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Nicotine Alters the Developing Rat Brain

Describes animal studies that suggested exposure to the drug during gestation or adolescence may cause lasting alterations in reward and motivation circuits.

Cocaine Craving Activates Brain Reward Structures; Cocaine "High" Dampens Them

Reports on a study that documenting changing emotional and neurobiological responses to cocaine with successive doses during a single session of drug taking.

Cocaine Abusers' Pretreatment Cue Responses Predict Recovery Success

Reports on the work of researchers who used brain images to correlate cocaine-addicted patients' regional brain responses to drug cues with their outcomes in subsequent treatment.

Behavioral Response to Novelty Foreshadows Neurological Response to Cocaine

Describes evidence supporting the view that developmental differences in brain systems that use the neurotransmitter dopamine underlie age differences in susceptibility to drug abuse.

Journal Highlights Opportunities in Hispanic Drug Abuse Research

Reviews a journal supplement that compiles information on drug abuse research in the Hispanic population.

Videos Help Treat Deaf People

Reviews a training DVD that presents dialectical behavior therapy skills being taught by deaf clinicians to deaf consumers as an approach to improve deaf people's access to behavioral health care.

Vaccine May Reduce Fetal Exposure to Nicotine

Describes research on a vaccine developed to facilitate smoking cessation by blocking nicotine penetration into the brain.

Uneven Regional Brain Development Contributes to Adolescent Risk-Taking

Reports on the work of scientists who have linked impulsiveness and risk-taking among adolescents to immaturity of the brain region called the orbitofrontal cortex.

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