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Thursday, July 11, 2013

July 9, 2013 at 2:16 PM ET

Dan Lampariello tweeted "Explosion at coply pic.twitter.com/EqKbGeWhha" at approximately 2:51 p.m. April 15, 2013. During the Boston Marathon. (Dan La...

Dan Lampariello / Twitter  - Dan Lampariello tweeted "Explosion at coply pic.twitter.com/EqKbGeWhha" at approximately 2:51 p.m. April 15, 2013. During the Boston Marathon.

People around the world have live-tweeted natural disasters, elections and revolutions. New work from researchers at Harvard Medical School show that a glut of tweets might help paramedics respond to health emergencies like those after the Boston Marathon bombings in April. "Twitter gave an incredible characterization of this event in just two stem words," Chris Cassa, a co-author on the study and a researcher at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, told NBC News.  Read more...