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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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Receptor Complexes Link Dopamine to Long-Term Neuronal Effects

octubre del 2009

Reports on a discovery of previously unrecognized dopamine receptors in the brain that when triggered by drug abuse lead to potentially long-term neuronal effects.

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Drug Cues Outside Awareness Rapidly Trigger Brain's Emotion Centers

octubre del 2009

Describes research showing that cocaine abusers appear to have a rapid neural response to reward cues outside of their awareness, possibly signifying vulnerability to relapse.

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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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Methamphetamine Abuse Alters Response to Facial Cues

octubre del 2009

Highlights research showing methamphetamine abusers may have more difficulty than nonabusers in responding with empathy and self-control to people who are experiencing intense emotions.

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Annual Event Teaches Students Brain Science

noviembre del 2009

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

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DESPR Identifies Drug Abuse Trends and Seeks Solutions

noviembre del 2009
Discusses the work of NIDA’s Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research, organized to track drug use and provide empirically based information for researchers and service providers.

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NIDA Awards Prizes at International Science Fair

noviembre del 2009

Announces the 2009 high school student recipients of the Addiction Science Awards and describes their winning addiction-focused projects.

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Nicotine Boosts Mood, Brain Dopamine Levels

noviembre del 2009

Highlights findings from a study showing that nicotine triggers a surge in levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain's main reward area for cigarette smokers.

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Substance Abuse Among Troops, Veterans, and Their Families

noviembre del 2009

Highlights the need for research to assess and find solutions to a potential rise in substance abuse among service men and women, veterans, and their families.

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