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Chasing the Runner's High

Sara Bellum
July 26, 2012

Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of NIDA, is an avid runner—6 miles a day! We all know the benefits of physical activity on the body, but as a neuroscientist, Dr. Volkow is also interested in how exercise helps the brain. Read More »

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Addicted to French Fries: Is Food a Drug?

Sara Bellum
April 03, 2012

According to the American Heart Association, about one in three kids and teens in the United States is overweight or obese. Read More »

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The Different Angles of Addiction

Sara Bellum
September 07, 2011

You may think you know what addiction is—lots of people have many different opinions about addiction and different ways of defining it. Here are some myths you may have heard: Read More »

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Word of the Day: Euphoria

Sara Bellum
March 24, 2010

Euphoria: A feeling of well-being or elation. Read More »

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So... Why Do People Like Drugs?

Dr. Joe Frascella, Director of NIDA's Division of Clinical Neuroscience and Behavioral Research
January 19, 2010

Is there something magical about drugs and alcohol with us humans? So what's our fascination and why do some of us like them so much?! Actually, before we try and answer that one, let me just say: we are not alone. Read More »

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