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Traumatic Brain Injury, Drug Addiction, and the Developing Teen Brain

The NIDA Blog Team
March 19, 2015

TBIs, or traumatic brain injuries, pose higher risks for the developing brain because it is not as formed as it will be in a few years. This is also one of the reasons that using drugs as a teen increases the chances for addiction. Read More »

NIDA director Nora Volkow, M.D. at TedMed

Obesity and Drug Addiction: The Brain Connection TedMed Talk by NIDA Director

The NIDA Blog Team
January 29, 2015

Many tasty foods trigger a burst of the brain chemical called dopamine in the brain’s reward circuit that is similar to what some drugs produce. Over time, the reward circuit can get less sensitive to the dopamine—it needs the constant dopamine surge from fattening food.  Read More »

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Check This Out! Learn.Genetics: Addiction Science Learning Tools

The NIDA Blog Team
January 05, 2015

Learn.Genetics breaks down the science of addiction in a way that is not just totally cool, but educational. Read More »

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The Swiss Cheese Model of Addiction

The NIDA Blog Team
October 23, 2014

Scientists now know drug addiction is a disease and that there are lots of things that can contribute to your risk for getting that disease—what are called risk factors. Read More »

2014 Intel Addiction Science winners visit NIDA (from left to right): Carol Krause, NIDA Public Information and Liaison Branch Chief; Dr. William Dewey, Chair, Friends of NIDA; Aakash Jain; Lily Wei Lee; Dr. Nora D. Volkow, NIDA Director; Alexandra Ulmer; Sarayu Caulfield; Dr. Sheri Grabus, NIDA Press Officer.

Award-Winning Teens Hope To Improve Lives Through Research

The NIDA Blog Team
October 09, 2014

NIDA’s 2014 Addiction Science Award winners tackled emerging topics in addiction science and impressed the judges with their desire to help improve lives. Read More »