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Universities Offer Online Master's Program in Addiction Studies (April 2009)

Describes a consortium of three universities that launched a 12-month intensive online program last August that leads to a master's degree in addiction studies.

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New Tracer for Nicotinic Receptors Promises Improved Specificity (April 2009)

Reports on NIDA researchers who developed a new tracer compound that binds readily to nicotine receptors and enhances positron emission tomography images.

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Stimulus Money Will Fund a Surge in Knowledge (April 2009)

Describes NIDA’s drug abuse and addiction research priorities for the use of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds.

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Legal Pressure Increases Treatment Retention (April 2009)

Presents data on the length of stay in substance abuse treatment among people who were in treatment as a result of legal pressure as compared with those in treatment voluntarily.

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NIDA Initiates Pediatrics Symposium on Adolescent Health (April 2009)

Presents highlights of a symposium sponsored by NIDA in October 2008 to discuss adolescent brain and cognitive development and consider the impact of drug abuse on young people.

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Adolescent Rats Self-Administer More Nicotine Than Adults (April 2009)

Highlights an animal study involving the self-administration of nicotine among adolescent and adult rats to gain understanding of their potential vulnerability to the substance.

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Low Dopamine Receptor Availability May Promote Cocaine Addiction (April 2009)

Describes findings from an animal study showing that cocaine lowers availability of dopamine receptors in the basal ganglia, an area of the brain that includes portions of the reward system.

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Prenatal Nicotine Exposure May Damage Receptors That Influence Auditory Processing (April 2009)

Reports on a series of animal experiments indicating that nicotine exposure during prenatal fetal development damages a set of receptors in the brain's auditory processing center.

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Cocaine Locks Rats Into Unrewarding Behaviors (April 2009)

Describes research with rats to better understand cocaine’s effect on the neural signaling in the learning circuits of the brain.

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High School Seniors Report Alcohol- or Drug-Impaired Driving Experiences (April 2009)

Examines the incidence of high school seniors’ alcohol- or drug-related driving experiences based on 2001 through 2006 data.

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