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NIDA Notes keeps you up to date on research advances in the causes, consequences, prevention, and treatment of drug abuse and addiction and HIV/AIDS.

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Intensive Interventions Reduce Risky Sexual Behaviors (July 2011)

Discusses research that compares multiple sessions of motivational and behavioral training with that of a single intervention among male and female substance abusers to reduce high-risk sexual behaviors.

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Grantee Wins Early Career Award (July 2011)

Announces the 2010 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers to Dr. Mauricio R. Delgado for his work with functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate how the human brain learns from experiences.

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Gene Influences Impact of Maternal Smoking on Children's Behavioral Problems (July 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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Computer-Based Intervention Offers Good Value for Money (July 2011)

Reports on researchers who demonstrated the economic value of a computer-based treatment as an adjunct to standard addiction therapy.

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Treatment Dropout Linked With Elevated Stress Response (July 2011)

Summarizes a study to determine whether a stress-related biological marker in saliva can predict how long a drug user will remain in treatment.

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NIDA Cosponsors Mentoring Service for Clinicians Advising Substance-Abusing Patients (July 2011)

Highlights a free service that provides primary care clinicians with advice from experts in addiction medicine on addressing substance abuse with patients in the primary care setting.

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Prison Use of Medications for Opioid Addiction Remains Low (July 2011)

Describes results from a nationwide survey among correctional facilities on the use of opioid replacement therapy for people who are addicted to heroin.

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High Rates of Illegal Drug Use Among Alcohol-Dependent Adults (July 2011)

Highlights data on the prevalence of rates of illegal drug use and nonmedical use of prescription drugs among adults dependant on alcohol, as compared with the general population.

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Drugs Contribute to High Rates of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Among Juvenile Offenders (July 2011)

Describe a study of newly arrested youths where researchers found correlations between the youths' prevalence of these sexually transmitted diseases and their cocaine and marijuana use.

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Week-Long Events Teach Teens Drug Abuse Facts (July 2011)

Highlights activities from the 2011 National Drug Facts Week in which communities sponsor events to educate teenagers about drugs and drug abuse.

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