A Recap of This Week’s Top News – January 27, 2023

Changes to policy, scientific discovery, and expert recommendations and opinions all have the power to rapidly influence the landscape of a sector. Whether you’re a leader at a non-profit, a member of a university’s marketing department, or a stakeholder for a public health agency, being informed about the latest industry happenings can be the difference between exceeding and falling short of organizational goals. At Hager Sharp, our experts vigorously scan media coverage to identify areas of opportunity. And now, with the introduction of the Sharp Round-Up, you too can review what we consider some of the top news of the week.

Below you will find a compilation of news spanning the health, education, labor, and economy sectors. This list includes mainstream, DC-focused, and trade publication coverage from Saturday, January 14 to Friday, January 20. Let these clips serve as a resource when developing thoughtful strategies and use them to further foster organizational innovation and adaptability.

Here’s what you need to know.

Mainstream News:

  • Researchers completed the longest happiness study in the world and believe they have found the key to being truly happy.
  • The FDA proposed for healthy adults to receive one dose of the updated COVID-19 vaccine annually, similarly to the flu vaccine.
  • As trauma and social anxiety continue to increase among college students, more are seeking out mental health treatment for trauma and social anxiety. A recent report released this past Wednesday examines the connection between mental health and academic success.

Education News:

  • It was recently reported that a quarter of teachers have revised instructional materials to limit or exclude topics of race and gender due to direct pressure from parents to shift their teaching practices.
  • For the past 30 years, there have been four finalists for National Teacher of the Year. This year, we are introduced to five. The award presented by The Council of Chief State Schools recognizes and celebrates educators for their excellent work inside and outside of the classroom.

Health News:

  • The FDA is issuing new guidelines to limit children’s exposure to lead from baby food to the lowest level possible.
  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid reported that a record 16.3 million people sought healthcare under the Affordable Care Act for 2023 coverage.

Advancements in Health:

  • Evidence has surfaced that leads scientists to believe that the oldest vaccine in the world that is currently still in use might be able to stave off type 1 diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cancer, and multiple sclerosis.
  • Biotechnology companies have uncovered evidence that led them to believe that mesothelin, a tumor differentiation antigen, is the key to tackling solid tumors.