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NIDA Investigator Receives 2006 Waletzky Memorial Award

Announces the recipient of a 2006 award for innovation in research on drug addiction and alcoholism, Dr. Yavin Shaham, and describes his research which focused on the stress-induced drug use relapse.

Meeting Reviews Progress On Prescription Opioid Misuse

Describes a meeting of researchers and clinicians who gathered to discuss the challenges in balancing appropriate pain treatment with efforts to minimize prescription opioid misuse.

Journal Highlights Global Nexus of Drug Abuse and HIV/AIDS

Reviews a journal supplement that compiles studies on drug-related HIV transmission, with a focus on injection drug use, in 16 different localities across the globe.

Study Links Anabolic Steroids to Brain Changes in Adolescent Female Mice

Reports on an animal study finding that links anabolic steroids to brain changes in adolescent female mice, changes that can potentially lead to steroid abuse.

Tracing NET

Describes research that has led to the development of a new tool, a new radiotracer, for studying the neurobiology of depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and stimulant abuse.

Neuropeptide Promotes Drug-Seeking and Craving in Rats

Reports on two studies indicating that orexin, a neuropeptide that stimulates eating and regulates wakefulness, also fosters animals' drug seeking and craving responses to drugs.

NIDA Will Contribute to Obesity Research

NIDA Director Nora Volkow

Describes an NIH-wide obesity task force and research plan and explores some of the links between addiction and compulsive eating.

Researchers Develop a New Tracer for Cannabinoid Receptor

Describes a new chemical tracer that binds specifically to cannabinoid receptors making it potentially useful in future research to clarify the relationship between the receptors and drug abuse.

Long-Term Cocaine Abuse Linked With Impaired Heart Function

Summarizes research on the effects of long-term regular cocaine abuse on the cardiovascular system in African Americans.

HIV Patients Show Better Immune Recovery With Early Initiation of HAART

Presents evidence that among men and women with HIV, those who received early initiation of HAART therapy, those with higher CD4+ levels, achieved better immune recovery.

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