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CORRECTION: Expansion of Pipeline to Mental Health

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Nearly half of U.S. psychologists in a new survey say they cannot meet the growing demand for services and three-quarters say they have longer waiting lists than before the pandemic. “This new survey confirms what we have already heard from patients: people are having a hard time accessing the mental health services they need,” said Dr. Michele Nealon, Psy.D., President of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. “It is critical now more than ever to expand the pipeline for mental health professionals and promote integrated behavioral health into primary care.” The 2022 COVID-19 Practitioner Impact Survey of almost 2,300 psychologists by the American Psychological Association found that demand for treatment of anxiety and depression remained high for the third consecutive year, along with increased demand for treatment of stressor-related disorders, and substance use disorders. Six in 10 practitioners said they had no more openings for new patients, nearly half (46%) said they had been unable to meet treatment demand and nearly three quarters (72%) have longer waiting lists than before the pandemic. On average, psychologists reported being contacted by more than 15 potential new patients seeking care per month. Nearly eight in 10 psychologists (79%) said they had seen an increase in the number of patients with anxiety disorders since the start of the pandemic, and 66% had seen an increase in the demand for treatment for depression. Almost half (47%) said they had seen an increase in demand for substance use treatment (compared to 43% last year) and 64% had seen an increase in demand for trauma treatment (compared to 62% last year). 2021). Additionally, two-thirds of psychologists reported seeing an increase in symptom severity among patients in 2022. “The social, emotional, and economic effects of a pandemic are still with us and will be for quite some time. In addition, the stressors associated with inflation, social and racial inequities, political upheaval, and international tensions are creating an unsettled nation. At a time when mental health services are needed the most, we are struggling the most to meet those needs,” said Dr. Nealon. “Policy makers have to make a bigger investment in financial and programmatic support to ensure that everyone who seeks psychological services can find a professional who can understand and help them.” The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is a non-profit majority minority institution, educating 6,000 students at seven campuses in major metro areas around the national. Two of three identify as students of color, including a significant number of first-generation college students. About The Chicago School of Professional Psychology: Integrating theory with hands-on experience, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology provides education rooted in a commitment to innovation, service, and community for thousands of diverse students across the United States and globally. Founded in 1979, the nonprofit, regionally accredited university now features campuses in iconic locations across the country (Chicago, Southern California, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, Dallas) and online. To spark positive change in the world where it matters most, The Chicago School has continued to expand its educational offerings beyond the field of psychology to offer more than 30 degrees and certificates in the professional fields of health services, education, counseling, business, and more. Through its engaged professional model of education, commitment to diversity and inclusion, and an extensive network of domestic and international professional partnerships, The Chicago School’s students receive real-world training opportunities that reflect their future careers. The Chicago School is proud to be a part of TCS Education System, a nonprofit, integrated system of colleges and universities that works collaboratively to advance student success and community impact. To learn more, visit www.thechicagoschool.edu. Contact Details Vivien Hao +1 323-893-4743 vhao@thechicagoschool.edu

November 29, 2022 06:18 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Jon Harper Appointed as Chief Client Officer for Assembly Europe

Assembly

Global omnichannel media agency Assembly has elevated Jon Harper to a new role as Chief Client Officer for its European business. The role is the first of its kind for Assembly in the region, signaling the increasing importance of Client Experience & Leadership within the agency. Over the course of Jon’s 6-year tenure with Assembly, he has worked with clients including Lenovo, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, and Converse with great success, building strong relationships across the board. With his new appointment, Harper will be leading every step of the client relationship journey in the business for Europe. “Assembly has grown and evolved to become a true global force beyond digital media, leading the agency to win large omnichannel deals and expanding existing client relationships. Through this, we have identified the need to go further to support clients with a broader set of solutions at a high service level in order to promote growth in a constantly evolving media landscape. Our aim is to ensure clients have the best data, tech, and talent in the industry,” said Jon Harper, Chief Client Officer, Assembly Europe. Part of achieving this has been the creation of the Client Experience and Leadership pillar (CEL), led by Harper in Europe and other leaders across Assembly’s business. This ongoing investment focuses on driving new standards of creativity and improving the agency’s viewpoint on clients’ needs. This has included “brand immersion days” and stepping outside of standard client-agency interactions through hosting Q&A sessions all the way through to getting back to the basics by visiting brand stores and speaking to front-of-house staff to truly know the heart of each brand the agency works with. Jon added, “We firmly believe that everyone is a part of client services within the agency. That’s why we’re training everyone to be immersed in our clients’ brands – my goal is for all of our teams to have more dedicated client service time and to roll out our new global CEL toolkit to assist with this.” Assembly Europe’s Managing Director, Kate O’Mahony commented, “We are delighted about Jon’s elevation to Chief Client Officer. His rich experience and willingness to go above and beyond when it comes to getting to know our clients has proven fruitful. With Jon leading this division, we will continue to drive proactive relationships and deliver higher levels of innovation in connecting Assembly with our existing and future clients.” ABOUT ASSEMBLY: Assembly is the modern global omnichannel media agency, bringing data, talent, and technology together to find the change that fuels growth for the best brands on the planet. Our approach connects big, bold brand stories with integrated, global media capabilities that deliver performance and drive large-scale business growth. Our work is powered by our proprietary, in-house technology solution, STAGE, and led by our global talent base of over 1,600 people around the world. We’re purpose-driven at our core and pioneers in social and environmental impact in the agency world. Assembly is a proud member of Stagwell, the challenger network built to transform marketing. Contact Details Assembly Gunilla Huddleston, VP of Marketing, Europe gunilla.huddleston@assemblyglobal.com Company Website https://www.assemblyglobal.com/

November 29, 2022 01:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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NetReputation Highlights Ways for Businesses To Improve Online Reputations and Attract Investors

NetReputation.com

As a top online reputation management firm, NetReputation is uniquely positioned to offer professional insight into the correlation between image and investment. Publicity is essential to knowing anything, and the proper promotion or metaphorical packaging can and does attract necessary financial backers for startups or existing enterprises. The problem with online forums, platforms, and the 24/7/365 pulse of the internet is an apparent lack of control. How do you manage your company's image and recruit investors when it seems like the digital landscape is so unforgiving? NetReputation Addresses 7 Essentials of Online Reputation Management True, the internet is full of the folklore of childhood nightmares, including trolls, who attack you or your company for no good reason, and gnomes, individuals who hoard past grievances like treasures, only to display and polish each as new when you or your company find a favorable light. While you cannot avoid critics or all negativity, you can manage the fallout by establishing a healthy and positive brand. Effective reputation management is about curating an image. Some criticize public relations work as manufacturing a facade when it is actually about highlighting an existing personality, voice, or identity. As NetReputation can attest, online reputation management is about taking an existing person or organization and ensuring the digital image is an accurate representation. At least seven elements factor into the creation of an ORM effort. 1. Creating Accurate Business Profiles Many business leaders underestimate the significance of business profiles. For many local companies, Google profiles or other directory listings are the primary way new customers discover them. Inaccuracies in listings, like an incorrect address or phone number, can create challenges for customers and lead to potential negative reviews. Always take the time to review local listings of your business or service. If there are mistakes, fix them. Also, prioritize creating business profiles so you can avoid simple errors. Managing your business profiles means preventing the presence of outdated or irrelevant information. 2. Monitoring Online Presence Besides reviewing business profiles regularly, you must also pay attention to the business's online presence. Understand that you and others in your company are not the only ones writing about the brand. Consumers will also post to social media and other forums to discuss experiences, products, and customer service interactions. The NetReputation team monitors brand and business keywords to stay on top of reviews, criticisms, and discussions. By staying informed of various conversations, companies have the opportunity to address client complaints and issues, showing a willingness to remain open-minded and understanding. 3. Guest Posting Guest posting can improve visibility and authority in the marketplace. By acquiring guest posting positions, a company not only has a chance to share its wisdom and experience but also gains exposure to a potential client pool. When a business focuses on sharing information rather than promoting goods and services, it is easier for customers to see it in a favorable light. Advertisements flood every monitor, so seeing a company offer advice without the promise of a sale or investment can paint it in a positive light. 4. Improving Social Media Visibility Social media is unstable and uneasy to navigate. Many small businesses avoid social platforms because of brands that effectively burn themselves to the ground making a point that's often taken out of context. NetReputation understands the reservations of most business owners, but social media users represent a significant number of consumers. When companies can toe the line between sharing posts and opinions without alienating the market, they can find lucrative paths to building strong and healthy consumer relationships. 5. Remember Your Offline Reputation Reputation management is about more than negotiating or navigating online channels. A significant aspect of online reputation stems from offline behavior. A company with poor customer relation skills in physical locations will likely experience a fair bit of feedback on digital platforms. Once the online rumor mill starts, it is nearly impossible to stop it. Therefore, NetReputation explains your offline reputation is just as important as your online one. 6. Develop Thought Leadership Skills Have you heard of thought leadership? A thought leader is someone who doesn't regurgitate the same professional insights as leaders past. They are someone who is not afraid to voice their opinions and insights, even if they might be wrong. Thought leaders exude confidence, which can encourage investment. However, do not allow ego to overshadow true business sense. A real thought leader knows how to ask for help and share the burden of success. 7. Embrace Honesty and Transparency Honesty and transparency are vital to succeeding with today's consumers and in the modern marketplace. Every business and individual makes mistakes. You do not create a positive reputation by ignoring past mistakes but by embracing them and showing real and valuable change. ORM Firms Improve Visibility With Targeted Focus NetReputation, a leading ORM firm, cannot erase your or your business' history. Still, it can help you manage online reputations moving forward, improving visibility with a targeted focus on positive attributes. With work and commitment, the firm can increase interest from investment partners by establishing you and your brand as authorities in the industry. NetReputation.com is an industry-leading online reputation management solutions provider focused on helping businesses and individuals repair, improve, and maintain positive brands on the web. Headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, NetReputation.com utilizes the latest in digital processes and technology to restore online reputations and empower long-term success online. NetReputation was established by online services innovator Adam Petrilli in 2015. This post contains sponsored advertising content. This content is for informational purposes only and not intended to be investing advice. Contact Details NetReputation.com Caroline Hunter Caroline@netreputation.com Company Website https://www.netreputation.com/

November 29, 2022 08:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Expansion of Pipeline to Mental Health

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Nearly half of U.S. psychologists in a new survey say they cannot meet the growing demand for services and three-quarters say they have longer waiting lists than before the pandemic. “This new survey confirms what we have already heard from patients: people are having a hard time accessing the mental health services they need,” said Dr. Michele Nealon, Psy.D., President of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. “It is critical now more than ever to expand the pipeline for mental health professionals and promote integrated behavioral health into primary care.” The 2022 COVID-19 Practitioner Impact Survey of 2,300 psychologists by the American Psychological Association found that demand for treatment of anxiety and depression remained high for the third consecutive year, along with increased demand for treatment of trauma-related disorders, increased stressors, and substance use disorders. Six in 10 practitioners said they had no more openings for new patients, nearly half (46%) said they had been unable to meet treatment demand and nearly three quarters (72%) have longer waiting lists than before the pandemic. On average, psychologists reported being contacted by more than 15 potential new patients seeking care per week. Nearly eight in 10 psychologists (79%) said they had seen an increase in the number of patients with anxiety disorders since the start of the pandemic, and 66% had seen an increase in the demand for treatment for depression. Almost half (47%) said they had seen an increase in demand for addiction treatment (compared to 43% last year) and 64% had seen an increase in demand for trauma treatment (compared to 62% last year). 2021). Additionally, two-thirds of psychologists reported seeing an increase in symptom severity among patients in 2022. “The social, emotional, and economic effects of a pandemic are still with us and will be for quite some time. In addition, the stressors associated with inflation, social and racial inequities, political upheaval, and international tensions are creating an unsettled nation. At a time when mental health services are needed the most, we are struggling the most to meet those needs,” said Dr. Nealon. “Policy makers have to make a bigger investment in financial and programmatic support to ensure that everyone who seeks psychological services can find a professional who can understand and help them.” About The Chicago School of Professional Psychology: Integrating theory with hands-on experience, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology provides education rooted in a commitment to innovation, service, and community for thousands of diverse students across the United States and globally. Founded in 1979, the nonprofit, regionally accredited university now features campuses in iconic locations across the country (Chicago, Southern California, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, Dallas) and online. To spark positive change in the world where it matters most, The Chicago School has continued to expand its educational offerings beyond the field of psychology to offer more than 30 degrees and certificates in the professional fields of health services, education, counseling, business, and more. Through its engaged professional model of education, commitment to diversity and inclusion, and an extensive network of domestic and international professional partnerships, The Chicago School’s students receive real-world training opportunities that reflect their future careers. The Chicago School is proud to be a part of TCS Education System, a nonprofit, integrated system of colleges and universities that works collaboratively to advance student success and community impact. To learn more, visit www.thechicagoschool.edu. Contact Details Kelton Gibson +1 661-607-2012 kgibson1@thechicagoschool.edu

November 28, 2022 10:55 AM Pacific Standard Time

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Comcast Business Announces Expanded Services Offering at H5 Data Centers’ Albuquerque Data Center

Comcast New Mexico

H5 Data Centers and Comcast Business today announced the expansion of their national collaboration at 505 Marquette, a 225,000 square-foot carrier hotel, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Comcast Business now offers a redundant, 100G capable point-of-presence (PoP) at the carrier hotel in support of H5 Data Centers’ customers and tenants. This latest collaboration in Albuquerque builds upon the parties’ broader national relationship in markets such as Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Minneapolis, Nashville, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Seattle. Companies in Albuquerque can benefit from a suite of network solutions offered by Comcast Business, including Metro Ethernet Forum-compliant data connectivity offerings such as Ethernet Network Service (ENS), Ethernet Private Line (EPL), Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) and Ethernet Dedicated Internet (EDI). In addition, Comcast Business can provide advanced offerings such as direct cloud on-ramp services, DDoS mitigation and ActiveCore™ based software-defined networking offerings like SD-WAN with Unified Threat Management (UTM) services enabled. "505 Marquette has long served as one of Albuquerque’s most interconnected access points," said Josh Simms, founder and CEO of H5 Data Centers. “Comcast Business manages one of the most important networks in New Mexico and can greatly contribute to the communications service ecosystem at 505 Marquette." “As business demand for cloud and data storage solutions continues to rise, it is critical for network solution providers to pursue partnerships with data centers, both to bolster network redundancy and support, as well as to help ensure that assets critical to a business’ operations are appropriately managed,” said Robert Thompson, vice president of Comcast Business in the Mountain West. “We believe that our deepened collaboration with H5 Data Centers will further enable companies to focus on and optimize the security, performance and availability of their network operations across several markets.” About Comcast Business Comcast Business offers a suite of Connectivity, Communications, Networking, Cybersecurity, Wireless, and Managed Solutions to help organizations of different sizes prepare for what’s next. Powered by the nation’s largest Gig-speed broadband network, and backed by 24/7 customer support, Comcast Business is the nation’s largest cable provider to small and mid-size businesses and one of the leading service providers to the Enterprise market. Comcast Business has been consistently recognized by industry analysts and associations as a leader and innovator, and one of the fastest growing providers of Ethernet services. For more information, call 866-429-3085. Follow on Twitter @ComcastBusiness and on other social media networks at http://business.comcast.com/social. About H5 Data Centers H5 Data Centers is one of the leading data center operators in the United States with over 3 million square feet of data center space under management. The company designs and engineers flexible and scalable data center solutions to address the core infrastructure and edge requirements of its customers. H5 Data Centers operates 22 data centers in 20 markets. For more information, visit www.h5datacenters.com. Contact Details Finn Partners Chloe Huard +1 313-209-4957 chloe.huard@finnpartners.com Company Website https://business.comcast.com/

November 28, 2022 09:00 AM Mountain Standard Time

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Ready for Ron Petition Surpasses 100,000 Signatures

Ready for Ron

Ready for Ron, the only credible independent group working to Draft Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to run for President, announced its Draft Petition has surpassed more than 100,000 signatures. Organized by senior strategist Ed Rollins and appellate attorney and conservative activist Lilian Rodríguez-Baz, the 100,000 signature milestone reflects the growing national movement urging Ron DeSantis to run. “We’ve already blown past 100,000 Americans expressly urging Ron to Run, and by the time we’re done, it’ll be millions, and Ron DeSantis WILL be our next President,” stated Lilian Rodriguez-Baz, Chief Legal Strategist for Ready for Ron. The petition effort continues to grow with TV and digital advertising, direct voter outreach, and expanding grassroots efforts. Veterans Ready for Ron, led by 2016 RNC Vets director Bob Carey, and Students Ready for Ron led by Young Americans for Liberty field organizer Dylan Dean, fielded volunteers collecting signatures on Election Day at polling sites nationwide, kicking off an aggressive field campaign. The petition is also the focus of a lawsuit Ready for Ron brought in the U.S. District Court for D.C. against the Federal Election Commission (FEC) challenging an FEC Advisory Opinion preventing Ready for Ron from sharing with Governor DeSantis the names of those who signed a petition encouraging him to challenge Joe Biden. Ready for Ron’s counsel, veteran political lawyer Dan Backer, who brought the case said, “Millions of Americans want Ron DeSantis to run. More than 100,000 have signed their names to Ready for Ron’s draft petition. It’s the ultimate act of political free speech and association, and there is simply no basis for saying they cannot give those names to the Governor if – and when – he heeds their call and runs. We’re going to fight to protect our right to Free Speech and Free Association and to draft DeSantis to seek the Presidency, and we’re going to win.” “We are thrilled to have reached this significant milestone on our way to building one of the biggest grassroots movements ever,” Rodríguez-Baz continued. “The radical left is risking our future. We must change course immediately. While with the economy, inflation, crime, and erosion parental rights and the American way of life, we need confident, dependable, and proven leadership like only Ron DeSantis can deliver – and the American people are making their voice loud and clear.” Following nearly six months of work by Ready for Ron, Governor DeSantis has a growing lead in several polls in key states. The advertising efforts, phone calls, petition, and grassroots campaigns are helping generate significant lead s in key battleground states and in the hearts and minds of the American people. “If Election 2022 proved anything, it’s that DeSantis is the complete package: He is a true leader, seeing out the day-to-day roles and responsibilities that political leadership demands in good times and bad. DeSantis sticks to his principles — real, patriotic, American principles that don’t turn with the tide — but not at the expense of public service. DeSantis is not just a politician with savvy instincts; he is a public servant through and through,” wrote Ready for Ron Chief Political Strategist Ed Rollins in a November 10th op-ed in FoxNews.com. “DeSantis is not about ego or media hype; he is about results. That’s why Americans are ready for Ron to win the White House next.” Ready for Ron continues its TV and online advertising efforts to engage Americans to sign the petition at ReadyForRon.com to Draft Ron DeSantis to run in 2024. ### For more information or to schedule an interview with a ‘Ready for Ron’ spokesperson, please contact Dan Rene at 202-329-8357 or dan@readyforron.com. Contact Details Dan Rene +1 202-329-8357 dan@readyforron.com Company Website https://www.readyforron.com/

November 28, 2022 09:30 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Retention Cloud Leader CleverTap Launches CleverTap for Startups

CleverTap

CleverTap, the modern, integrated retention cloud today announced the launch of CleverTap for Startups (C4S). Through this initiative, CleverTap will offer a full stack retention platform to all budding digital-native brands, in order to help them personalize and optimize all customer touchpoints, improving user engagement and conversion. Till date, thousands of large digital-native brands have benefited from CleverTap’s platform which has solved their needs at scale, speed, and security. The aim now is to make solutions even more affordable for pre-launch, early-stage startups, or companies with limited monthly active users. New and early-stage businesses have very different needs from larger, well-established brands. They require more flexibility, affordability, and a partner that provides seamless support fuelling their growth plans. CleverTap has currently partnered with more than 50 venture capital firms, incubators, and business accelerators including Sequoia Surge, Techstars, Y-combinator, AWS Activate, Accel and others to provide exclusive discounts and resources to early-stage startups through this initiative. The C4S initiative was undertaken a year back and the offerings have now been fine tuned following feedback from 1000+ startups and is now ready to launch. Through this initiative, CleverTap aspires to be a growth partner for more than 100,000 new businesses by the end of 2025. Through this initiative, early stage startups can opt for a flexible plan with no minimum scale requirement, and can make use of the platform with as low as 5000 monthly active users. The platform is designed realizing the requirement of SMBs/startups. Additionally, customers will have the option to customize the platform with add-ons and will have the ability to only pay for the services they use. Speaking about the initiative Anand Jain, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, CleverTap said, “Every small business needs an ecosystem of stakeholders that are supportive and will help them get on their growth journeys. Be it small or big, startups can use all the help they can get. In our effort to bolster new businesses globally we are excited to launch CleverTap for Startups. Customer retention for consumer brands is one of the key components to building a successful business. By offering our solutions to startups at a lower cost with flexible options, we want to create an atmosphere where we can support new businesses from their 0 to 1 and then 1 to 100 journeys.” About CleverTap CleverTap is the World's #1 Retention Cloud that helps app-first brands personalize and optimize all consumer touch points to improve user engagement, retention, and lifetime value. It's the only solution built to address the needs of retention and growth teams, with audience analytics, deep-segmentation, multi-channel engagement, product recommendations, and automation in one unified product. The platform is powered by TesseractDB™ - the world’s first purpose-built database for customer engagement, offering both speed and economies of scale.CleverTap is trusted by 1500 customers, including Gojek, ShopX, Electronic Arts, TED, English Premier League, TD Bank, Carousell, AirAsia, Papa John’s, and Tesco. Backed by leading investors such as Sequoia India, Tiger Global, Accel, and CDPQ the company is headquartered in Mountain View, California, with presence in San Francisco, New York, São Paulo, Bogota, London, Amsterdam, Sofia, Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore, and Jakarta. For more information, visit clevertap.com or follow on LinkedIn and Twitter Forward-Looking Statements Some of the statements in this press release may represent CleverTap's belief in connection with future events and may be forward-looking statements, or statements of future expectations based on currently available information. CleverTap cautions that such statements are naturally subject to risks and uncertainties that could result in the actual outcome being absolutely different from the results anticipated by the statements mentioned in the press release. Factors such as the development of general economic conditions affecting our business, future market conditions, our ability to maintain cost advantages, uncertainty with respect to earnings, corporate actions, client concentration, reduced demand, liability or damages in our service contracts, unusual catastrophic loss events, war, political instability, changes in government policies or laws, legal restrictions impacting our business, impact of pandemic, epidemic, any natural calamity and other factors that are naturally beyond our control, changes in the capital markets and other circumstances may cause the actual events or results to be materially different, from those anticipated by such statements. CleverTap does not make any representation or warranty, express or implied, as to the accuracy, completeness or updated or revised status of such statements. Therefore, in no case whatsoever will CleverTap and its affiliate companies be liable to anyone for any decision made or action taken in conjunction. Contact Details CleverTap Sony Shetty sony@clevertap.com Company Website https://clevertap.com/

November 25, 2022 08:22 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Better Brain Health and Parkinson’s Disease: Recognizing Symptoms, Taking Control of Your Health

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A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/m_aCzxxxWh4 Recent advancements in science show that there is so much you can do as you age to boost brain health. From diet and exercise to social connection, research is piecing together the puzzle of how to best care for your brain to help prevent neurological disease, and how to treat it if it develops. A newly expanded research study from the Michael J. Fox Foundation, The Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI), is helping scientists better understand what it means to be at risk for brain diseases such as Parkinson’s. Through important contributions from study volunteers – via online questionnaires and at clinical sites around the country -- PPMI is revolutionizing what we know about Parkinson’s today. Would it surprise you to learn that new research points to long-term smell loss as a potential indicator of Parkinson’s? Or, that people who are recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s are the most valuable contributors to this groundbreaking research? There is so much being done to better understand, identify and treat Parkinson’s – the world’s second most common brain disease. And PPMI is helping the field get closer than ever to answering those questions. The Study That Could Change Everything PPMI is on a mission to understand who is at risk for Parkinson’s, who gets it and why. The study’s recent expansion means that anyone over age 18 can help, regardless of whether you have Parkinson’s disease or not. The more people who join PPMI and share valuable health data online, the faster we can change everything about how brain diseases like Parkinson’s are diagnosed, treated and ultimately, prevented. For more information, and to join PPMI, visit michaeljfox.org/ppmi Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

November 23, 2022 07:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Top Toys (and Trends) for the Holiday Season

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Although reports indicate consumers have lower confidence to spend this holiday due to inflation, toys have historically proven to be recession resistant because families want to make sure kids experience the magic and wonder of play. Recently, Toy Trends Specialist at The Toy Association, Jennifer Lynch, participated in a nationwide satellite media tour to discuss the hottest toys for the holiday season. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/MR-RS6VSihw 67 percent of parents said they spend more time playing with their kids now than they did before the pandemic, and 54 percent said they specifically seek out toys that will enable them to make new memories with their children, according to a recent Toy Association survey of 2,000 parents across the U.S. Here are a few of the hot toys you’ll want to get your hands on this holiday season: Holiday Main Street, LEGO It’s time for a favorite festive tradition as you build the latest addition to the LEGO® Winter Village Collection. Assemble the snow-capped toy store and music store, then build the streetcar to take the shoppers home. With multiple features and four building booklets included, this set makes a great family project. TONKA Mighty Monster RC, Basic Fun! First-ever RC Tonka truck made with cold-rolled steel and 4-in-1 monster action: haul, dump, plow, and stunts! From up to 100 feet, kids can remotely control the high-torque steering in 4-wheel drive, motorized hauling and dumping, and brag-worthy 360° degree stunts! Load objects into the truck bed, secure them with the foldable tailgate, and clear obstacles big and small with the kid-powered plow. American Girl’s 2022 Holiday Collector Doll Sapphire Splendor, Mattel This year’s limited-edition American Girl collector doll commands attention with its jewel-toned hair, vivid violet eyes and more than 100 Swarovski crystals. The peacock-inspired gown features a taffeta bodice and sweetheart neckline embellished with Swarovski crystals; gathered ombre mesh shoulder straps; a fourtier, full-length ombre mesh skirt with taffeta lining; and an embroidered mesh applique at the waistband. The outfit also includes a metal tiara with blue-and-purple Swarovski crystals; a teardrop Swarovski crystal necklace; a pair of purple Swarovski crystal pierced earrings; iridescent elbow-length gloves, a gold purse and gold sandals. Print Perfect Purse Pets, Spin Master Get ready for Print Power! Meet Bamboo Boo and Hoot Couture featuring trendy pattern designs and stylish details. Print Perfect Purse Pets are interactive purses that really blink and respond to your touch with 30 new sounds and reactions. Also available in the line is a Hello Kitty and Friends Loves Purse Pets collection in a larger size for Sanrio fans of all ages Klutz LEGO: Race Cars, Klutz LEGO Race Cars combines science and racing to create the ultimate STEM LEGO kit! Kids can build a 3-ft long, high-quality chipboard track! See how your race car fares against papercraft obstacles like banana peels, orange cones, boxes, and barrels! Or–place on your opponent’s side of the track to slow them down! Fun, non-fiction content highlighting the coolest, fastest, and weirdest cars ever to exist, plus other cool race car facts! Put physics into action using aerodynamic tips and tricks from the instruction book For more information, visit thegeniusofplay.org About Jennifer Lynch As an official spokesperson and toy trends specialist for The Toy Association, Jennifer Lynch chats with toymakers throughout the year to track trends and developments impacting the toy aisles and kids’ entertainment. She has been interviewed by publications including New York Magazine, Inc. Magazine, The Spruce and Insider, and made appearances on KTLA-TV, Good Day Philadelphia, WGN Chicago, WNBC New York, KATU Portland, Bloomberg Radio, and CNET, among others. She also serves as the narrator for The Genius of Play’s "Once Upon a Playtime" podcast, which invites listeners to rediscover the value of play through real-life, personal stories of actors, artists, entrepreneurs, and more. Jennifer has more than a decade of experience covering the toy and kids’ entertainment industries. Prior, she served as the editorial manager for aNb Media and its b2c review site TTPM.com, where she oversaw all digital and print communications, reviewed product, and co-hosted a web series conducting in-depth interviews with toy industry executives. She began her career in her home state of Pennsylvania, handling marketing communications for Penn State’s art galleries (her alma mater). She resides in New Jersey with her husband and baby girl. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

November 22, 2022 04:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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