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.

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