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  • Researchers study aftermath of Marathon bombings

    The Boston Globe - 07/19/2013

    In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, researchers from many fields have been trying to salvage something of value from that horrible day, closely following the recovery of people treated for hearing loss and testing how social media could be used as an early, emergency alert system for disasters.

    In a paper published this month in the journal PLOS Currents: Disasters, a team of researchers from Harvard Medical School, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital studied posts on Twitter to examine how the speed and content of tweets compared with official alerts from public health officials. Ear specialists at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Institute will lead a study of 100 patients who experienced hearing loss as a result of the blast, to see what their recovery and symptoms over the next three years can reveal about how to treat ear injuries. Northeastern University researchers have been trying to understand the networks of communication that occurred in the hours after the bombing by analyzing who people texted and called.