After a happy, health-challenged and suburban childhood, I went to college in New Haven and then medical school in New York City. Twenty-one years after becoming a doctor, I entered a science journalism program at Columbia University. Now I write on health, science, cancer, medical history and cu...
A few months ago, I attended a N.E.D. concert in the Cutting Room, a Manhattan club. Previously I covered this band of talented gynecological oncologists. N.E.D. stands for “no evidence of disease,” a medical term denoting that a patient is in remission. The concert was good. The audience was exceptional! A good fraction of N.E.D. fans are women living with cancer. Several told me they are still alive—contrary to expectations—because they were taking a new kind of medication for ovarian cancer.
A few years back, I wrote on the importance of donating blood, as many people will do today to honor the birthday and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. When I worked as a hematologist and medical oncologist, I wasn’t aware of this practice; it fits with other National Day of Service events held nationwide. An early reference to the tradition of giving blood to commemorate the MLK’s legacy appeared in the Orlando Sentinel in 1988. January is National Blood Donor Month.
I expect progress. Here’s my list of major trends and issues that will affect the lives of cancer patients in 2018:A recent report finds that among patients with the most common form of early-stage breast cancer, chemotherapy prescriptions slid, overall, from around 34.5% to 21.3%, in a recent 2-year interval (2013-2015). That’s a huge drop, from over a third of women with stage 1 or 2 disease getting chemo, to just over a fifth taking chemo.
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
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Use parentheses to separate multiple
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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".