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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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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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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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Vaccine May Reduce Fetal Exposure to Nicotine (April 2007)

Describes research on a vaccine developed to facilitate smoking cessation by blocking nicotine penetration into the brain.

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Naltrexone-Nicotine Patch Combination Shows Promise (April 2007)

Reports findings from a clinical trial investigating the effectiveness of naltrexone as a supplement to nicotine replacement therapy for smoking cessation.

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Meeting Reviews Progress On Prescription Opioid Misuse (April 2007)

Describes a meeting of researchers and clinicians who gathered to discuss the challenges in balancing appropriate pain treatment with efforts to minimize prescription opioid misuse.

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