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Stress and Addiction: Breaking the Cycle

Rajita Sinha, professor of psychiatry and director of the Yale School of Medicine consortium on stress and addiction, explains how stress puts people at risk for addiction.


4 Mar 2008

Rank #1

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Teen Brains Wired to Take Risks

Teenagers are hard wired to experiment and seek out excitement. Dr. Linda Mayes discusses the state of the science on adolescent brain development and ways that adults can encourage good decision making.

3 Jun 2008

Rank #2

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New Strategies for the Hardest Cases of Depression

Gerard Sanacora, M.D., associate professor of psychiatry and director of the Yale Depression Program, studies how the neurotransmitter systems in the brain contribute to depression and other mood disorders.


3 Apr 2008

Rank #3

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Nicotine and the Teenage Brain

Leslie Jacobsen, M.D., associate professor of psychiatry, explains how exposure to nicotine in the womb, or in the teen years, is associated with neurological changes—none of them for the better.


14 Feb 2008

Rank #4

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Fast Tracking Lab Discoveries to Help Alcoholics

John Krystal, M.D., the Robert L. McNeil Jr. Professor of Clinical Pharmacology, explains current research on alcohol dependence. Dr. Krystal leads a major effort at Yale to help turn research findings about alcoholism into treatment for patients.


29 Feb 2008

Rank #5