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Dr. Phil Skolnick Now Leads NIDA's Medications Development Efforts (April 2010)

Announces the appointment of Dr. Phil Skolnick as NIDA’s director of the Division of Pharmacotherapies and Medical Consequences of Drug Abuse.

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Reality Videos Bring NIDA Scientists to Web Site for Teens (April 2010)

Highlights new video clips on NIDA's Web site for teens that explore the dangers of drug abuse and that address questions from youth and their parents on the topic.

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Helping Doctors Become First Responders to Substance Abuse (April 2010)

Describes a toolkit that guides doctors in assessing a patient’s risk of developing an addiction problem, advising patients on the effects of substance abuse, and arranging for referrals.

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Peer Interaction Enhances Adolescent Rats' Drug Reward (April 2010)

Describes an animal study reporting that peer interaction enhances adolescent rats’ drug reward and discusses the impact of these findings to future research on drug reward in social context.

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How-To Guides Provide Tips for Publishing Addiction-Related Articles (April 2010)

Describes a book and online tutorial for young investigators of addiction science that provides tips for publishing their studies in scholarly journals.

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Vouchers Boost Smoking Abstinence During Pregnancy (April 2010)

Describes a voucher-based reinforcement therapy trial with pregnant smokers to determine its effectiveness in enhancing abstinence rates.

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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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