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NIDA Notes keeps you up to date on research advances in the causes, consequences, prevention, and treatment of drug abuse and addiction and HIV/AIDS.

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Methamphetamine Abusers Show Increased Distractibility (April 2009)

Highlights findings from a study of former methamphetamine abusers showing evidence of impairment in areas of the brain known to influence cognition, emotion, and decision making.

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NIDA's National Advisory Council Welcomes New Members (April 2009)

Introduces five new members to the NIDA National Advisory Council meeting, including Drs. Xavier Castellanos, Steven Childers, Thomas Crowley, Anita Everett, and Hazel Szeto.

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Court Mandates Help Men With Antisocial Personality Disorders Stay in Treatment (April 2009)

Reports on a study of men with co-occurring substance abuse and antisocial personality disorders and the potential benefit of judicially mandated addiction treatment.

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Damage to Brain Area May Immediately Halt Cigarette Addiction (April 2009)

Describes a study among people who had sustained brain injuries to investigate whether certain damaged areas of the brain are associated with the ability to quit smoking.

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Lofexidine May Enhance Naltrexone Efficacy (December 2008)

Highlights results from a pilot study suggesting that lofexidine, an anti-hypertensive medication, can enhance success rates among patients taking maintenance naltrexone to avoid opioid relapse.

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Imaging Studies Elucidate Neurobiology of Cigarette Craving (December 2008)

Reports on three separate imaging studies illuminating the neurobiology of cigarette craving.

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Selenium Shows Promise as an Adjunct Therapy for HIV (December 2008)

Reports on a randomized controlled trial of HIV-infected men and women who, as a result of receiving selenium supplements, experienced lower HIV viral load and greater CD4 cell count.

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NIDA Centers Raise Physicians' Awareness of Drug Abuse Issues (December 2008)

Highlights four Centers of Excellence for Physician Information designed to increase physicians' awareness of research on the medical consequences of drug abuse and addiction and incorporate research findings into clinical practice.

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Fewer Young Adults Abuse Cocaine and Methamphetamine, National Survey Finds (December 2008)

Reports prevalence rates of illicit drug abuse among youths and young adults based on 2007 data from a national survey of drug use and health.

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Long-Term Cocaine Self-Administration Depresses Brain Activity (December 2008)

Discusses research exploring how widespread the reduction of neural activity is in the brain with chronic exposure to cocaine.

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