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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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Scientists Pinpoint Brain's Sweet Tooth (April 2007)

Reports on research that successfully traced rats’ liking for sweets to a 1-cubic millimeter site in the medial shell of the nucleus accumbens in the brain.

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NIDA Investigator Receives 2006 Waletzky Memorial Award (April 2007)

Announces the recipient of a 2006 award for innovation in research on drug addiction and alcoholism, Dr. Yavin Shaham, and describes his research which focused on the stress-induced drug use relapse.

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Brain Changes Accompany Cocaine Withdrawal (February 2007)

Summarizes an animal study of the neural changes in the amygdala portion of the brain that occur as a result of cocaine exposure followed by withdrawal of the drug.

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Cocaine Craving Activates Brain Reward Structures; Cocaine "High" Dampens Them (February 2007)

Reports on a study that documenting changing emotional and neurobiological responses to cocaine with successive doses during a single session of drug taking.

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GHB Intoxication Reports Decline in California (February 2007)

Highlights statistics on the number of reports of gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) use intoxication in California from 1999 to 2003.

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Journal Highlights Opportunities in Hispanic Drug Abuse Research (February 2007)

Reviews a journal supplement that compiles information on drug abuse research in the Hispanic population.

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Report Calls for Sweeping Changes in Health Care for Mental and Substance Abuse Problems (February 2007)

Reviews a report from the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine that discusses ways to improve the quality of health care among people with mental health and substance abuse disorders.

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Addiction and Co-Occurring Mental Disorders (February 2007)

Presents an overview of the research underway to investigate medication and behavioral therapies for co-occurring disorders.

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Studies Focus on Acculturation and Hispanic Youth (February 2007)

Summarizes a study that analyzes factors associated with the risk of drug addiction among 19- to 21-year-old Hispanic women born in the United States as compared with immigrants.

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Behavioral Response to Novelty Foreshadows Neurological Response to Cocaine (February 2007)

Describes evidence supporting the view that developmental differences in brain systems that use the neurotransmitter dopamine underlie age differences in susceptibility to drug abuse.

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