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NIDA Notes keeps you up to date on research advances in the causes, consequences, prevention, and treatment of drug abuse and addiction and HIV/AIDS.

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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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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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Reduced Longevity Among Male Heroin Abusers, 1962-1997 (June 2008)

Reviews the changing lifespan of heroin abusers as compared with that of the general U.S. population based on 1962-1997 data.

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NIDA Renames Addiction Journal (June 2008)

Alerts readers to the new renamed journal, Addiction Science and Clinical Practice, formerly titled Science and Practice Perspectives.

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Booklet Explains the Science of Addiction (June 2008)

Describes a booklet that explains what scientists know about how drug addiction changes the brain and affects behavior and clears up misconceptions about drug addiction.

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Mice With Genetic Alteration Eschew Cocaine (June 2008)

Reports on a study involving researchers who successfully desensitized mice to cocaine by genetically altering their dopamine transporters.

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Intervention Improves Employment Outlook For Methadone Patients (June 2008)

Describes a study of unemployed methadone patients and the use of assertive outreach and motivational techniques to improve the patients’ employment outlook.

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Behavioral Problems Related to Maternal Smoking During Pregnancy Manifest Early in Childhood (June 2008)

Describes research providing evidence that maternal smoking during pregnancy contributes to behavioral conduct disorders among toddlers, school-age children, and teens.

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