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Real Teens Ask about Effects of Heroin

June 17, 2011  /  Sara Bellum

At NIDA’s last Chat Day, we got this question from a high school student: “Why do people scratch a lot when they are high on heroin?” Read More »

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Science for Starters: How Drugs Hijack the Brain

May 04, 2011  /  Sara Bellum

Joe Frascella is Director of the Division of Clinical Neuroscience and Behavioral Research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a part of the National Institutes of Health. He’s also an artist and musician. Read More »

2009 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Addiction Science Award

How Scientists Approach Their Research

April 26, 2011  /  Sara Bellum

“We always start with a question…” Read More »

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Word of the Day: Brain Reward System

April 01, 2011  /  Sara Bellum

A reward is a great way to encourage someone to do something. For example, if you offer a $300 reward to find your lost dog, people may be more likely to look for and return him or her. Read More »

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Science For Starters: A Conversation with Dr. Ruben Baler, Ph.D.

March 25, 2011  /  Sara Bellum

Ruben Baler, Ph.D., is not your typical neuroscientist. Baler has studied in his native country Argentina, the U.S., and Israel. He is fluent in three languages. Read More »

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