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Hands holding a glowing brain

Word of the Day: Neuroscience

Sara Bellum
April 15, 2010

Your school probably has science classes like biology and chemistry and maybe even ecology, but does it offer a class specifically on neuroscience? Read More »

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Real Teens Ask: How Old Are Kids Who Start Using Drugs?

Sara Bellum
November 05, 2009

Lots of teens have questions about drugs. Each year, NIDA scientists spend a day chatting online with high school students and answering their questions. At the last Drug Facts Chat Day, soccerstar0 asked: Read More »

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The Growth of the Teenage Brain From Age Four to Twenty-One

Who Has More Brain Power--You or Your Parents?

Sara Bellum
August 17, 2009

NIDA scientists are always saying that teens shouldn’t use drugs, tobacco, or alcohol. But do you know why they say that? Because of scientific studies like this one by Dr. Jay Giedd, which shows that your brain won’t reach its adult potential until you’re over 20 years old. Read More »

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Real Teens Ask: Can Your Brain Size Change From Drug Use?

Sara Bellum
July 20, 2009

At NIDA's last Drug Facts Chat Day, mendythepenty asked this question: "is it possible that you do so much drugs, that your brain can change into the size of a pea?" Read More »

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Series of MRI Scans of the Brain

Binge Drinking Matters--To Your Brain

Sara Bellum
July 08, 2009

I'm sure you've heard that abusing alcohol hurts your health. But how many years of drinking do you think it takes to visibly affect your brain? Ten years? Twenty? Read More »

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