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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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Amy Winehouse: Death by Misadventure

Sara Bellum
January 17, 2012

In October 2011, the coroner who conducted Amy Winehouse’s autopsy declared that the Grammy-winning singer “died by misadventure.” Translation: Amy died of accidental alcohol poisoning. Read More »

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Does Smoking on TV Influence You?

Sara Bellum
January 12, 2012

The Government banned cigarette commercials on television in 1970 after the 1964 Surgeon General’s report found that smoking cigarettes increased your chances of getting lung cancer.  This was a big deal, considering the strong Read More »

Nora D. Volkow, M.D., Director of NIDA

How Many Teens Actually Smoke, Drink, or Do Drugs?

Sara Bellum
January 05, 2012

How Many Teens Actually Smoke, Drink, or Do Drugs? Read More »