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Optical Technologies Expand Vistas Into the Brain

Describes new tools under development, including one to visualize cells deep in the brain and another one that remotely activates brain cells.

Immune System Plays Unexpected Role in Brain Development

Describes research findings demonstrating that the immune system participates in the shaping of brain circuits during a child's development, a finding that may shed light on the origins of neurodegenerative diseases.

NIDA Bestows Prizes at International Science Fair

Announces the three winners of the NIDA and Scholastic Corporation 2008 Addiction Science Awards honoring high school students’ award-winning addiction-related projects.

Henry Yamamura Obituary

Remembers Henry I. "Hank" Yamamura, an eminent neuropharmacologist who pioneered radioligand binding assays, contributing valuable knowledge about neurotransmitter transporters and receptors.

Brain Proteins Differ in Cocaine-Overdose Victims

Describes research findings showing differences in protein concentrations in the brain pleasure centers of people who died from cocaine overdose as compared with those who did not abuse the drug.

Long-Term Cocaine Self-Administration Depresses Brain Activity

Discusses research exploring how widespread the reduction of neural activity is in the brain with chronic exposure to cocaine.

Imaging Studies Elucidate Neurobiology of Cigarette Craving

Reports on three separate imaging studies illuminating the neurobiology of cigarette craving.

Adolescent Rats Self-Administer More Nicotine Than Adults

Highlights an animal study involving the self-administration of nicotine among adolescent and adult rats to gain understanding of their potential vulnerability to the substance.

New Tracer for Nicotinic Receptors Promises Improved Specificity

Reports on NIDA researchers who developed a new tracer compound that binds readily to nicotine receptors and enhances positron emission tomography images.

Methamphetamine Abusers Show Increased Distractibility

Highlights findings from a study of former methamphetamine abusers showing evidence of impairment in areas of the brain known to influence cognition, emotion, and decision making.

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