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Let's Talk: How Do You Use Facebook?

Sara Bellum
September 23, 2011

Are you on Facebook? Chances are, the answer is yes—the popular site has more than 750 million active users who spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook! Read More »

Brain cells firing.

Word of the Day: Polyneuropathy

Sara Bellum
September 21, 2011

According to NIDA’s glossary, polyneuropathy is a “permanent change or malfunction of nerves.” “Poly” means “many,” so multiple nerves throughout the body such as in the arms, legs, hands, and feet are affected. Read More »

Bath Salts

Keep "Bath Salts" in the Tub

Sara Bellum
September 16, 2011

Bath salts. The name sounds innocent enough, like an old-fashioned cure for tired feet. But these days, “bath salts” are far from what you would find in your local soap aisle at the grocery store or day spa. Read More »

Addiction is Developmental Disease chart

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 »


Word of the Day: Addiction

Sara Bellum
September 09, 2011

Addiction is defined as “A chronic, relapsing disease characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use—despite serious, even devastating consequences—and by long-lasting chemical changes in the brain.” When a person is addicted to a drug, finding and using that drug becomes the most important thi Read More »