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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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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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