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Craving an Ice Cream Fix

Ice CreamThe notion that food can be addictive has been debated for some time and largely rejected by both nutrition and addiction researchers. But this spring, the secretary of health, Kathleen Sebelius, said that for some, obesity is “an addiction like smoking.” One month earlier, Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, gave a lecture at Rockefeller University, making the case that food and drug addictions have much in common, particularly in the way that both disrupt the parts of the brain involved in pleasure and self-control. LEARN MORE

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Mid-Life Chronic Inflammation tied to Dementia

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have added to evidence that chronic inflammation in middle and late age are linked to visible structural changes in brains of people with poor cognition and dementia.

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Teaching Reading Focus of New Grant

ORI scientist Pat Vadasy, Ph.D., has just received funding to test phonics variations with support for flexible thinking for struggling K-1st grade readers.

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Does Vaping Help or Harm Tobacco Reduction?

ORI scientist Erika Westling, Ph.D., comments on aggressive marketing of e-cigarettes to youth. "A lot of these kids think that it’s just flavored water, so no big deal.”

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Physical Inactivity, Overweight & Obesity in Childhood

Children's own motor competence and their physical self-concept (aka perceived motor competence) play a major part in increasing the amount of time spent on exercise.

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Successful Weight Management

Regular eating and having no history of dieting were associated with weight maintenance in young women and men.

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