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Cocaine and the Teen Brain

Sara Bellum
April 27, 2012

The human brain continues to grow during the teen years, well into the twenties. Read More »

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Whitney Houston: Cocaine and Heart Disease

Sara Bellum
April 25, 2012

In March 2012, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office reported that Whitney Houston’s official cause of death was accidental drowning. Cocaine use and heart disease were contributing factors in her death. Read More »

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Spice: "If You Use It, You're Experimenting on Yourself"

Sara Bellum
April 19, 2012

Ask NIDA scientist Marilyn A. Huestis, Ph.D., what she wants to tell young people about the synthetic (manmade) marijuana called Spice, and she responds with passion. In a recent interview with SBB, Dr. Read More »

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Mental Health and Young People

Sara Bellum
April 17, 2012

The death of Whitney Houston left America wondering about the emotional well-being of her daughter Bobbi Kristina after such a sudden, serious trauma. Traumatic events can affect your mental health and lead to serious problems later in life. Read More »

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Surgeon General's Video Contest: Tobacco - I'm Not Buying It!

Sara Bellum
April 12, 2012

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is betting that young people have something powerful to say about smoking. Read More »

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