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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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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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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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NIDA Will Contribute to Obesity Research (October 2007)

Describes an NIH-wide obesity task force and research plan and explores some of the links between addiction and compulsive eating.

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Journal Highlights Global Nexus of Drug Abuse and HIV/AIDS (October 2007)

Reviews a journal supplement that compiles studies on drug-related HIV transmission, with a focus on injection drug use, in 16 different localities across the globe.

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Neuropeptide Promotes Drug-Seeking and Craving in Rats (October 2007)

Reports on two studies indicating that orexin, a neuropeptide that stimulates eating and regulates wakefulness, also fosters animals' drug seeking and craving responses to drugs.

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