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The “Use it or lose it” Model

In the context of pruning and the “use it or lose it” model, addiction is like a pathway.  It may start out as a mere amble through the woods, a poorly defined trail, but can end up like a super highway with few exits.  Drugs are the vehicles that drive that road, and every new […]

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The Complicated Case of Adolescent Drug Abuse: Implications of Brain Plasticity

The Complicated Case of Adolescent Drug Abuse: Implications of Brain Plasticity

by Erich Engelhardt M.A. and Joseph Shrand, MD It never made sense what my teachers in medical school were telling me back in the late 1980’s about the brain: that brain cells did not replicate and once dead were therefore not replaced.  Practically all other parts of the body have some way of reproducing.  From […]