This Week in Health News: 11 Stories You Need to See

A roundup of the week’s most newsworthy health industry press releases from PR Newswire, including stats, apps, and campaigns for Mental Health Awareness Month.

NEW YORK, May 5, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — With thousands of press releases published each week, it can be difficult to keep up with everything on PR Newswire. To help journalists covering the healthcare industry stay on top of the week’s most newsworthy and popular releases, here’s a roundup of stories from the week that shouldn’t be missed.

The list below includes the headline (with a link to the full text) and an excerpt from each story. Click on the press release headlines to access accompanying multimedia assets that are available for download.

  1. CVS Health study spotlights rising mental health concerns
    Six in 10 (60%) respondents aged 18-32 say they are concerned about their mental health, and two thirds (67%) say they know a lot of people in their community that are struggling with mental health issues.
  2. MyFitnessPal Addresses Women’s Top Nutrition Concerns with New Plan Available Now for Women’s Health Month
    Following a survey of women across several countries, MyFitnessPal identified their top concerns and created a seven day plan designed to improve their overall focus, energy, mood and sleep. Users will  receive easy-to-implement tips and daily tasks for small changes that will empower them to unlock their best selves through better, smarter choices.
  3. Michelle Obama Announces the Launch of PLEZi Nutrition: A Public Benefit Company with a Purpose to Help Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids
    PLEZi Nutrition was created to give parents a helping hand by offering healthier, great-tasting products that parents can feel good about giving their kids and that kids actually want. The company is focused on lowering sugar content and lowering sweetness to help adjust kids’ palates to crave less sweetness overall.
  4. obVus Solutions Releases minder 2.0, The One App to Mind All Wellness
    minder eliminates the need for multiple apps, leveraging real-time biofeedback to coach and condition positive habits: good posture, mindful breathing, purposeful breaks, restful sleep and more.
  5. The Genius of Play™ Launches ‘Emotional Wellness Playbook’ During Mental Health Awareness Month
    The digital playbook features 12 play ideas for kids ages 3+ that effectively tackle the five key components of emotional intelligence: emotional self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills.
  6. 70% of Women Wish They Knew More About Postpartum Mental Health Before Giving Birth, with Higher Percentages in Minority Communities: MetroPlusHealth Survey
    According to the survey, 50% of respondents incorrectly believe that Black and white birthing people have the same maternal mortality rate. In fact, Black patients are three times more likely than their white counterparts to die from a pregnancy-related complication, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  7. New Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade Reveals Significant Increase in Healthcare-Associated Infections and Worsening Patient Experience During COVID-19 Pandemic
    “The dramatic spike in HAIs reported in this Safety Grade cycle should stop hospitals in their tracks—infections like these can be life or death for some patients,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.
  8. American Public Education, Inc. Honors National Nurses Month with Nursing Excellence Awards, “Salute to Nurses” Tour
    “Nurses and nurse educators play a vital role in our healthcare system and communities, and we are incredibly grateful for their dedication to providing quality patient care and education to support the next generation of nurses,” said APEI president and CEO Angela Selden.
  9. OMRON Healthcare President and CEO Ranndy Kellogg Named one of Crain’s Notable Leaders in Health Care 2023
    Crain’s is recognizing Mr. Kellogg for leading OMRON Healthcare’s evolution to its Going for Zero mission to eliminate heart attack and stroke, for achieving meaningful firsts that redefined the blood pressure monitoring experience, and for guiding the company into its long-term focus on digital health tools to provide real-time health coaching and support.
  10. Post-Pandemic Baby & Child Development
    Alea Diagnostics (“Alea”), a company supporting child development monitoring with parents using the Lorestry app and companion baby development progression reports, is now available to leading NICUs and companies providing early intervention and care to children with developmental delays.
  11. Study Suggests Catalyst for Human Brain Evolution
    “We realized that these human-specific structural changes may have created the right environment for HARs to evolve fast in the human ancestor, after remaining almost the same over millions of years of mammal evolution,” said Kathleen Keough, PhD, first author of the study and former postdoctoral scholar in the Pollard lab at Gladstone.

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Can’t-Miss Earnings

In addition to these popular releases, several must-read earnings reports crossed the wire this week, including the quarterly results for Neurocrine Biosciences, Ionis Pharmaceuticals, and CVS Health Corporation.

Catch up on all the latest earnings reports here.

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