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French Government Honors Dr. Volkow (October 2010)

Announces the 2009 International Prize, awarded by the French Institute of Health and Medical Research, to NIDA Director Dr. Nora D. Volkow.

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Lower Levels of Dopamine-Regulating Receptors Among Novelty Seekers (October 2010)

Describes research results reporting that people who favor novelty have lower-than-average availability of a receptor that inhibits dopamine's release from neurons, which likely stimulates the activity of reward circuits.

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Crack Cocaine Promotes Progression of HIV Infection to AIDS (October 2010)

Reports on two studies showing a high prevalence of HIV infection and more rapid progression to disability and death among drug abusers.

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Treatment Patterns Vary Among People With Co-Occurring Disorders Based on Type of Treatment System Entered (October 2010)

Presents a summary of a study that followed individuals who entered mental health crisis or substance abuse detoxification residential centers in San Francisco and the types of treatment they received.

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Four Scientists Receive Avant-Garde Awards (October 2010)

Recognizes four scientists for the 2009 Avant-Garde Award for HIV research, an award intended to stimulate groundbreaking research for the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS in drug abusers.

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School-Wide Program Reduces Problem Behaviors and Improves Academic Outcomes (October 2010)

Reports on a school-centered program for social and emotional development that was credited with reducing rates of substance abuse, violent behavior, and voluntary sexual activity among primary school children.

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New Tools and Strategies to Bolster Behavioral Therapy (October 2010)

Reports on research investigating whether certain medications might strengthen patients' understanding and memory retention.

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Dr. Geoffrey Schoenbaum Receives the Waletzky Memorial Award (October 2010)

Announces the recipient of a 2009 award for innovation in research on drug addiction and alcoholism and with a focus on the changes that occur in the brain after exposure to drugs.

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High, Persistent Rates of Risky Sexual Behaviors in Delinquent Youth (October 2010)

Reports study findings that show young people who have gotten into trouble with the criminal justice system report high rates of sexual behaviors that increase risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

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Dr. Kathleen T. Brady Recognized (October 2010)

Recognizes the 2010 Distinguished University Professor awardee, Dr. Kathleen T. Brady, who studies co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders and their treatment.

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