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The Art of Meditation: Focusing Your Brain

September 11, 2012  /  Eric Wargo, Office of Science Policy and Communications at NIDA

I’ve always been a huge Star Trek fan. When I was a teenager, my hero was Mister Spock—cool, analytical, even-tempered, and smarter than everyone around him. Being raised in his ancient society of the planet Vulcan made him a force to be reckoned with. Read More »

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Mindset Over Matter

August 15, 2012  /  Eric Wargo, NIDA Science Writer

Hi, my name is Eric Wargo and I’m a new science writer here at NIDA. Before coming to NIDA, I wrote for an association of psychological scientists, people who study all aspects of the mind and human behavior. Read More »

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FACT: Driving After Using Marijuana Is Dangerous

July 11, 2012  /  Sara Bellum

According to a recent driving study, as many as 1 in 5 teen drivers say they drove under the influence of marijuana. Read More »

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It's All About Hormones

January 19, 2012  /  Sara Bellum

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? The answer is yes. Read More »

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Word of the Day: Polyneuropathy

September 21, 2011  /  Sara Bellum

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 »

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