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Impacts of Drugs on Neurotransmission

October 2007

Discusses the central importance of studying drugs' effects on neurotransmission and describes some of the most common experimental methods used in this research.

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Tracing NET

October 2007
Describes research that has led to the development of a new tool, a new radiotracer, for studying the neurobiology of depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and stimulant abuse.

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NIDA Will Contribute to Obesity Research

October 2007

Describes an NIH-wide obesity task force and research plan and explores some of the links between addiction and compulsive eating.

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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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Controlling College Students' ADHD Symptoms May Protect Them Against Substance Abuse

October 2007

Reports data on the prevalence of substance use among college students with ADHD, comparing those who received ADHD treatment with those who did not.

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Endorphin Derivative Inhibits Reward From Morphine and Nicotine in Rats

October 2007

Describes research investigating a naturally occurring brain chemical that shows early promise as a treatment for addiction in animal studies.

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Vaccine May Reduce Fetal Exposure to Nicotine

April 2007
Describes research on a vaccine developed to facilitate smoking cessation by blocking nicotine penetration into the brain.

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Naltrexone-Nicotine Patch Combination Shows Promise

April 2007
Reports findings from a clinical trial investigating the effectiveness of naltrexone as a supplement to nicotine replacement therapy for smoking cessation.

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Meeting Reviews Progress On Prescription Opioid Misuse

April 2007
Describes a meeting of researchers and clinicians who gathered to discuss the challenges in balancing appropriate pain treatment with efforts to minimize prescription opioid misuse.

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