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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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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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HIV Patients Show Better Immune Recovery With Early Initiation of HAART (March 2008)

Presents evidence that among men and women with HIV, those who received early initiation of HAART therapy, those with higher CD4+ levels, achieved better immune recovery.

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Researchers Report on Progress of NIDA's Southern Africa Initiative (March 2008)

Presents an update on NIDA’s Southern African Initiative, a program that aims to build research capacity and infrastructure in the area of addiction, particularly drug-related HIV transmission.

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Researchers Develop a New Tracer for Cannabinoid Receptor (March 2008)

Describes a new chemical tracer that binds specifically to cannabinoid receptors making it potentially useful in future research to clarify the relationship between the receptors and drug abuse.

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Among Young Attendees at STD Clinics, Substance Abusers Report More Risky Sexual Behavior (October 2007)

Highlights data on the risky sexual behaviors of patients at a sexually transmitted disease clinic who had a substance abuse disorder as compared to those without a substance abuse disorder.

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Adolescent Inhalant Use Is Stable Overall, but Rising Among Girls (October 2007)

Reports patterns and trends in inhalant use among adolescents based on an analysis of data from a 2002-2005 national survey on drug use and health.

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Study Links Anabolic Steroids to Brain Changes in Adolescent Female Mice (October 2007)

Reports on an animal study finding that links anabolic steroids to brain changes in adolescent female mice, changes that can potentially lead to steroid abuse.

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Impacts of Drugs on Neurotransmission (October 2007)

Discusses the central importance of studying drugs' effects on neurotransmission and describes some of the most common experimental methods used in this research.

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Tracing NET (October 2007)

Describes research that has led to the development of a new tool, a new radiotracer, for studying the neurobiology of depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and stimulant abuse.

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