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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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Research Addresses Needs of Criminal Justice Staff and Offenders (April 2009)

Highlights a project in which nine research centers collaborate with criminal justice partners to test science-based tools for integrating drug abuse treatment in prisons and probation and parole programs.

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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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