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Behavior Game Played in Primary Grades Reduces Later Drug-Related Problems (April 2010)

Presents research findings on a study to test the effectiveness of a classroom activity designed to instill appropriate behavior during children’s first 2 years of school.

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Some Teens Reporting Nonmedical Use of Prescriptions Develop Disorders (April 2010)

Reports teen drug abuse based on 2006-2007 data from a national survey on drug use and health and compares differences by gender.

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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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Study Gives Green Light to Antiretroviral Medications for HIV-Infected Injection Drug Users (December 2009)

Reports finding from a study showing that access to antiretroviral therapies, HAART in particular, can improve the health of HIV-infected patients who have a history of injection drug use.

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NIDA's 35th Anniversary: Science Focused on Solutions (December 2009)

Commemorates NIDA’s 35th anniversary and highlights some of the major accomplishments since the Institute’s inception in 1974.

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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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