I'm a pharmacologist, freelance science and medicine writer, educator, and speaker with a passion for public understanding of science and medicine. I report on all things pharmaceutical and scientific from Durham, North Carolina, home of the Research Triangle Park.
Two days after a CDC spokesperson told me that laboratory testing was continuing, the agency reported yesterday that Salmonella 4,,12:b:- has been found in two powdered kratom samples used by infected patients in North Dakota and Utah. CDC epidemiological investigators have found 12 new cases of Salmonella poisoning in seven more states, raising the outbreak total to 40 patients in 27 states. Forty-five percent of ill people have been hospitalized but, fortunately, no deaths have been reported.
Clinical drug trials are never perfect, especially when it comes to real-world risks of side effects and adverse drug reactions. For example, most clinical trials for a given drug require that volunteers forego taking a long list of other drugs. But how many of us are ever really taking just one medicine at a time.
Few events are more jarring to the human experience than being diagnosed with an acutely life-threatening illness. Perhaps as devastating–or even worse–is when that person is a loved one, especially a child or a young life-partner. And if you're a young person, having a parent or close relative diagnosed with a terminal illness may likely be the most emotionally devastating experience you've faced to date.
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".