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Genetics of Addiction (Topics in Brief)

Revised April 2008.
Explores the research advances regarding genetics and addiction, discusses the potential role of the environment in the disease, and the promise of personalized medicine.

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Volume 21, Number 6 (NIDA Notes)

Published June 2008.
Reports research findings on a new therapy for substance abusers who also have a mental illness; prenatal smoking and behavioral problems in children; the impact of morphine on the immune system; animal studies on cocaine and toluene abuse, and more.

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Addiction Science: From Molecules to Managed Care

Published July 2008.
Explores the science behind such questions as what is addiction, why do people abuse drugs, and how does drug use change the brain, as well as research-based information about prevention, treatment, relapse, and HIV/AIDS.

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Tobacco and Nicotine Research (Topics in Brief)

Revised August 2008.
Provides an update on the scientific information on nicotine and tobacco, including basic research on their biological effects, the scope of use, prenatal exposure, and treatment.

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Volume 22, Number 1 (NIDA Notes)

Published September 2008.
Reports on innovations in drug abuse research including novel approaches to analgesia; the role of the immune system in brain development; genetics and drug addiction; new optic technologies for visualizing cells in the brain, and more.

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Health Disparities Strategic Plan (FY2009-2013)

Published October 2008.
Reports on NIDA's 5-year plan to address the drug abuse and addiction research needs of racial/ethnic minority and other health disparity groups.

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Volume 22, Number 2 (NIDA Notes)

Published December 2008.
Reports research findings on brain circuit activation during cigarette craving; brain activity among cocaine users; a potential new therapy for cocaine addiction; drug court monitoring among high-risk drug offenders; and more.

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Complete Set (Mind Over Matter)

Revised January 2009.
A complete set of all nine Mind Over Matter booklets—The Brain's Response to: Cocaine, Hallucinogens, Inhalants, Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Nicotine, Opiates, Prescription Drugs, and Steroids. En Español

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Anabolic Steroids (Mind Over Matter)

Published January 1997. Revised January 2009.
Shows young teens how anabolic steroids can cause liver damage and cancer and weaken the immune system. En Español

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Cocaine (Mind Over Matter)

Published January 1997. Revised January 2009.
Explores with young teens how cocaine changes the way nerve cells communicate in the brain and the negative effects the drug can have on the body. En Español

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