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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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Combination Treatment Extends Marijuana Abstinence (March 2008)

Describes research investigating the use of a treatment that combines vouchers and cognitive behavioral therapy as compared with the use of either treatment alone for marijuana abuse.

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Long-Term Cocaine Abuse Linked With Impaired Heart Function (March 2008)

Summarizes research on the effects of long-term regular cocaine abuse on the cardiovascular system in African Americans.

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Scientific Society Honors Dr. Kenner Rice's Research (March 2008)

Announces the 2007 Smissman Award from the American Chemical Society to Dr. Kenner Rice, NIDA, for significant contributions to fundamental knowledge in medicinal chemistry.

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Sertraline Does Not Help Methamphetamine Abusers Quit (March 2008)

Describes a new research finding indicating that the antidepressant sertraline (Zoloft), prescribed to relieve depression during the methamphetamine withdrawal process, may make quitting harder.

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Epigenetics: The Promise of a New Science (March 2008)

Discusses the role of epigenetics, the study of cellular mechanisms that control gene expression and its impacts on health and behavior, in addiction research.

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Bupropion Reduces Meth's Subjective Effects and Cue-Induced Craving (March 2008)

Describes a study investigating the use of the antidepressant bupropion as a potential therapy for methamphetamine addiction.

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Chromosome 17 Harbors Opioid Dependence Genes (March 2008)

Describes the work of researchers who have found a statistical link between one region on chromosome 17 and an increased risk of opioid dependence.

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Teen Substance Abuse Continues to Decline (March 2008)

Reports on the prevalence of substance abuse among youth based on 2007 data from a national survey of behaviors, attitudes, and values.

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Not All Mesolimbic Dopamine Neurons Are Alike (March 2008)

Reports on research showing that the neurons that deliver dopamine to two regions of the brain's mesolimbic reward system respond differently to opioids, an important finding for drug treatment research.

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