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NIDA director Nora Volkow, M.D. at TedMed

Obesity and Drug Addiction: The Brain Connection TedMed Talk by NIDA Director

January 29, 2015  /  The NIDA Blog Team

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

January 15, 2015  /  The NIDA Blog Team

People who suffered a traumatic brain injury before age 5, or between 16 and 25, have an increased risk for a problem with drug or alcohol. Read More »

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Graphic of a stick figure equally utilizing the left-brain and right-brain.

“Left-Brained” or “Right-Brained”? It’s Not That Simple After All

June 04, 2014  /  Sara Bellum

Science has just revealed … (wait for it …) You need your whole brain! Sounds obvious enough, but it’s not uncommon to hear people say, “He’s awesome at taking tests, he must be left-brained.” Or, “She’s a really good painter—she must be right-brained.” Read More »

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A collage of winning images from the 2013 FASEB BioArts Contest.

BioArt: Where Art and Science Intersect

December 24, 2013  /  Sara Bellum

Have you ever looked at something through a microscope and thought, “That’s really pretty”? Read More »

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Brain neuron

Shedding Light on New Techniques for Treating Addiction

May 23, 2013  /  Sara Bellum

When our brains are healthy, we barely notice this marvel of engineering that controls our every thought, feeling, and move. But the many people suffering from brain disorders, including addiction, know that malfunctions in the brain can change who we are and how we manage our lives. Read More »

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