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Scientific American interviews Bankole Johnson

Does Rehab Work for Alcoholism and Other Addictions?

Singer Amy Winehouse’s fame and infamy have now been forever linked to one word: rehab. She is only one of many recent high-profile cases in which attempts at rehabilitation from substance abuse failed. Amidst strange public outbursts earlier this year, actor Charlie Sheen asserted that it was not rehab, but rather he, himself, that had been his secret weapon against abusing cocaine and booze.

Read on for the interview with Dr. Bankole Johnson.

Patrick Kennedy on CNN

Dr. Sanjay Gupta is interviewing Patrick Kennedy today on CNN (4 pm EST/ 7 pm PST), and Dr. Bankole Johnson will be on, too.

Patrick Kennedy has been making some headlines lately because he is championing his new cause: brain science.

Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), son of late Mass. Sen. Edward Kennedy and the nephew of President John F. Kennedy, is co-chairman of the One Mind for Research Scientific Forum, which runs Monday through Wednesday.

The forum, which Kennedy calls a “moon shot into the mind,” launches on the eve of the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s challenge to send a man to the moon within a decade.

“We’re trying to introduce a new paradigm bringing in the metaphor of my uncle’s call-to-action for going to the moon,” says Patrick Kennedy, 43, who retired from Congress in 2010. “We’re trying to repurpose that branding to something I believe is equally important.”

Kennedy, who has grappled with depression and addiction and whose father died of brain cancer two years ago, says he and his family have always had an interest in brain issues. “My family’s entire legacy has been interwoven with advocacy for destigmatization of these illnesses, as well as advancing research into these illnesses.”

He hopes the meeting will generate a 10-year plan that speeds the path to cures and treatments for brain diseases, and spurs collaboration between those in the neurosciences.

The brain health of war veterans is at the top of the agenda, he says.

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(h/t G2K)