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Imaging Studies Elucidate Neurobiology of Cigarette Craving

diciembre del 2008

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

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Nicotine Dependence is Linked With Mental Disorders in Pregnant Women

diciembre del 2008

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

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Damage to Brain Area May Immediately Halt Cigarette Addiction

abril del 2009

Describes a study among people who had sustained brain injuries to investigate whether certain damaged areas of the brain are associated with the ability to quit smoking.

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Stimulus Money Will Fund a Surge in Knowledge

abril del 2009

Describes NIDA’s drug abuse and addiction research priorities for the use of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds.

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Prenatal Nicotine Exposure May Damage Receptors That Influence Auditory Processing

abril del 2009

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.

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New Tracer for Nicotinic Receptors Promises Improved Specificity

abril del 2009

Reports on NIDA researchers who developed a new tracer compound that binds readily to nicotine receptors and enhances positron emission tomography images.

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Ethnic Groups Have Contrasting Genetic Risks for Nicotine Addiction

octubre del 2009

Describes research exploring differences and similarities in the genetic profiles of African-Americans and European-Americans who are heavy smokers.

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Sensory Aspects of Smoking May Counter Bad Mood, Craving

octubre del 2009

Describes study findings revealing that the act of smoking, apart from actual or expected nicotine delivery, may soothe a smoker's negative mood.

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Lower Rates of Cigarette and Marijuana Smoking Among Exercising Teens

octubre del 2009

Highlights prevalence rates of cigarette and marijuana smoking among teens who exercise regularly as compared with their less active peers.

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Abstinent Smokers' Nicotinic Receptors Take More Than a Month to Normalize

octubre del 2009

Describes research revealing that for up to 6 weeks after smokers quit, their brain cells have more nicotine-binding receptors than nonsmokers, which may explain the struggle to quit.

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