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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 »

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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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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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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 »

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