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Chromosome 17 Harbors Opioid Dependence Genes

Marzo del 2008

Describes the work of researchers who have found a statistical link between one region on chromosome 17 and an increased risk of opioid dependence.

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Cocaine Can Mobilize Stored Dopamine

Marzo del 2008

Describes a study showing that cocaine, which increases dopamine levels, also can tap into an intracellular dopamine reserve pool.

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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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Dr. David Jentsch Receives the 2011 Waletzky Memorial Award

julio del 2012
Dr. J. David Jentsch is the recipient of the 2011 Jacob P. Waletzky Memorial Award for Innovative Research in Drug Addiction and Alcoholism. Dr. Jentsch and colleagues at the University of California, Los Angeles, are studying genetic and neurochemical factors that influence individual differences in inhibitory control.

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Epigenetics: The Promise of a New Science

Marzo del 2008

Discusses the role of epigenetics, the study of cellular mechanisms that control gene expression and its impacts on health and behavior, in addiction research.

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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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Gene Influences Impact of Maternal Smoking on Children's Behavioral Problems

julio del 2011
Describes research showing that the combination of prenatal smoking exposure and specific genes increases children’s and adolescent’s risk for behavior problems.

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Genes and Smoking

abril del 2007

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

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Genetic Overlap Between Substance Abuse and Bipolar Disorder

abril del 2010

Describes a literature analysis reporting on the prevalence of people with bipolar disorder who also have a substance use disorder and discusses the genetic link that may contribute to this comorbidity.

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Individual Differences in Decisionmaking Style May Predict Teen Problems

diciembre del 2011

Reports on the relative influence of genes versus environment on adolescents’ choices that involve delayed gratification.

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