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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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Computer-Based Interventions Promote Drug Abstinence (November 2009)

Discusses the work of researchers who have begun to harness the potential of computers to reinforce and expand upon the well-established benefits of recovery therapy delivered by a counselor.

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United States Ranks First in Lifetime Use of Three Drugs (November 2009)

Highlights the disproportionately high rate of Americans who have used cocaine at some time during their lives as compared with other nations surveyed.

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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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Smoking and Drinking Continue to Decline, But Marijuana Stalls in Latest MTF Survey (October 2009)

Highlights trends from a 2008 survey of teenage substance abuse, cigarette smoking and alcohol use and discusses the implications of these changing data.

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NIDA Reprises Online Chat Day (October 2009)

Highlights NIDA’s second annual Chat Day where NIDA scientists and staff responded to drug abuse and addiction questions from teachers and students.

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Abstinent Smokers' Nicotinic Receptors Take More Than a Month to Normalize (October 2009)

Describes research revealing that for up to 6 weeks after smokers quit, their brain cells have more nicotine-binding receptors than nonsmokers, which may explain the struggle to quit.

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Drug Cues Outside Awareness Rapidly Trigger Brain's Emotion Centers (October 2009)

Describes research showing that cocaine abusers appear to have a rapid neural response to reward cues outside of their awareness, possibly signifying vulnerability to relapse.


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