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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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Substance abuse screening, intervention, referral benefits teens

Kaiser Permanente researchers find long-term benefits for patients and health organizations that employ screenings, interventions, and referrals.

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Still healthy after all these years

The benefits of exercise may last longer than many of us might expect.

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Mental and Physical Activity in Middle Age Tied to Lower Dementia Risk

Researchers in Sweden have found that keeping both physically and mentally active during middle age can significantly reduce the risk of developing dementia during old age.

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High Use of E-Cigs in Oregon 8th, 9th Graders

ORI scientist Erika Westling, Ph.D., and her team asked middle school students what they think of e-cigs, how common e-cig use is, & if e-cig use leads to use of other tobacco products.

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FDA Restricts Teen Access to Flavored E-Cigs

The agency said it would allow stores to continue selling such flavored products, but only from closed off-areas that would be inaccessible to teenagers. Learn more about ORI's research on e-cigarette

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