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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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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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