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Study Supports Methadone Maintenance in Therapeutic Communities (December 2010)

Describes a study that examined the effectiveness of combining two therapies for drug abuse addiction: methadone treatment and therapeutic communities, two approaches that are rarely combined.

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Program Enhances Physician Knowledge on Substance Abuse (December 2010)

Reports on an evaluation of the Chief Resident Immersion Training (CRIT) program to assess its effectiveness in improving knowledge, confidence, and preparedness to diagnose, manage, and teach about substance abuse.

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Detoxification Services and Pharmacotherapies Lacking in Nation's Jails and Prisons (December 2010)

Reports findings from a survey that revealed that although substance abuse is prevalent in jails and prisons, many correctional facilities do not offer detoxification services or therapies to aid in maintaining abstinence.

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Substance Abuse Evaluated Among Women With Children (December 2010)

Discusses rates of substance use or abuse among mothers with at-home children and the factors that may contribute to the abuse.

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Modafinil Normalizes Sleep During Early Cocaine Abstinence (December 2010)

Describes a study investigating the effectiveness of modafinil in enhancing sleep among cocaine abusers who are currently abstinent.

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NIDA Appoints New Director of the Intramural Research Program (December 2010)

Announces NIDA’s new director of its intramural research program, Antonello Bonci, M.D., a leading researcher in neuropsychopharmacology.

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Marijuana Linked With Testicular Cancer (December 2010)

Reports on a study of close to 400 Washington State men that found that those who use marijuana may increase their risk for developing testicular cancer.

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NIDA Grantee Wins Prize for Genetics Web Sites (December 2010)

Announces the recipient of an award for online resources in education, Dr. Louisa Stark, who developed two interactive Web sites on genetics.

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Deep Brain Stimulation Reduces Rats' Cocaine Seeking (December 2010)

Describes results from an animal study involving deep brain stimulation that holds promise as a therapy for severe cocaine addiction.

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Parental Supervision and Genetics Interact To Influence Nicotine Addiction (December 2010)

Reviews research indicating that both parental influence and certain genes interact to influence nicotine addiction and that parental monitoring may play a role in reducing risk.

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