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Intervention Improves Abstinence, Employment Among Welfare Recipients (December 2010)

Reports research to study the effectiveness of an intensive case management program to aid female substance abusers who receive welfare in staying off drugs and finding employment.

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Cocaine Vaccine Helps Some Reduce Drug Abuse (December 2010)

Reports on the results of a clinical trial that tested the effectiveness of a cocaine vaccine designed as a therapy for cocaine abuse and plans underway for a new study of 300 patients to confirm these results.

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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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Incentives Promote Abstinence (December 2010)

Explores research findings on the value of motivational incentives to promote and reinforce abstinence from substances of abuse and encourage healthy behaviors.

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Adolescent Cigarette Smoking Holds at Lowest Recorded Levels (October 2010)

Discusses 2009 prevalence rates of cigarette, alcohol, prescription drug, and illicit drug use among adolescents and discusses trends in use over time.

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Medications That Normalize Brain Glutamate Reduce Drug-Seeking in Rats (October 2010)

Reports on two studies that demonstrate the promise of treating addiction with medications that alleviate drug-induced alterations in signaling by the neurotransmitter glutamate.

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NIDA Curriculum Piques Students' Interest in Addiction Careers (October 2010)

Describes an eight-module web-based curricula that introduces addition research to graduate students of nursing, dentistry, and medicine.

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Brain Opioid Receptor Levels Predict Time to Cocaine Relapse (October 2010)

Describes study findings revealing that cocaine abusers who maintain high levels of a certain receptor in their brain during early abstinence relapse sooner than abusers whose levels drop.

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Brain Adaptation May Dampen Effects of Cocaine (October 2010)

Reports evidence that a cocaine-induced change in the structure of brain cells represents an adaptive response that may limit the drug’s impact.

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