New drug development is underpinned by animal research, but is the animal evidence base fit for purpose? A collection of articles published in The BMJ this week suggest not. They conclude that the preclinical foundations of clinical research are shaky and in urgent need of reform. The articles focus on one example: the testing of a new vaccine, MVA85A, designed as a booster to BCG vaccine to improve the prevention of tuberculosis.
The new year is a chance to take stock, personally and professionally, privately and publicly, and to consider with fresh eyes the challenges and opportunities ahead. We’ve been doing this at The BMJ over recent weeks, taking to heart the words of Hugh Clegg, our editor in chief from 1947 to 1965, that “a subject that needs reform should be kept before the public until it demands reform.” There’s no shortage of such subjects. Our question for you is which ones should we focus on.
NHS staff and patients face the prospect of continued austerity after the chancellor fell short of meeting NHS England’s request for at least £4bn to meet growing demand (doi:10.1136/bmj.j5422). How should we respond? (Watch The BMJ’s Facebook Live event at http://bit.ly/2AtfCGS for health policy experts’ response to the autumn budget.)
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".