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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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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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