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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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Family-Based Intervention Lowers Long-Term Suicide Risk in Youth

ORI researchers were instrumental in conducting these important studies.

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How do parent-child interactions, genes, and early prevention efforts affect teen substance use?

In a new grant, Research Scientist Erika Westling, Ph.D., and colleagues at Arizona State University will examine this question using data from participants (now young adults) when they were children.

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Scientists funded to study sleep duration & depression in youth

Senior Scientist Lisa B. Sheeber, Ph.D., and colleagues at the University of Oregon have been funded to study the effect of sleep duration and timing on reward- and stress-related brain function.

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ORI Senior Scientist Ed Feil, Ph.D. shares information on First Step Next

ORI Senior Scientist Ed Feil, Ph.D. shares information on First Step Next, a school and home intervention program that redirects focus from negative behavior to more positive behavior.

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