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Injection Drug Users Acquire Hepatitis C Infection Later in Developed Countries (April 2010)

Reports trends in onset of injection drug use to infection with hepatitis C virus in developed countries and notes the influence of prevention efforts.

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Attention to Bipolar Disorder Strengthens Substance Abuse Treatment (April 2010)

Describes a study of participants who had both substance abuse and bipolar disorder to investigate the potential benefits of integrated group therapy for this population.

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Genetic Overlap Between Substance Abuse and Bipolar Disorder (April 2010)

Describes a literature analysis reporting on the prevalence of people with bipolar disorder who also have a substance use disorder and discusses the genetic link that may contribute to this comorbidity.

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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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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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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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