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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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Studies Link Family of Genes to Nicotine Addiction (December 2009)

Reports study results suggesting that genes for several acetylcholine receptor proteins influence early smoking responses and the likelihood of nicotine dependence.

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Rats Reared Alone Show ADHD Signs (December 2009)

Describes an animal study showing that rats raised in isolation may prove useful in future studies exploring the neurobiology that links impulsivity and vulnerability to addiction.

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Program Aims to Expand Physician Training to Treat Drug Addiction (December 2009)

Describes the American Board of Addiction Medicine’s new program offering certification to physicians in addiction medicine.

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Report Discusses Co-Occurrence of Drug Abuse and Other Mental Disorders (December 2009)

Describes an updated report on the co-occurrence, or comorbidity, of substance use disorders and other psychiatric disorders such as ADHD, schizophrenia, and depression.

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Teens With Unhealthy Weight-Control Behavior Are More Likely to Abuse Drugs (December 2009)

Highlights data on unhealthy eating behaviors, such as fasting or purging, and substance abuse problems among teens.

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Recovery May Be Harder for Adolescents, Animal Study Suggests (December 2009)

Reports animal study findings that suggest adolescents' heightened sensitivity to drug reward puts them at enhanced risk of addiction and may also increase their challenges in recovery.

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Substance Abuse and Sexual Risk Show Town-Gown Divide (December 2009)

Compares data on substance abuse and sexual risk among college students and their peers who do not attend college.

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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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