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Addiction and Co-Occurring Mental Disorders

NIDA Director Nora Volkow

Presents an overview of the research underway to investigate medication and behavioral therapies for co-occurring disorders.

Vaccine May Reduce Fetal Exposure to Nicotine

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

Standard Treatments Help Depressed Smokers Quit

Describes a study comparing Staged Care Intervention, a combination treatment for smoking cessation, among smokers in outpatient treatment for depression and a control group.

Naltrexone-Nicotine Patch Combination Shows Promise

Reports findings from a clinical trial investigating the effectiveness of naltrexone as a supplement to nicotine replacement therapy for smoking cessation.

Genes and Smoking

NIDA Director Nora Volkow

Reports on the research underway to identify gene variations associated with nicotine addiction and the interaction of genetic makeup, experiences, and surroundings to addiction.

Endorphin Derivative Inhibits Reward From Morphine and Nicotine in Rats

Describes research investigating a naturally occurring brain chemical that shows early promise as a treatment for addiction in animal studies.

Teen Substance Abuse Continues to Decline

Reports on the prevalence of substance abuse among youth based on 2007 data from a national survey of behaviors, attitudes, and values.

Behavioral Problems Related to Maternal Smoking During Pregnancy Manifest Early in Childhood

Describes research providing evidence that maternal smoking during pregnancy contributes to behavioral conduct disorders among toddlers, school-age children, and teens.

Nicotine Dependence is Linked With Mental Disorders in Pregnant Women

Reports on a link between mental disorders, including mood, anxiety, or personality disorder and nicotine dependence in pregnancy women.

Imaging Studies Elucidate Neurobiology of Cigarette Craving

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

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