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Three Scientists Receive Grants for Innovative AIDS Research (October 2009)

Announces the recipients of the inaugural Avant-Garde Award for research to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS in drug abusers, Drs. Julio Montaner, Ileana Cristea, and Jerome Groopman.

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Suiting Treatment to the Nature of the Disease (October 2009)

Highlights NIDA-sponsored research underway to understand and respond to substance abusers’ needs at all points of care, from the initial presentation for treatment through recovery.

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Sensory Aspects of Smoking May Counter Bad Mood, Craving (October 2009)

Describes study findings revealing that the act of smoking, apart from actual or expected nicotine delivery, may soothe a smoker's negative mood.

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Program Reduces Girls' Delinquent Behavior (October 2009)

Reports on a study involving adolescent girls who were treated for delinquent behaviors in a well-supervised family setting, referred to as Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care.

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Conferees Discuss Ways to Eliminate Disparities in Care (October 2009)

Presents highlights of a meeting summit to discuss ways to eliminate disparities in care, particularly as they relate to drug abuse and HIV.

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Ethnic Groups Have Contrasting Genetic Risks for Nicotine Addiction (October 2009)

Describes research exploring differences and similarities in the genetic profiles of African-Americans and European-Americans who are heavy smokers.

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Methamphetamine Abuse Alters Response to Facial Cues (October 2009)

Highlights research showing methamphetamine abusers may have more difficulty than nonabusers in responding with empathy and self-control to people who are experiencing intense emotions.

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Receptor Complexes Link Dopamine to Long-Term Neuronal Effects (October 2009)

Reports on a discovery of previously unrecognized dopamine receptors in the brain that when triggered by drug abuse lead to potentially long-term neuronal effects.

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Combined Treatments Improve Dual Abstinence (October 2009)

Reports on a study investigating the effectiveness of a combined therapy of disulfiram and naltrexone for people who abuse cocaine and alcohol.

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Intervention for Disruptive Children Shows Long-Term Benefits (October 2009)

Reports on research providing evidence that teaching aggressive youngsters social coping skills reduces their chances of becoming substance abusers.

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