A woman harmed by transvaginal mesh has filed a petition to the House of Commons in Ottawa, demanding tougher regulations on plastic mesh used inside the human body. The e-petition was launched by Nonie Wideman, who suffered complications from mesh implanted in 2011 to treat stress urinary incontinence. Wideman developed pain and severe fatigue, later discovering bits of blue plastic mesh were poking out of her vagina and urethra, with some ending up in her urine.
It was a journey Jonathan Gravenor never expected to make -- from healthy globe-travelling correspondent to cancer patient. But he says it was a voyage into his own mind and heart that turned the journalist into an author and public speaker with a message that is resonating with others. "I have so many people reach out to me now and say they feel I am writing about them when I bare my emotions and inner thoughts. It would seem I am not alone," he said.
Chrissy Brajcic, a patient who battled chronic, debilitating infections after receiving surgical mesh to treat incontinence, has died in a Windsor, Ont. hospital. Brajcic's story was featured on CTV's W5 in September. Four years ago, after the birth of her second child, she was implanted with polypropylene mesh, a type of plastic used to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI). However, she said the treatment left her in severe pain and bedridden.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".