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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.

Chronic Cocaine Abusers Have Occult Insomnia in Early Abstinence

Reports on research of chronic cocaine abusers who may feel they are sleeping better during early abstinence revealed that the opposite may be true.

Mice With Genetic Alteration Eschew Cocaine

Reports on a study involving researchers who successfully desensitized mice to cocaine by genetically altering their dopamine transporters.

Fewer Young Adults Abuse Cocaine and Methamphetamine, National Survey Finds

Reports prevalence rates of illicit drug abuse among youths and young adults based on 2007 data from a national survey of drug use and health.

Reducing Postpartum Drug Use

Highlights a computerized intervention that reduced new mothers' drug abuse in the first 4 months postpartum as reported in a clinical trial of 107 women who abused drugs.

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.

Methadone Reduces Rats' Cocaine Seeking

Reports on an animal study showing that methadone, normally used as a therapy for opioid abuse, may prove to be an effective treatment for cocaine abuse.

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.

New Vaccines Are Being Developed Against Addiction and Relapse

NIDA Director Nora Volkow

Highlights NIDA-funded research to develop vaccines against addiction to drugs such as cocaine, nicotine, phencyclidine (PCP), and methamphetamine.

Aripiprazole Prevents Rats From Resuming Cocaine Seeking

Reports on study results indicating a medication prescribed for schizophrenia and manic phases of bipolar disorder shows promise as a cocaine addiction treatment.

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