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A single candle burning in remembrance of those we lost in 2014 to drug abuse and mental illness.

In Memoriam: Lost to Addiction and Mental Illness

The NIDA Blog Team
December 22, 2014

We’d like to remember the actors and musicians whom we lost in 2014 to drug addiction or related mental illness this past year. Read More »

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The Art of Meditation: Focusing Your Brain

Eric Wargo, Ph.D.
December 04, 2014

The brain is a powerful instrument.  Meditation can help it do even more amazing things by sharpening and enhancing its powers. Read More »

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Getting Enough Sleep: The Impossible Dream?

Sara Bellum
May 09, 2013

Are you a “morning person”? If you’re a teen, the answer is probably no—but that doesn’t mean you’re lazy. It has to do with a brain hormone called melatonin. Read More »

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Are You Addicted to Your Cell Phone?

Sara Bellum
February 14, 2013

A phobia is a strong, irrational fear of something that poses little or no actual danger. Phobias can cause a lot of anxiety, panic, and even fainting. Read More »

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man's brain being used as an ash tray

Social Smoking: Just as Bad as Regular Smoking

Sara Bellum
October 23, 2012

Many people justify smoking one or two cigarettes once in a while—known as social smoking—by thinking occasional smoking won’t damage their health as much as smoking every day. Read More »

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