On Monday, November 13, Brian Madeux became the first patient to receive an experimental therapy designed to alter his DNA. The 44-year-old has a rare metabolic disease called Hunter syndrome, a disorder caused by missing or malfunctioning enzymes that result in a buildup of certain substances in the body, producing permanent and progressive damage to everything from organ function to mental development.
Developing the flu vaccine is a bit like predicting the weather. Experts must track influenza patterns around the world, plug data into models, and make educated guesses about what to expect during flu season. And they must update their forecasts each year. “Influenza is one of the few viruses for which the vaccine is updated on an annual basis,” says Andrew Pekosz, director of the Center for Emerging Viruses and Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University.
As a 40-year veteran communications specialist in health policy, David Mitchell of Potomac, Maryland, knew all the health campaigns by heart. “Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Click It or Ticket — I worked to help bring those into being,” he says. Yet, in all his years of giving advocates a voice for worthy causes, Mitchell never penned a slogan for patients demanding lower drug prices.
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".