On PR Newswire: Deaths from Alzheimer’s Increase, Chris Cornell’s Family Issues Statement, 2017 Summer Weather Forecast Is Here

With thousands of press releases published each week, it can be difficult to keep up with everything on PR Newswire for Journalists. Here are some of this week’s most newsworthy releases you might have missed.


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US Death Rates from Alzheimer’s Disease Increased 55 Percent from 1999 to 2014

Death rates from Alzheimer’s disease (AD) increased 55% between 1999 and 2014, according to data released May 25 in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The number of Alzheimer’s deaths at home also increased during the same period, from 14% to 25%, suggesting an increase in the number of caregivers that would benefit from support, including education and case management services. Alzheimer’s disease is a fatal form of dementia. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., accounting for 3.6% of all deaths in 2014. It is the fifth leading cause of death among people ages 65 years and older in the U.S.

Attorney for Chris Cornell Family and Vicky Cornell Issue Statement on Chris Cornell’s Death

Kirk Pasich, an attorney for the Chris Cornell family, said that the family is disturbed at inferences that Chris knowingly and intentionally took his life. “Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris — or if any substances contributed to his demise.  Chris, a recovering addict, had a prescription for Ativan and may have taken more Ativan than recommended dosages.  The family believes that if Chris took his life, he did not know what he was doing, and that drugs or other substances may have affected his actions,” he stated. Pasich noted that some medical literature indicates that Ativan can cause paranoid or suicidal thoughts, slurred speech, and impaired judgment.


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The Weather Network Delivers its Summer Forecast

The Weather Network’s team of meteorologists has just released their summer forecast for the months of June, July, and August. Following a volatile spring, the upcoming summer is expected to bring warm temperatures, but not excessive heat, as well as enough rainfall to prevent the return of widespread drought. The Memorial Day weekend is shaping up to be very warm and sunny for those west of the Rockies. However, east of the Rockies, cooler temperatures will dominate and the threat of showers and thunderstorms may put a damper on outdoor activities for the unofficial start of summer.

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CBS Corp. Announces New Agreement with Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves that Extends his Employment Through June 2021

CBS Corp. announced on May 22 a new agreement with Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves that covers a two-year extension to his current term with CBS, through June 30, 2021. Under the terms of the agreement, Moonves’ salary remains at its current level. As before, he will continue to be eligible for an annual bonus and will receive long-term, performance-based incentives that further tie the value of the agreement to the success of the company and its stock. The agreement provides for Moonves to become a senior advisor to the company for an additional five years, and will include an option to establish a production company under CBS’ auspices.

Rust Belt States to Yield Political Power in Next Elections, According to U.S. News & World Report’s Best States

Rust Belt states – a loose collection of former manufacturing hubs including Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, and Wisconsin – that were key factors in President Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016 will cede political clout after the next census, according to a new Best States report from U.S. News, available at www.usnews.com/best-states. “Rust Belt Losing Steam in Next Census” by data editor Lindsey Cook is the first article in a week-long series examining how America’s shifting demographics will change the political landscape in the years to come.


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New CPSC Report: Fatal Drownings in Pools Involving Young Children Decreases by 17% Nationwide Since 2010

A new report released May 23 by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows that the number of reported fatal child drownings in swimming pools involving children younger than 5 — the most vulnerable population — has decreased 17% nationwide since 2010, the year the CPSC’s Pool Safely public education campaign was launched. Despite the decrease, fatal and non-fatal child drownings in pools and spas continue to pose a public health challenge across the U.S. In national and local media interviews, CPSC Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle urged families to be vigilant when children are in and around the water this summer.

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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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