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Your Really, Totally, Incredibly Awesome Brain

August 22, 2016  /  The NIDA Blog Team

The human brain is the command center for your entire body. Read More »

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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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Girl Running

Chasing the Runner's High

July 26, 2012  /  Sara Bellum

Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of NIDA, is an avid runner—6 miles a day! We all know the benefits of physical activity on the body, but as a neuroscientist, Dr. Volkow is also interested in how exercise helps the brain. Read More »

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French fries

Addicted to French Fries: Is Food a Drug?

April 03, 2012  /  Sara Bellum

According to the American Heart Association, about one in three kids and teens in the United States is overweight or obese. Read More »

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Electric human brain.

The Different Angles of Addiction

September 07, 2011  /  Sara Bellum

You may think you know what addiction is—lots of people have many different opinions about addiction and different ways of defining it. Here are some myths you may have heard: Read More »

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