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Author: Emily Stembridge

Youth with ASD have higher body mass index: study

Mar. 11, 2021—Vanderbilt researchers have concluded that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) tend to have higher body mass index (BMI) percentiles when compared to youth with typical development.

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Females with autism reach puberty earlier: study

Feb. 25, 2021—Blythe Corbett, PhD, professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and investigator with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, recently led a study which found that on average, females with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experienced the onset of puberty 9.5 months earlier than their peers.

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Collins takes on new VCC, IMPH leadership roles

Feb. 24, 2021—Sean Collins, MD, MSci, professor of Emergency Medicine, has taken on new leadership roles in the Vanderbilt Coordinating Center (VCC) and the Vanderbilt Institute for Medicine and Public Health (IMPH).

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Surgery gets 83-year-old drag racer back on the track

Feb. 24, 2021—Stephen Engstrom, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, is an expert at replacing and repairing hips and other major joints. Last year his expertise allowed for a unique patient, 83-year-old John Livingston, to return to his passion — drag car racing.

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Calcification after severe injury

Feb. 23, 2021—Vanderbilt researchers have linked bone-related complications of severely injured patients — findings that could help minimize these complications.

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Psychiatry lecture focuses on mental health disparities

Feb. 18, 2021—On Friday, Feb. 5, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences hosted the third annual Harold Jordan Diversity and Inclusion Lecture featuring guest speaker Ruth Shim, MD, MPH, professor of Cultural Psychiatry and Clinical Psychiatry at the University of California, Davis.

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Vanderbilt Tullahoma-Harton Hospital performs its first osteochondral allograft

Feb. 18, 2021—Vanderbilt Tullahoma-Harton Hospital has performed its first osteochondral allograft, a grafting method used to treat cartilage injuries that expose underlying bone. The procedure, which requires advanced training in sports medicine, was performed by Collin Bills, MD, on Jan. 26.

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Pharmacy tech goes extra mile for bombing victim

Feb. 11, 2021—A Vanderbilt patient couldn't access her medications following the Christmas Day bombing in downtown Nashville. That’s when Nikki Auen came into the picture.

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Program using telehealth to treat Opioid Use Disorder

Feb. 11, 2021—The Vanderbilt Maternal Addiction Recovery Program (VMARP) is offering virtual appointments to help reach patients in Nashville’s outlying areas for treatment of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD).

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Pre-surgery brain mapping helps ease patients’ concerns

Jan. 28, 2021—Victoria Morgan, PhD, and Allen Timothy Newton, PhD, both biomedical engineers and faculty of the Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, have teamed up with Stephen Wilson, PhD, associate professor of Hearing and Speech Sciences, to offer brain function mapping services to Vanderbilt brain surgeons and their patients.

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Rare tumor disguised as benign

Jan. 26, 2021—A rare tumor that causes facial weakness was found masquerading as a more common benign facial tumor.

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Special Olympics honors Wilkerson Center, Hearing and Speech Sciences

Jan. 21, 2021—Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Bill Wilkerson Center, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, has been awarded the Special Olympics’ Golisano Health Leadership Award for Tennessee. The award is the highest honor health partners can receive from the Special Olympics.

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