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Brian Marquis and pitcher Garrett Mock (L) and center fielder Willie Harris (R)

Real Life: Student Athlete's Battle with Steroid Abuse—Taylor's Story

October 27, 2009  /  Brian Marquis

Let me introduce you to Taylor-a 17-year old, high school athlete from Plano, Texas. You might be a student-athlete yourself or have friends who are student athletes, so Taylor’s story might speak especially to you. Read More »

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Dr. John Ohab

Are You Good to Go?

October 19, 2009  /  Dr. John Ohab

In the U.S. military, servicemembers ask each other this question to make sure that they're ready and able to accomplish the mission at hand. If someone is "good to go," then they are alert, accountable, and prepared to do their job. Read More »

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Anna in NYC getting ready to eat a full meal.

Life is Complicated Enough: Why Add Prescription Drugs to the Mix?

September 02, 2009  /  Anna

As a public health analyst at NIDA, one of my jobs is to look at data and help get information out to the public. When I heard that about 1 in 10 high school seniors had used the pain medicine Vicodin last year without a prescription, I knew there was a problem. Read More »

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National HIV Testing Day - June 27

A New HIV Case every 9 ½ Minutes

August 19, 2009  /  Giselle, NIDA Intern

Every 9 ½ minutes: that's how often the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that someone in the U.S. gets infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. In the next 10 minutes, someone will get HIV—and it could be your friend or someone in your family. 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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