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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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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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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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Cocaine Can Mobilize Stored Dopamine (March 2008)

Describes a study showing that cocaine, which increases dopamine levels, also can tap into an intracellular dopamine reserve pool.

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Chronic Cocaine Abusers Have Occult Insomnia in Early Abstinence (March 2008)

Reports on research of chronic cocaine abusers who may feel they are sleeping better during early abstinence revealed that the opposite may be true.

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