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Animal Studies Elaborate Toluene's Effects

Reports on evidence that toluene abuse can harm the nervous system and body, although scientists know relatively little about its specific actions.

Prenatal Nicotine Exposure May Damage Receptors That Influence Auditory Processing

Reports on a series of animal experiments indicating that nicotine exposure during prenatal fetal development damages a set of receptors in the brain's auditory processing center.

NIDA Initiates Pediatrics Symposium on Adolescent Health

Presents highlights of a symposium sponsored by NIDA in October 2008 to discuss adolescent brain and cognitive development and consider the impact of drug abuse on young people.

Extended Cocaine Exposure Impairs Cognitive Function in Rats

Reports an animal study presenting evidence that cocaine causes cognitive deficits that can persist well into abstinence.

Annual Event Teaches Students Brain Science

Highlights activities held during Brain Awareness Week for students in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, to learn about brain anatomy and function.

Crack Cocaine Promotes Progression of HIV Infection to AIDS

Reports on two studies showing a high prevalence of HIV infection and more rapid progression to disability and death among drug abusers.

Reality Videos Bring NIDA Scientists to Web Site for Teens

Highlights new video clips on NIDA's Web site for teens that explore the dangers of drug abuse and that address questions from youth and their parents on the topic.

Injection Drug Users Acquire Hepatitis C Infection Later in Developed Countries

Reports trends in onset of injection drug use to infection with hepatitis C virus in developed countries and notes the influence of prevention efforts.

Marijuana Smoking Is Associated With a Spectrum Of Respiratory Disorders

Highlights two studies suggesting significant associations between marijuana smoking and respiratory disease.

Steroid Abuse Is a High-Risk Route to the Finish Line

NIDA Director Nora Volkow

Highlights research on the effects of steroid use on the brain and the rest of the body, and stresses the need to educate young people about the serious health risks associated with its use.

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