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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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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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Social Neuroscience Meeting Aims To Improve Prevention, Treatment (June 2008)

Presents highlights of a meeting of scientists and clinicians to review research results from the field of social neuroscience, the study of how neurobiology and the social environment interact.

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Methamphetamine Restricts Fetal Growth, Increases Lethargy in Newborns (June 2008)

Reports on research showing that newborns whose mothers abused methamphetamine during pregnancy showed lower rates of fetal growth as compared with unexposed newborns.

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Linking NIDA to Researchers on a Global Scale (June 2008)

Highlights the NIDA International Program which works to strengthen international research networks, creating opportunities for global research collaboration, training, and scientific exchange.

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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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