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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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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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Morphine-Induced Immunosuppression, From Brain to Spleen (June 2008)

Reports on scientists who pinpointed the biochemical trigger from morphine that sets off a chain reaction that inhibits an immune cell that is key in fighting viruses and cancer.

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Animal Studies Elaborate Toluene's Effects (June 2008)

Reports on evidence that toluene abuse can harm the nervous system and body, although scientists know relatively little about its specific actions.

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Morphine Speeds AIDS Onset in Monkeys (June 2008)

Highlights the work of investigators who discovered key ways in which morphine may accelerate the progression of AIDS in animal studies.

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Neuroscience Blueprint Promotes Efficiency, Synergy (June 2008)

Describes a knowledge- and resource-sharing system for NIH-funded neuroscientists to access to data, advanced research tools, and technical assistance.

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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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