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Commentary: Using neuroscience to prevent drug addiction among teenagers

One way to deter harmful recreational drug use by teenagers is to treat them like adults. Rather than simply tell them to "Just Say No" to alcohol, tobacco or illicit drugs, it may be more helpful to explain how these substances create unique risks for them – risks that arise due to the changing state of the adolescent brain.

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Ask Mr. Dad: The importance of roughhousing

Dear Mr. Dad: My husband and our boy-girl twins love to wrestle, but I'm worried that all that physical activity and getting revved up will make them – especially our son – see violence as acceptable. Should I be concerned?

Twice spared, soon a beloved oak tree will no longer shade this Raleigh yard

Krista Padgett inherited the role of protector of a 250-year-old oak when she purchased her home from Wayne Crawford, who spent his childhood under its branches and saved it from construction twice before. Together they grieve its upcoming removal.

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