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Cocaine and the Teen Brain

Sara Bellum
April 27, 2012

The human brain continues to grow during the teen years, well into the twenties. Read More »

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Brain Awareness Week: How NIDA Contributes to Brain Research

Sara Bellum
March 13, 2012

It’s that time again here at the Sara Bellum Blog: Brain Awareness Week, sponsored by our friends at the Dana Foundation. Read More »

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Smoking: How It Primes the Brain for Addiction

Sara Bellum
January 24, 2012

More people understand now the harmful effects that smoking has on the body as well as the addictive effects of nicotine. Read More »

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It's All About Hormones

Sara Bellum
January 19, 2012

Why do adults seem to blame “raging hormones” for many things teens do? Beyond causing acne and a sudden interest in dating, are hormones responsible for changes in behavior or emotional response? Read More »

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Teen Brain, a Work in Progress

Sara Bellum
September 14, 2011

Have you ever wondered why you have to be 16 to get your driver’s license or 18 to vote or 21 to legally drink alcohol? It’s partly because your brain is not ready to take on these responsibilities, since your brain is not fully developed when you’re a teen. Read More »

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