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Adolescent drinking may impair brain’s ability to cope with stress
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Adolescent drinking is very common. According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, or NSDUH, more than a third (35.1 percent) of all 15-year-olds reported drinking alcohol at least once in their lives. Over 8 million people between the ages of 12 and 20 — or 22.7 percent of this age group […]


Exercise works as an antidepressant and brain booster
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Exercise is good for the mind, body and soul, and prevents cardiovascular disease such as myocardial infarctions and stroke. The American Heart Association recommends that individuals perform 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise a week. This amounts to roughly 30 minutes of exercise five days a week. Obesity […]


Prolonged marijuana use may affect brain’s pleasure center
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Consider this image: Two people are racing through the front yard of a mansion, from the mailbox to the front door. A red ribbon marking the finish line is affixed to the threshold of the door. Arms are pumping, heels kicking back furiously and the two are smiling. But attached to one man is a […]


Medical marijuana vs. prescription painkillers to treat chronic pain
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Opioids, including heroin and prescription pain medications (e.g., oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl), attach to opioid receptors on nerve cells in the body and the brain to produce pleasurable effects and pain relief. Prescription opioids are frequently prescribed for treating moderate to severe pain; however, due to the euphoria and pain relief produced by these […]


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