On PR Newswire: Spookiest Commutes, Best Universities, Holiday Spending Trends

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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Ahead of Halloween, Robert Half Reveals U.S. Cities With Spookiest and Most Stressful Commutes

As the spookiest day of the year approaches, staffing firm Robert Half highlights the cities with the most hair-raising commutes. The company surveyed workers from 27 major U.S. cities to determine how long they spend commuting to and from the office and which cities have the most stressed-out commuters. Robert Half commissioned an independent research firm to collect the data. More than 2,700 workers in 27 U.S. markets were surveyed to determine average commute times and the cities with the most stressful commutes. The survey was conducted in September 2017.

It’s Time to Visit #CaliforniaWineCountryNOW

As the threat from wildfires subsides, California’s Wine Country communities now face the daunting task of healing. Tourism is the wine country’s lifeblood. Many residents and businesses, even those not directly impacted by the fires, lost weeks of work as fires forced evacuations and road closures. Visiting now will help these communities recover.  “We are incredibly grateful for the work of first responders who fought to save these communities, and we are relieved that firefighters have gained the upper hand,” said Visit California President & CEO Caroline Beteta. “Now we need to do our part to help the recovery.”

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U.S. News & World Report Announces 2018 Best Global Universities Rankings

U.S. News & World Report released on Oct. 24 the 2018 Best Global Universities rankings. The overall rankings evaluate 1,250 universities – up from 1,000 last year – across 74 countries and are the largest and most comprehensive assessment of research universities worldwide.  The U. S. leads the rankings again this year, with 221 universities making the overall list. The top four spots are held by U.S. schools, with Harvard University at No. 1. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology comes in at No. 2, followed by Stanford University at No. 3 and the University of California—Berkeley at No. 4. The United Kingdom’s University of Oxford rounds out the top 5.

FDA Approves Yescarta, Revolutionary CAR-T Immunotherapy for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Patients

The Food and Drug Administration announced on Oct. 18 the approval of Yescarta (Axicabtagene ciloleucel), a revolutionary new immunotherapy for adult patients with diffuse large B cell lymphoma, a form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Yescarta is a Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T cell therapy, also known as CAR-T. Moffitt Cancer Center’s Frederick Locke, M.D., is the co-lead investigator of the pivotal ZUMA-1 clinical trial that tested the new therapy, which is manufactured by Kite, a Gilead company. “The results have been remarkable,” said Locke, vice chair of the department of blood and marrow transplant and cellular immunotherapy at Moffitt. “Many of the patients who have received CAR-T therapy had already relapsed several times with traditional therapies, such as chemotherapy or bone marrow transplants. Thanks to this new therapy, patients are now in remission for months or in some cases more than a year later, and are enjoying their lives. This is a huge breakthrough.”

Deloitte Study: Happy Holidays on the Way, Without the Ribbons and Bows

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Deloitte Study: Happy Holidays on the Way, Without the Ribbons and Bows

Brighter spirits may fuel a diverse mix of spending on experiences, self-gifting and gifts for others this holiday shopping season, according to Deloitte’s 32nd Annual Holiday Survey of consumer spending intentions and trends. “The amount people are actually spending on gifts remains steady compared with prior surveys, but we’ve watched the mix of total holiday spending shift incrementally over the last five years,” said Rod Sides, vice chairman, Deloitte LLP and U.S. retail, wholesale and distribution leader. “It’s the lure of shopping and the experience that is flourishing and likely to remain in high demand — all which bodes well for retailers that have created an experience blending one-of-a-kind items, inspiration, uncomplicated navigation and frictionless transactions.”

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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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