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Henry Yamamura Obituary (December 2008)

Remembers Henry I. "Hank" Yamamura, an eminent neuropharmacologist who pioneered radioligand binding assays, contributing valuable knowledge about neurotransmitter transporters and receptors.

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Methadone Reduces Rats' Cocaine Seeking (December 2008)

Reports on an animal study showing that methadone, normally used as a therapy for opioid abuse, may prove to be an effective treatment for cocaine abuse.

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Reducing Postpartum Drug Use (December 2008)

Highlights a computerized intervention that reduced new mothers' drug abuse in the first 4 months postpartum as reported in a clinical trial of 107 women who abused drugs.

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Basic Science Discoveries Yield Novel Approaches to Analgesia (September 2008)

Describes research to develop new compounds that match or exceed the pain relief provided by opioids while avoiding their shortcomings.

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Optical Technologies Expand Vistas Into the Brain (September 2008)

Describes new tools under development, including one to visualize cells deep in the brain and another one that remotely activates brain cells.

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NIDA Bestows Prizes at International Science Fair (September 2008)

Announces the three winners of the NIDA and Scholastic Corporation 2008 Addiction Science Awards honoring high school students’ award-winning addiction-related projects.

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New Technique Links 89 Genes to Drug Dependence (September 2008)

Presents research findings linking 89 genes to drug abuse and dependence, found using genome-wide association studies, a new technique for identifying genes.

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Research Breakthroughs in Drug Abuse Have Wide Applications in Other Fields (September 2008)

Offers an overview of some of the NIDA-supported innovative research achievements to reduce the health and social effects of drug abuse and addiction.

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Immune System Plays Unexpected Role in Brain Development (September 2008)

Describes research findings demonstrating that the immune system participates in the shaping of brain circuits during a child's development, a finding that may shed light on the origins of neurodegenerative diseases.

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New Therapy Reduces Drug Abuse Among Patients With Severe Mental Illness (June 2008)

Describes a new intervention that enhances recovery prospects for substance abusers whose mental illness complicates the path toward recovery.

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