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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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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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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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