Did You See That Press Release? Best Hospitals, Favorite Athletes and Naked Beachgoers

With thousands of news releases published each week on PR Newswire for Journalists, no one can possibly keep up with all of them. Here are some of our favorite releases from the past week that you might have missed.

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Source: AP Photo/Pat Carter

Source: AP Photo/Pat Carter

2014 Expedia Flip Flop Report Examines Beach Behavior Worldwide: Germany and Austrian Beachgoers Outstrip World in Beach Nudity

Expedia.com released on July 14 the results of the 2014 Expedia Flip Flop Report, an annual study of behavior and preferences among beachgoers in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia/New Zealand.

The study examines the most prevalent joys and anxieties among beachgoers worldwide, including comfort with public nudity, opinions of speedo-style swimwear, and fear of sharks.

For the third year running, Germans were the likeliest to sunbathe fully nude at the beach. However, this year – for the first time – Austrians tied their German peers in that regard. Twenty-eight percent of German and Austrian beachgoers report having spent a day at the beach in the buff. See the full study to learn more.

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U.S. News & World Report Announces 2014-15 Best Hospitals Rankings

On July 15, U.S. News & World Report released the 25th edition of the annual Best Hospitals rankings, freely available at usnews.com. Best Hospitals includes key information on nearly 5,000 medical centers nationwide.

For the first time, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., claimed the No. 1 spot on the Honor Roll, followed by Massachusetts General Hospital and Johns Hopkins Hospital. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is No. 1 in cancer, and the Cleveland Clinic is first in cardiology and heart surgery.  See the full release to learn what other hospitals made the list.

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LeBron James; Source: AP

Source: AP Photo

James Overtakes Jordan: LeBron James is America’s New Favorite Sports Star This Year While Michael Jordan Drops to No. 2

The battle for No. 1 continues with a change on top. Although we may not know how LeBron James and Michael Jordan would compare on the basketball court, James overthrows Jordan this year for the title of America’s Favorite Sports Star. Last year, the reverse was true and Jordan was No. 1 while James was No. 2. See the full release to learn who else is moving up and down on the list.

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Reynolds American to Acquire Lorillard in Transaction Valued at $27.4B

Reynolds American Inc., a leading tobacco products company and the parent company of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, and Lorillard Inc., the third largest tobacco company in the U.S. and maker of Newport cigarettes, announced July 15 that they have entered into a definitive agreement in which RAI has agreed to acquire Lorillard in a cash-and-stock transaction currently valued at $68.88 per Lorillard share, or a total of $27.4 billion, including the assumption of net debt. See the full release to learn more about the deal.

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PRNewsFoto/Legacy Recordings

Source: PRNewsFoto/Legacy Recordings

NOW That’s What I Call Music! Unveils Tracklist for NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 51

The world’s best-selling, multi-artist album series, NOW That’s What I Call Music!, is proud to announce all of the major hits selected for NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 51, to be released Aug. 5. Also released that day is NOW That’s What I Call Party Anthems 2.

Both new titles will be available on CD and for download purchase from all major digital service providers. Vol. 51 features 16 major current chart hits from artists, including Katy Perry, Ariana Grande (featuring Iggy Azalea), MAGIC!, Iggy Azalea (featuring Charli XCX), MKTO, Justin Timberlake, Pitbull (featuring G.R.L.), Paramore, Demi Lovato (featuring Cher Lloyd), Sia, Kongos, 5 Seconds of Summer, Rixton, Sam Smith, Idina Menzel, and Luke Bryan, plus five free “NOW What’s Next” New Music Preview tracks. See the full release to learn more.

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Larry Grady is online content manager at PR Newswire for Journalists. He has worked in business media for nearly 30 years and enjoys reality TV and daydreaming about travel and wine.

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