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Their Work Really Is Brain Science

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We’re learning more all the time about how drugs affect a person’s health. A lot of what we know comes from studies of how drugs interact with the human brain. Researchers who study this interaction are doing very cool work that has shown the way our brains react to drugs, why different people react differently to them, the long-term effects of using drugs, and how people become addicted to them.

Brain researchers are one kind of “neuroscientist” (neuroscience is the study of the nervous system). Their studies have helped to solve mysteries such as:

Brain, say “cheese”

Brain scientists are constantly searching for new ways to learn about the brain. Taking images of brain activity lets scientists see what happens in the brain when a person has different kinds of experiences. These “brain imaging” techniques can show how various areas of the brain are connected to each other, and—in the case of addiction studies—how those connections are affected when someone uses drugs.

For example, brain imaging studies have shown possible reasons why some teens engage in risky behavior like drug use, even when they know it’s risky.

Becoming a brain scientist

Some people are so intrigued by what brain scientists do, they consider pursuing a career in brain research. NIDA scientist Dr. Dave Thomas is one of those people; in this video, he talks about why he studies “addiction science.”

Maybe a career in brain research interests you, too, or you’re just curious to learn more about this research and the different types of brain scientists. Brain Awareness Week is March 14–20; check out the events happening where you are!

You can find out more from these sites:

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How can we learn from the clinical trials and studies done when pharmaceutical companies doctor the data, hide the data, and don't include all the data, or message the data? Or their peer-review journals are ghost written? Why is no one listening to the patients who have taken the drugs? Wouldn't they also be the best place to look for adverse reactions? Why do you think pharmaceutical drugs in the 3rd leading cause of death in America? It's because no one will take the time to listen to what we patients have to say about how we have been gravely harmed by the drugs our doctors prescribe. Our healthcare, and the word care shouldn't even be attached to it, because it's not care, it's abuse. It's no secret that pharma has hijacked doctors into prescribing dangerous drugs off-label to millions and millions. Thus, why it is the third leading cause of death in America. If I can't believe my own doctor anymore because they obtain their education from pharmaceutical companies with a totally different agenda (greed), then who are we supposed to trust?
the brain is cool intill tou take drugs
brain say cheese pepper jack and swiss
the is most import part of the body it what make every thing moves in ur body so by saying that ur like a robot

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