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Brain Awareness Week: How NIDA Contributes to Brain Research

March 13, 2012  /  Sara Bellum

It’s that time again here at the Sara Bellum Blog: Brain Awareness Week, sponsored by our friends at the Dana Foundation. Read More »

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Smoking: How It Primes the Brain for Addiction

January 24, 2012  /  Sara Bellum

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

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? Read More »

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Teen Brain, a Work in Progress

September 14, 2011  /  Sara Bellum

Have you ever wondered why you have to be 16 to get your driver’s license or 18 to vote or 21 to legally drink alcohol? It’s partly because your brain is not ready to take on these responsibilities, since your brain is not fully developed when you’re a teen. Read More »

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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 »