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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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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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Standard Treatments Help Depressed Smokers Quit (April 2007)

Describes a study comparing Staged Care Intervention, a combination treatment for smoking cessation, among smokers in outpatient treatment for depression and a control group.

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Interim Methadone Raises Odds of Enrolling in Comprehensive Treatment (April 2007)

Reports on a study to investigate the use of methadone maintenance for heroin addicts wait-listed for a treatment program to encourage their likelihood to enroll in the program.

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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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