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Melissa McPheeters

The most popular research stories of 2015

Dec. 28, 2015—With discoveries ranging from the origins of consciousness to the end of the universe, 2015 was a year of incredibly diverse research at Vanderbilt University.

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Interventions benefit disruptive behavior in children: review

Oct. 29, 2015—Children with disruptive behavior disorders (DBDs), such as conduct disorder, are most likely to benefit from psychosocial interventions that include a parental component alone or in combination with other interventions, according to a newly published systematic review by Vanderbilt researchers.

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Surgery for tongue tie shows some benefits; more research needed

May. 7, 2015—Surgically treating “tongue tie” in infants may be associated with improved breast-feeding and reduced nipple pain, as reported by mothers, but much more research is needed on best practices for treating the condition, according to a newly published systematic review.

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Grant bolsters patient-centered outcomes research

Mar. 27, 2014—Patient-centered outcomes research is the focus of a $3.3 million, five-year, institutional K12 training grant awarded to Vanderbilt University Medical Center by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

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Little evidence supports medical treatment options for adolescents with autism

Sep. 24, 2012—Despite studies that show that many adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders are being prescribed medications, there is almost no evidence to show whether these medications are helpful in this population.

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Little evidence supports autism treatment options in adolescents

Aug. 27, 2012—There is insufficient evidence to support findings, good or bad, for therapies currently used in adolescents and young adults with autism.

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Brain injury strongly linked to depression, but treatments lack study

Apr. 13, 2011—Though a direct link has been found between traumatic brain injury and depression, not enough is known about how to treat those suffering the results.

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Better tools needed to target autism treatments for children

Apr. 4, 2011—Although an evaluation of existing treatments for children with autism spectrum disorders found positive results in some studies, better information is needed to target the right treatments to specific children.

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