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HIV Treatment Interruption Is Pervasive After Release From Texas Prisons (March 2011)

Describes a study revealing that HIV-infected prisoners in Texas often experience an interruption in treatment following their release and that assistance in filling out paperwork can reduce these interruptions.

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Prevention Program Reduces Later Risky Sexual Behaviors (March 2011)

Reports on a school-based drug abuse prevention program showing that teens who participate in the program are less likely than their peers to engage in risky sexual behavior as young adults.

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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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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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Multidimensional Family Therapy for Adolescent Drug Abuse Offers Broad, Lasting Benefits (December 2010)

Describes findings from two randomized clinical trials showing that treatment with multidimensional family therapy resulted in fewer drug-related problems than treatment with cognitive behavior therapy.


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