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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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Manic Mice Show Heightened Sensitivity to Rewards (October 2009)

Reports on an animal study suggesting that the manic stage of bipolar disorder promotes signs of drug abuse vulnerability by enhancing sensitivity to rewards, both natural and drug-related.

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Lower Rates of Cigarette and Marijuana Smoking Among Exercising Teens (October 2009)

Highlights prevalence rates of cigarette and marijuana smoking among teens who exercise regularly as compared with their less active peers.

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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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