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Deep Brain Stimulation Reduces Rats' Cocaine Seeking

diciembre del 2010
Describes results from an animal study involving deep brain stimulation that holds promise as a therapy for severe cocaine addiction.

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Intervention Improves Abstinence, Employment Among Welfare Recipients

diciembre del 2010
Reports research to study the effectiveness of an intensive case management program to aid female substance abusers who receive welfare in staying off drugs and finding employment.

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Study Supports Methadone Maintenance in Therapeutic Communities

diciembre del 2010

Describes a study that examined the effectiveness of combining two therapies for drug abuse addiction: methadone treatment and therapeutic communities, two approaches that are rarely combined.

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Incentives Promote Abstinence

diciembre del 2010

Explores research findings on the value of motivational incentives to promote and reinforce abstinence from substances of abuse and encourage healthy behaviors.

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Program Enhances Physician Knowledge on Substance Abuse

diciembre del 2010
Reports on an evaluation of the Chief Resident Immersion Training (CRIT) program to assess its effectiveness in improving knowledge, confidence, and preparedness to diagnose, manage, and teach about substance abuse.

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Brain Responds to Marijuana Cues in Familiar Manner

Marzo del 2011
Researchers found that the brain activity that takes place when cues trigger marijuana cravings is similar to the activity that accompanies cravings for other drugs.

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Neuropeptide Promotes Behaviors Tied to Addiction and Overeating

julio del 2011

Reports on several studies implicating a certain neuropeptide (a signaling molecule) in fostering addition and overeating and discusses implications for addiction treatment.

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Treatment Dropout Linked With Elevated Stress Response

julio del 2011

Summarizes a study to determine whether a stress-related biological marker in saliva can predict how long a drug user will remain in treatment.

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Medication Reduces Rats' Return to Methamphetamine Seeking

julio del 2011

Reports on a new medication strategy under investigated in animal studies that shows promise for preventing relapse to drug abuse.

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Disruption of Neuron Production in Adult Rats Increases Cocaine Taking

noviembre del 2011
Drug abuse may diminish production of new neurons in the brain’s hippocampus and thereby increase vulnerability to drug addiction.

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