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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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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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Smokers Who Quit May Have Genetic Advantage

noviembre del 2009

Describes research providing evidence that genes may influence how successful a person is in quitting smoking and which cessation technique may work best for them.

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Naltrexone via Skin Patch Proves Effectiveness of New Technology

noviembre del 2009

Reports on a new device that creates tiny painless punctures in the skin to allow medication to flow evenly from a skin patch into dermal capillaries and the bloodstream.

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Conferees Discuss Ways to Eliminate Disparities in Care

octubre del 2009

Presents highlights of a meeting summit to discuss ways to eliminate disparities in care, particularly as they relate to drug abuse and HIV.

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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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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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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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Combined Treatments Improve Dual Abstinence

octubre del 2009

Reports on a study investigating the effectiveness of a combined therapy of disulfiram and naltrexone for people who abuse cocaine and alcohol.

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Intervention for Disruptive Children Shows Long-Term Benefits

octubre del 2009

Reports on research providing evidence that teaching aggressive youngsters social coping skills reduces their chances of becoming substance abusers.

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