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Fewer Girls Are Smoking, But Change Is Uneven (March 2011)

Reports 2010 rates of cigarette smoking among eighth girls, providing historical data and racial and ethnic differences.

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Combination Therapy Most Effective for Helping Smokers Quit (March 2011)

Examines results from a randomized clinical trial which found that treatment with a nicotine patch and nicotine lozenge together produced the greatest benefits in helping people quit smoking and remain abstinent.

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Menthol May Strengthen Nicotine Addiction (March 2011)

Reports on a study of Latino and African-American smokers of menthol cigarettes who did not benefit as much from a month-long smoking cessation program as smokers of non-menthol cigarettes.

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Dr. Paul Kenny Receives the 2010 Waletzky Memorial Award (March 2011)

Announces the recipient of a 2010 award for innovation in research on drug addiction and alcoholism and describes his work on increasing our understanding of the molecular foundation of addiction.

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Cocaine Alters Production of Hundreds of Proteins (March 2011)

Describes research findings that show that chronic cocaine abuse may change the production of many proteins in the neurons of the brain’s reward system, aiding in our understanding how the drug causes addiction.

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Two NIDA Grantees Receive Sarnat Prize (March 2011)

Announces the recipients of the 2010 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health, Dr. Eric J. Nestler and Dr. Charles P. O'Brien, prominent addiction scientists.

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Brain Responds to Marijuana Cues in Familiar Manner (March 2011)

Researchers found that the brain activity that takes place when cues trigger marijuana cravings is similar to the activity that accompanies cravings for other drugs.

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Prevention Program Averts Initiation of Alcohol and Tobacco Use (March 2011)

Describes a community focused prevention program that aids towns in lowering rates of delinquency, initiation of alcohol and tobacco use, and binge drinking among middle school students.

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Addiction Science Award Winners Announced (December 2010)

Announces the 2010 high school student recipients of the Addiction Science Awards and describes their winning addiction-focused projects.

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Drug Abuse at Highest Level in Nearly a Decade (December 2010)

Reports on 2009 data indicating a rise in drug abuse in the United States and the factors that may have contributed to this increase.

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