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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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Controlling College Students' ADHD Symptoms May Protect Them Against Substance Abuse (October 2007)

Reports data on the prevalence of substance use among college students with ADHD, comparing those who received ADHD treatment with those who did not.

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Endorphin Derivative Inhibits Reward From Morphine and Nicotine in Rats (October 2007)

Describes research investigating a naturally occurring brain chemical that shows early promise as a treatment for addiction in animal studies.

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NIDA's Newest Division Mines Clinical Applications From Basic Research (October 2007)

Describes the role of the Division of Clinical Neuroscience and Behavioral Research in NIDA’s drug abuse and addiction research plan.

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