Drug Abuse Research Blog Posts

How Does Cocaine Work? It's Partly In Your Genes

September 21, 2009  /  Sara Bellum

You probably know that your genes help make you who you are. Except for identical twins, everyone has a slightly different set of genes, and when our genes interact with our environment, that’s what makes us unique individuals. Read More »

The Growth of the Teenage Brain From Age Four to Twenty-One

Who Has More Brain Power--You or Your Parents?

August 17, 2009  /  Sara Bellum

NIDA scientists are always saying that teens shouldn’t use drugs, tobacco, or alcohol. But do you know why they say that? Because of scientific studies like this one by Dr. Jay Giedd, which shows that your brain won’t reach its adult potential until you’re over 20 years old. Read More »

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Stimulating Science

August 10, 2009  /  Sara Bellum

Remember all the noise about the bad economy and how Congress was passing a "Stimulus Act" to help? The name of this bill is the "American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA)". Read More »

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Comorbidity, a Word for Thought...

July 31, 2009  /  Giselle, NIDA Intern

“Comorbidity” is a strange word, right? Well, at least for me it was. I have to admit it that it was the first scientific word I learned during my internship here at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)–my Spanish accent still gives me a hard time pronouncing it. Read More »

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A Summer at NIDA!

July 23, 2009  /  Giselle, NIDA Intern

My name is Giselle and I’m from the enchanting island of Puerto Rico. This summer I’m doing an internship at the Office of Science Policy and Communications, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Read More »