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Researchers Report on Progress of NIDA's Southern Africa Initiative

March 2008
Presents an update on NIDA’s Southern African Initiative, a program that aims to build research capacity and infrastructure in the area of addiction, particularly drug-related HIV transmission.

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Researchers Develop a New Tracer for Cannabinoid Receptor

March 2008
Describes a new chemical tracer that binds specifically to cannabinoid receptors making it potentially useful in future research to clarify the relationship between the receptors and drug abuse.

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Combination Treatment Extends Marijuana Abstinence

March 2008
Describes research investigating the use of a treatment that combines vouchers and cognitive behavioral therapy as compared with the use of either treatment alone for marijuana abuse.

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Long-Term Cocaine Abuse Linked With Impaired Heart Function

March 2008
Summarizes research on the effects of long-term regular cocaine abuse on the cardiovascular system in African Americans.

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Scientific Society Honors Dr. Kenner Rice's Research

March 2008
Announces the 2007 Smissman Award from the American Chemical Society to Dr. Kenner Rice, NIDA, for significant contributions to fundamental knowledge in medicinal chemistry.

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Sertraline Does Not Help Methamphetamine Abusers Quit

March 2008

Describes a new research finding indicating that the antidepressant sertraline (Zoloft), prescribed to relieve depression during the methamphetamine withdrawal process, may make quitting harder.

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Epigenetics: The Promise of a New Science

March 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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Bupropion Reduces Meth's Subjective Effects and Cue-Induced Craving

March 2008

Describes a study investigating the use of the antidepressant bupropion as a potential therapy for methamphetamine addiction.

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Journal Highlights Global Nexus of Drug Abuse and HIV/AIDS

October 2007
Reviews a journal supplement that compiles studies on drug-related HIV transmission, with a focus on injection drug use, in 16 different localities across the globe.

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Neuropeptide Promotes Drug-Seeking and Craving in Rats

October 2007
Reports on two studies indicating that orexin, a neuropeptide that stimulates eating and regulates wakefulness, also fosters animals' drug seeking and craving responses to drugs.

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