It started as a research project in 1992. The idea was to see if a phone-based counseling service could actually help people quit smoking. The California Smokers' Helpline on Thursday celebrated its 25th anniversary. It has provided assistance to 800,000 Californians. The Helpline offers specially-trained counselors who offer nicotine quitting assistance in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese and Korean. Chat services and a text messaging program are available, as well.
Scripps has opened the region's first proton therapy center for cancer care. The $220-million Scripps Proton Therapy Center in Mira Mesa uses streams of protons to kill cancer cells. Scripps officials say proton therapy uses less radiation than standard therapies and minimizes collateral damage to adjacent tissue. But some experts say proton therapy has not proven to be more effective than standard cancer treatments, except in rare cases. The center is expected to treat 2,400 patients a year.
California has the nation’s seventh-lowest rate of drug overdoses. Even so, because of the state's large population, more people die of a drug overdose each year in California than in any other state. Opioid-related overdose deaths and how to reduce them are the topics of discussion at the two-day 2017 Statewide Opioid Policy Summit taking place in San Diego this week. Dr. Karen Smith, director of the California Department of Public Health, is one of the featured speakers.
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".