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Say What? “Placebo”

March 12, 2018  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Placebos are used in scientific studies to test how well a drug works.  Read More »

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Say What? "Scientific Method"

August 21, 2017  /  The NIDA Blog Team

The process that scientists use to conduct experiments is constantly revealing more about how drug use affects the mind and body.  Read More »

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Say What? “Receptor”

June 26, 2017  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Drug use can change the way nerve cells in your brain work. Read More »

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Say What? “Epigenetics”

April 24, 2017  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Taking drugs can affect which of your genes are switched on or off, and this can be passed on to your kids. Read More »

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Word of the Day: Serotonin

March 12, 2014  /  Sara Bellum

Have you ever noticed all the different emotions you experience in a normal day? For example, you can feel happy in the morning when you find out you passed your bio quiz, grumpy at noon when you haven’t eaten since breakfast, and then sad when the football team loses the big Homecoming game. Read More »