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Workgroup Directs Search for Genes That Influence Addiction (April 2010)

Highlights NIDA’s research portfolio to identify the genes and genetic processes responsible for a person’s vulnerability to drug abuse.

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Stroop Test Identifies Patients at Risk for Treatment Dropout (April 2010)

Reports on a study of cocaine abusers revealing that the Stroop test may predict which cocaine abusers are likely to drop out of therapy.

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James A. Inciardi (1939-2009) (April 2010)

Remembers Dr. James A. Inciardi, founder and co-director of the Center for Drug and Alcohol Studies and professor at the University of Delaware, who died on November 23, 2009.

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Young Opioid Abusers Benefit From Extended Buprenorphine-Naloxone Treatment (April 2010)

Reports on a study investigating the benefits of extended opioid maintenance therapy that included drug counseling and 12 weeks of therapy with buprenorphine and naloxone.

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Injection Drug Users Acquire Hepatitis C Infection Later in Developed Countries (April 2010)

Reports trends in onset of injection drug use to infection with hepatitis C virus in developed countries and notes the influence of prevention efforts.

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Attention to Bipolar Disorder Strengthens Substance Abuse Treatment (April 2010)

Describes a study of participants who had both substance abuse and bipolar disorder to investigate the potential benefits of integrated group therapy for this population.

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Genetic Overlap Between Substance Abuse and Bipolar Disorder (April 2010)

Describes a literature analysis reporting on the prevalence of people with bipolar disorder who also have a substance use disorder and discusses the genetic link that may contribute to this comorbidity.

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Rare Glutamate Receptor Proliferates After Cocaine Withdrawal (December 2009)

Reports findings that a rare neuroreceptor may be linked to the intensive cravings cocaine abusers experience during their first weeks of abstinence.

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Test Substance Attenuates Signs of Cocaine Withdrawal in Rats (December 2009)

Reports on several drugs that may ward off depression and anxiety, common withdrawal symptoms from cocaine, based on an animal study.

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Recognition for NIDA Notes Science Writing (December 2009)

Announces NIDA Notes’ first place 2009 award that salutes superior communications efforts of government agencies.

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