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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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Test Substance Attenuates Signs of Cocaine Withdrawal in Rats (December 2009)

Reports on several drugs that may ward off depression and anxiety, common withdrawal symptoms from cocaine, based on an animal study.

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Recognition for NIDA Notes Science Writing (December 2009)

Announces NIDA Notes’ first place 2009 award that salutes superior communications efforts of government agencies.

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Anticipation of Methadone Enhances Brain Reactivity to Heroin Cues (December 2009)

Describes findings of a study revealing that images of heroin preparation and injection can incite craving and excite brain areas associated with reward-seeking even in methadone-maintained patients.

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Recovery Checkup System Helps Substance Abusers Who Have Mental Disorders (December 2009)

Reports on a posttreatment intervention to support recovery that may be especially beneficial for substance abusers with co-occurring mental disorders.

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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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