The quick-thinking actions of a man have helped save the life of his friend’s six-year-old daughter, after he recognised she had the onset of meningitis. Ian Alexander, who lives in Stevenage and is an ambassador for the Meningitis Research Foundation, said: “I spoke to my friend on the phone, as she had just been to see a doctor with her daughter. “She said her daughter was covering her eyes as it hurt when she looked at light. She was also burning up, vomiting and had a headache.
A scheme to support elderly patients returning home after being discharged from hospital is being piloted in North Herts and Stevenage to help prevent bed-blocking. Bed-blocking is the long-term occupation of hospital beds - chiefly by elderly people - due to a shortage of suitable care elsewhere. The Discharge Home to Assess pilot, which runs until March 31, benefits patients well enough to be discharged, but who need support to complete their recovery.
An appeal to raise £10,000 to help a 16-year-old girl to walk again, after surgery to remove a tumour left her paralysed, has reached its target just two days after her plight was featured in the Comet. Last week we reported how Ellie Dean, who lives in Stevenage, was 14 when she was told she had a massive tumour inside her lung.
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".