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New Advisory Council Members (November 2009)

Announces the addition of three new members to NIDA’s National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse.

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Methadone Therapy in Prison Benefits Men a Year Out (November 2009)

Describes clinical trial results providing evidence that methadone maintenance to men in prison can pay off in better retention in community treatment and reduced drug abuse following their release.

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Extended Cocaine Exposure Impairs Cognitive Function in Rats (November 2009)

Reports an animal study presenting evidence that cocaine causes cognitive deficits that can persist well into abstinence.

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Antibody Fragment Removes Methamphetamine From the Brain (November 2009)

Reports animal study findings on development of an antibody fragment that rapidly removes methamphetamine from the brain and discusses implications for treatment of overdose.

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Nicotine Boosts Mood, Brain Dopamine Levels (November 2009)

Highlights findings from a study showing that nicotine triggers a surge in levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain's main reward area for cigarette smokers.

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NIDA Awards Prizes at International Science Fair (November 2009)

Announces the 2009 high school student recipients of the Addiction Science Awards and describes their winning addiction-focused projects.

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Smokers Who Quit May Have Genetic Advantage (November 2009)

Describes research providing evidence that genes may influence how successful a person is in quitting smoking and which cessation technique may work best for them.

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Naltrexone via Skin Patch Proves Effectiveness of New Technology (November 2009)

Reports on a new device that creates tiny painless punctures in the skin to allow medication to flow evenly from a skin patch into dermal capillaries and the bloodstream.

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R. Christopher Pierce Receives the Waletzky Memorial Award (November 2009)

Announces the recipient of a 2009 award for innovation in research on drug addiction and alcoholism whose research focuses on the cellular changes that occur in response to chronic cocaine abuse.

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Methamphetamine Turns Helper Cells Into Destroyers (November 2009)

Describes research providing evidence that chronic methamphetamine abuse is associated with increased microglial cell activity in the brain leading to neurodegeneration.

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