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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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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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