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World AIDS Day 2013—Addiction Treatment Supports AIDS Treatment

noviembre del 2013
December 1 is World AIDS Day. At NIDA, we always stress the principle that drug abuse treatment is AIDS prevention, because of the close links that exist between drug abuse and the spread of HIV. Injection drug use alone contributed to more than 7% of new infections in 2011, although the population of people who use drugs by any route who are also HIV-positive is much higher. Drug use goes hand-in-hand with various behaviors besides needle-sharing that place individuals at risk for HIV infection, such as unprotected sex. Read More.

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Dr. Nora Volkow and other scientists and scholars with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India

Talking to the Dalai Lama about Addiction Science

noviembre del 2013
Recently, I had the privilege of visiting Dharamsala, India, for a dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama about addiction science, as part of a five-day conference at his Mind and Life Institute. I was very impressed at the Tibetan Buddhist leader’s personal interest in the brain, and in his desire to convene a small group of scientists from around the world along with Buddhist contemplatives and other scholars to discuss the topic of craving, desire, and addiction. Read More.

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Tobacco-Related Mortality and Mental Illness

noviembre del 2013
Addiction goes hand in hand with other mental illnesses. People with psychiatric conditions smoke at twice to four times the rate of the general population, and they are estimated to purchase nearly half of all cigarettes sold in this country. Yet physicians have tended to ignore the smoking behavior of their psychiatric patients. Read More.

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Mouse brain imaged using CLARITY.   Howard Hughes Medical Institute/Stanford University

Support for Basic Science

septiembre del 2013
In tough fiscal times, scientists from a wide range fields worry that their area of research will be disproportionately hurt. As the Director of NIDA, my job is to ensure that we continue to support a balanced portfolio that makes the most of the scientific opportunities that are emerging and stands the best chance of improving the public’s health. Read More.

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Pie chart showing replication results for 67 studies,  20.9% were fully replicated, 11.9% partially and 64.2% not replicated (3.0 % not applicable)

Improving Reproducibility and Transparency in Biomedical Research

septiembre del 2013
An alarming phenomenon in science that has come to our attention is the failure of many published results to reproduce Read More.

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National Recovery Month

septiembre del 2013
September is National Recovery Month—an annual recognition of the fact that millions of Americans suffer from addiction and other mental disorders, which can be successfully treated, allowing people to live healthy, rewarding lives. Read More.

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Anti-retroviral Drug Prophylaxis to Prevent HIV Transmission

agosto del 2013
Current prevention strategies have reduced the incidence of HIV worldwide, but that decline has slowed in recent years. We need new prevention strategies if we are to realize President Obama’s goal of an AIDS-free generation. Read More.

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NIDA Prescription Drug CMEs Have Been a Great Success

agosto del 2013
The epidemic of prescription opioid abuse in this country is linked partly to the dramatic rise in prescriptions for these medicines over the last two decades, as well as the fact that many clinicians are inadequately trained to safely treat pain in their patients. Read More.

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FDA calls for public input on regulating menthol in tobacco products

agosto del 2013
Menthol is a popular additive in cigarettes, potentially making them more palatable, but its use in these products is currently unregulated. Read More.

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Credit: PEPFAR Vietnam

Preventing HIV/AIDS in Vietnam

julio del 2013
In April of this year I visited Vietnam along with Jacques Normand, Director of NIDA’s HIV Research Program, to foster research collaborations between NIDA and Vietnamese scientists on issues of HIV and drug abuse in that country. Read More.

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Dr. Nora Volkow: Video Highlights

NIDA Director, Dr. Nora D. Volkow Videos

 

Toma el reto nacional sobre el coeficiente intelectual (CI) sobre las drogas