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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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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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Workgroup Directs Search for Genes That Influence Addiction (April 2010)

Highlights NIDA’s research portfolio to identify the genes and genetic processes responsible for a person’s vulnerability to drug abuse.

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Report Discusses Co-Occurrence of Drug Abuse and Other Mental Disorders (December 2009)

Describes an updated report on the co-occurrence, or comorbidity, of substance use disorders and other psychiatric disorders such as ADHD, schizophrenia, and depression.

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Teens With Unhealthy Weight-Control Behavior Are More Likely to Abuse Drugs (December 2009)

Highlights data on unhealthy eating behaviors, such as fasting or purging, and substance abuse problems among teens.

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Recovery May Be Harder for Adolescents, Animal Study Suggests (December 2009)

Reports animal study findings that suggest adolescents' heightened sensitivity to drug reward puts them at enhanced risk of addiction and may also increase their challenges in recovery.

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