A Recap of This Week’s Top News – November 18, 2022

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 and education, labor, and economy sectors. This list includes mainstream, DC-focused, and trade publication coverage from Saturday, November 12, to Friday, November 18. 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:

  • A new study suggests smoking marijuana may be more harmful to a person’s lungs than cigarettes. Health experts concerned about the drug’s impact on lung health call for additional research as more states move to legalize the drug.
  • According to a new study, approximately 1 billion minors across the nation could suffer from hearing loss. This comes as a result of exposure to unsafe listening practices, including listening to content at a noise level above the national average.


  • The Biden administration appealed the most recent ruling from a Texas federal judge to block student loan forgiveness. Although, before the judge’s ruling on Thursday, the processing of student loan forgiveness had already been paused due to a temporary stay issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals in a separate lawsuit.

Advancements in Health:

  • According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a new antidote for opioid overdose may be available for over-the-counter use in some forms. Naloxone, the new drug, can be taken as a nasal spray or be auto injected. As of now, doctors can prescribe the antidote, but it is also available in some states without a prescription.

Rethinking Educational Approaches:

  • Of late, a dominant change continues to shift higher education admission policies. According to the U.S. Dept of Ed, between the fall of 2019 and 2021, 800 institutions have adjusted their policies to no longer require standardized test scores.

Rather than go private, Black families are opting to embrace pod schooling permanently beyond the pandemic. The movement is viewed as a positive alternative to a public education system that has historically caused their children to falter.