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A picture of Jacob P. Waletzky.

A Personal Story of Sorrow and Hope: The Jacob P. Waletzky Award

Jeremy Waletzky, M.D.
January 27, 2016

If there had been a treatment that worked, Jacob would have used it. He’d had several treatments that helped some—but he was still dead. Read More »

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Images of the brains with areas of activity colored.

Peering Into the Teen Brain: What Does Risky Behavior Look Like?

The NIDA Blog Team
January 05, 2016

Researchers are getting closer to understanding one important factor behind the risky choices of teens who use drugs. It has to do with the brain. Read More »

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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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Brain scan illuminating an injured part of the brain.

Traumatic Brain Injury and Drug Use—A Closer Look

The NIDA Blog Team
January 15, 2015

A study reports that those who suffered a TBI before age 5 or between 16 and 25 have an increased risk for dependence on alcohol and drugs. Read More »

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Graphic of a stick figure equally utilizing the left-brain and right-brain.

“Left-Brained” or “Right-Brained”? It’s Not That Simple After All

Sara Bellum
June 04, 2014

Science has just revealed … (wait for it …) You need your whole brain! Sounds obvious enough, but it’s not uncommon to hear people say, “He’s awesome at taking tests, he must be left-brained.” Or, “She’s a really good painter—she must be right-brained.” Read More »

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