July 2013 issue of PLOS ONE. The authors note that intestinal bacteria balance the immune system, aid digestion, and produce vitamins. They note that several other studies have reported that the increased antibiotics used by autistic children in the first three years of life may destabilize the microbial community, leading to autistic symptoms. By eliminating the beneficial bacteria, pathogenic bacteria begin to grow. Some of these bacteria are known to damage the brain. This damage can in turn lead to the accumulation of mercury in the brain, along with the inability to expel other heavy metals. Higher levels of these pathogenic bacteria are commonly seen in autistic children.

The question of the effects of mercury in the vaccine preservative thimerosal remains a hotly debated topic. Further information on thimerosal can be found at Recent research does show a definite connection between autism and induced/augmented delivery in child birth, air pollution, and changes to the intestinal biome.

Using the latest research findings, Moellendorf Chiropractic Office, Ltd. uses a comprehensive package of Chiropractic care, decompression traction therapy, active therapeutic movement training, cold laser therapy, and nutrition for the natural treatment of neurological conditions, neck and back pain, and other health conditions without drugs or surgery. Additional information about Chiropractic, Naturopathy, and other forms of natural health care has been provided by Moellendorf Chiropractic Office, Ltd. at

About: Dr. J G Moellendorf, DC, ND, LCP

Dr. J G Moellendorf, DC, ND, LCP attended the University of WisconsinSuperior where he majored in Physics and Mathematics, with a minor in art photography. While attending the University of MinnesotaMinneapolis, he assisted in research on ribosomal proteins. Completing his Chiropractic studies at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, he graduated Cum Laude (with high honors) in 1983. He started Moellendorf Chiropractic Office, Ltd. in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin in 1983. In 1996, Dr. Moellendorf was awarded his Doctorate in Naturopathy from Trinity School of Natural Health. In 2001, he received Chiropractics most prestigious award, the honorary Legion of Chiropractic Philosophers degree, for his thesis The Workings of Innate Intelligence in Obsessive/Compulsive and Addictive Behaviors. This paper was chosen for publishing in the book Philosophic Contemplations vol. 2 in 2002. In June of 2012, Dr. Moellendorf authored his first book titled Healthcares Best Kept Secret which can be ordered on Amazon. Dr. Moellendorf can be contacted by phone (920) 493-2126, fax (920) 743-1145, email jgmoellendorf(at)itol(dot)com, his website at, or send a carrier pigeon to 44.84722N and 87.36416W.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Raises $29,000 for Children with Autism

Dana Point, California (PRWEB) January 30, 2014

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel raised $ 29,000 for Surfers Healing through the Sixth Annual Holiday Surfboard Auction and Fourth Annual Surfing Santa Competition. Surfers Healing is a foundation for autism that hosts free surf camps that introduce children with autism and their families to the therapeutic properties of surfing. Last year, Surfers Healing took more than 4,000 children surfing during surf camps held across the country from Malibu and Doheny Beach in California to Wrightsville Beach, NC and Toronto, Canada.

The concepts for the Surfboard Auction and Surfing Santa Competition were developed by The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguels General Manager Bruce Brainerd. Since then, the ocean front resort has raised more than $ 150,000 for Surfers Healing.

The Surfing Santa Competition is a one-day surf contest where competitors dress like Santa or other holiday-inspired characters and surf the waves at Salt Creek Beach. The competition is held every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. The Holiday Surfboard Auction kicks off that same day and runs through December 31. The collection of donated surfboards is auctioned off online and over the years has highlighted boards from well-known artists like Wyland, Art Brewer, Dana Louise Kirkpatrick, and Sage Vaughn, musicians such as Donavon and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and personal boards from surf legends including Greg Long, Andy Irons, Shawn Dollar, Laird Hamilton, Garrett McNamara and Kelly Slater, to name a few.

The auction and surf competition are both part of The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguels Community Footprints program. Community Footprints was created to encourage leadership in volunteerism, fundraising, product donations and mentoring programs at a local level. No project is considered too large or too small. Dedicated Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen provide a wide range of support and services to their community, including fund-raising for local charities, reading to the blind, preparing and serving lunches at homeless shelters, donating books to schools and volunteering at food banks. The Ritz-Carlton Community Footprints stresses that the most important resource is not always money, but time.

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About Surfers Healing

Surfers Healing was founded by Izzy and Danielle Paskowitz. Their son, Isaiah, was diagnosed with autism at age three. Like many autistic children, he often suffered from sensory overload-- simple sensations could overwhelm him. The ocean was the one place where he seemed to find respite. A former competitive surfer, Israel hit upon an idea--with Isaiah on the front of his surfboard, and Izzy steering from the back, the two spent the day surfing together. Surfing had a profound impact on Isaiah. Izzy and Danielle decided they wanted to share this unique therapy with other autistic children. They began to host day camps at the beach where autistic children and their families could be exposed to a completely new experience of surfing.

About The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel premiered as the first luxury resort along coastal Orange County in August 1984. Today, the resort is a re-imagined surfside retreat that awakens guests senses with its unique ocean-front setting and remarkable service heritage. The resort is the premiere destination for travelers who desire a playful approach to Southern California luxury. The resort has been the recipient of many awards over the years, but is proud to boast earning AAA Five Diamond status for the 29th year, the longest in California. The resort offers many extraordinary luxury experiences including Raya, enoSTEAK, 180bl, The Market Place, Bar Raya, The Spa and the Eco-Adventure Center. For more information or reservations call 800-241-3333, the hotel directly at 949-240-2000, a travel professional or visit the web site at

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 85 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company website at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc.


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Adult with Autism Shares Love is Possible in New Book Autism and Falling in Love

New York City, New York (PRWEB) December 15, 2014

Kerry Magro, a nationally acclaimed disability advocate, releases his self-published book, Autism and Falling in Love: To the One That Got Away on Amazon. Magro shares an incredible story on how he fell in love and inspirational self-help tips for anyone in search of themselves. The book is available here:

In the book, Magro looks at his own personal experiences as an adult on the autism spectrum and being in a romantic relationship. As children grow up, these relationships will be possible for some on the autism spectrum. Magros first hand experience discussing The One That Got Away will open the reader to a new line of thinking while breaking down the barriers of ignorance between autism and love. Those on the autism spectrum will learn more on relationships and how they can go about finding their next partner while neurotypicals will learn some things you may expect while dating someone with autism.

Magros story is remarkable in itself. As a young child he was nonverbal until two and a half years old, kicked out of two preschools because the teachers couldnt handle him, and received an official autism diagnosis at four No one could have predicted what he has been able to accomplish today. Struggling with social and communication delays, the thought of finding the one never even crossed his mind. .

The now 26-year-old NJ native recently received his masters degree in strategic communications from Seton Hall University, is founder of KFM Making a Difference, author and consultant for the motion picture Joyful Noise which earned over $ 30 million in the United States! Magro followed up this motion picture with work on two indie films in Jane Wants a Boyfriend and Dont Foil My Plans which are both set to come out in 2015. He is a young man who has embraced both the challenges and successes of autism. Today, Magro calls them constraints and opportunities and says he has turned his disability into an A-Bility.

Kerry who came out with his debut book Defining Autism From The Heart: From Nonverbal to National Speaker on July 8, 2013 saw it hit #1 on an Amazon Best Seller List for Special Needs Parenting in only 3 days, taking over the spot from world renowned autism advocate Dr. Temple Grandins latest book, The Autistic Brain.

My debut book exceeded all my expectations. Magro said. Word of mouth was critical and everyone I know did a great job of promoting it, especially on social media. To pass my idol Temple Grandin on Amazon was a dream come true.

He continued, I hope this next book starts a conversation about adult related issues involving autism. In todays society many dont think of autism and love in the same conversation. My main takeaway with this book is for those reading it to understand that people with autism do feel empathy for others and are capable of having and maintaining relationships with the right supports.

Autism today is one of the fastest growing neurological/developmental disorders in the United States. Over 3 million Americans have autism and over 500,000 children with autism will reach adulthood in the next decade.

While Magro hopes this book will shine a light on the possibilities of autism and love, he also hopes to raise money for some worthwhile charities.

Im donating all the royalties from my next book to Autism Speaks and Best Buddies. The One That Got Away, my inspiration for this book, has a tremendous heart and I wanted to do something to give back to a cause that she feels passionately about. We hope that the proceeds of the book will be able to underwrite the cost of an integrated job for an adult with an intellectual and/or developmental disability and also fund a high school or college Best Buddies Chapter. During this holiday season, we hope that when people purchase the book they will consider making a tax-deductible donation to either one of these charities to help them advance their missions.

Ive always said that autism cant define me. I define autism. Now as an adult with autism I want to define how to be a better partner for the people I care for.

For more on Kerry and purchasing his book you can read more on his Amazon page here:

For speaking inquires Kerry can be contacted by email here:

More on Kerry Magro

Kerry Magro is an award winning national speaker who is on the autism spectrum. A recent Masters Degree graduate from Seton Hall University, he currently is CEO and Founder of KFM Making a Difference, a non-profit corporation focused on disability advocacy and housing. One of his recent accomplishments was consulting for the 2012 motion picture hit Joyful Noise starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton. The film earned over 30 million dollars in theaters worldwide. Kerry currently resides in New Jersey and works in New York doing Social Marketing for Autism Speaks.

More on Best Buddies: You can donate to their group here:

Best Buddies mission is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Their vision is to put Best Buddies out of business.

Their goals are focused on the Best Buddies 2020 Initiative which they created in 2011, with the goal of opening offices in all 50 states, expanding into 100 countries, and impacting three million people with and without IDD worldwide by the end of 2020. The initiative also includes plans to train 4,000 Buddy Ambassadors, develop 1,000 jobs for people with IDD around the world, and increase the number of school-based chapters to 2,500. As a result of these ambitious expansion efforts, Best Buddies hopes to become a household name by the end of 2020.

More on Autism Speaks: You can donate to their group here:

Autism Speaks goal is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders.

We are dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a possible cure for autism. We strive to raise public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society: and we work to bring hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. We are committed to raising the funds necessary to support these goals.

Autism Speaks aims to bring the autism community together as one strong voice to urge the government and private sector to listen to our concerns and take action to address this urgent global health crisis.

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What Do You Know About Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Jacksonville, Fla. (PRWEB) November 17, 2014

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the population of individuals identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is increasing each year. Most recent statistics say about one child out of every 68 has autism.

Author and educator Elizabeth Haddon, Ed.D., believes ignorance about neurological diversity amplifies the challenges autism presents to parents, teachers and treatment providers.

In her new fiction novel, Milo Autistic Warrior, she hopes to contribute to the conversation of what it means to be human and how a society responds to diversity and expectations of normalcy. What qualifies as normal and why do we value it so much?

Dr. Haddon wrote Milo Autistic Warrior as a novel about family, relationships, autism, repressed rage and the courage required to find identity in the midst of fear and destructiveness. The main character, Milo, is an autistic young man living in a society that both rejects and isolates him for being different. The story provides a glimpse into the future of how individuals with neurological differences will be affected if we dont educate ourselves.

In her more than 20 years as a counseling therapist, Dr. Haddon has acquired a deeper understanding of a bigger issue.

Schools are notoriously unsafe environments for both children and adults, Dr. Haddon said. If we care about learning, physical and emotional bullying becomes a cultural issue. Bullying, in all its forms, obliterates a sense of safety by creating an atmosphere of fear, guilt and shame.

Milo Autistic Warrior

By Elizabeth Haddon, Ed.D.

ISBN: 978-1-4969-2036-2

Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and AuthorHouse online bookstores

About the author

Elizabeth Haddon, Ed.D., is a retired international school educator currently living in Florida. With a masters degree in psychology and a doctorate in education, Elizabeth has worked with children and adults in private practice, as a school counselor and as a school principal for more than 30 years. She has three grown children and 11 grandchildren. Milo-Autistic Warrior is her first novel.

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