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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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Mental health programs in schools -- Growing body of evidence supports effectiveness

School-based mental health programs can reach large numbers of children, with increasing evidence of effectiveness in improving mental health, according to a research review.

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Bilingual Students in the PreK-2 Classroom

"Literacy Success for Emergent Bilinguals" by Senior Research Associate Theresa A. Roberts, Ph.D., has recently been published by Teachers College Press.

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Marijuana's Health Effects

The National Academy of Sciences's new book on the health effects of cannabis and cannabinoids summarizes current scientific evidence & makes recommendations for future research.

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Implementing an Evidence-Based Fall Prevention Intervention in Community Senior Centers

Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance, a falls prevention program developed by ORI scientist Fuzhong Li, Ph.D., is cost-effective and successful when used by community senior centers.

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A new generation of tobacco users?

ORI scientists Erika Westling and Herb Severson recieved funding to study the use of E-cigarettes among middle school students.

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