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Say What? “Epigenetics”

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 08:53
Taking drugs can affect which of your genes are switched on or off, and this can be passed on to your kids. Epigenetics is the study of this process. Read More »

Your Brain on Stimulants, Part 3: Misusing Prescription Stimulants—Myth vs. Fact

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 10:35
It’s possible to misuse a stimulant—even if it was prescribed for you—and that can lead to health problems.  Read More »

Your Brain on Stimulants, Part 2: Types of Stimulants

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 10:38
While prescription stimulants can help with ADHD, non-prescribed stimulants do not help with ADHD, and each one has its own side effects and risks.  Read More »

Your Brain on Stimulants, Part 1: How Stimulants Work

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 12:34
Stimulants are drugs that increase alertness, attention, and energy by raising the levels of dopamine (a chemical) in the brain and other parts of the body, similar to the way dopamine is naturally produced in the brain.  Read More »

Could Snake Venom Help with the Opioid Problem?

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 09:09
Scientists are studying venom from snakes and spiders that might lead to safer or more effective pain relievers. This approach to developing drugs is called “toxineering”. Read More »

So You Think You May Have a Problem with Drugs. What Now?

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 11:57
If you think you might have a problem with drugs, it’s important to talk to a medical professional. If you have questions or concerns about taking that step, we have answers. Read More »

Three More Things We’ve Learned About Secondhand Marijuana Smoke

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 10:16
Researchers still have many unanswered questions, but the available evidence suggests that while inhaling secondhand marijuana smoke isn’t as bad for your health as smoking marijuana, it isn’t harmless, either. Read More »

E-Cigarettes: What You Need to Know

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 07:47
For people looking to quit using tobacco, e-cigarettes might be helpful. But if you’re a teen who doesn’t smoke, they could eventually just hook you on tobacco.  Read More »

Tolerance, Dependence, Addiction: What's the Difference?

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 13:57
Many people think drug addiction, dependence, and tolerance are pretty much the same thing. But in fact, each term means something very different. Read More »

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