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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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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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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.

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 5 (NIDA Notes)

Published March 2008.
Reports research findings on combination treatments for marijuana abuse; the link between alcohol abuse and prescription drug abuse; genetic findings in opioid dependence; insomnia among cocaine abusers; and more.

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Volume 21, Number 4 (NIDA Notes)

Published October 2007.
Reports research findings on neuropeptides as catalysts for drug seeking; a potential therapeutic in opiate and nicotine addiction; gene regulation in chronic cocaine abuse; brain changes resulting from anabolic steroid use among adolescent females, and more.

Comorbid Drug Abuse and Mental Illness (Topics in Brief)

Revised October 2007.
Provides a research update on comorbid drug abuse and mental illness, exploring why they commonly occur, how common they are, and how they can be diagnosed and treated.

NIDA's Blending Initiative: Accelerating Research-Based Treatments into Practice (Topics in Brief)

Revised October 2007.
Describes an initiative to bridge the gap between drug abuse and addiction research and practice that includes a clinical trials network, conferences, blending teams, and partnerships.

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Community Monitoring Systems: Tracking and Improving the Well-Being of America's Children and Adolescents

Published September 2007.
Describes community systems that monitor the well-being of children and adolescents and lists recommendations that define the next steps for creating and mentoring effective community monitoring systems.

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Grades 6-9 (Brain Power)

Published June 2007.
Offers an interactive science education program for students in grades 6–9 about the brain and the effects of drugs on the body. Includes six modules, a teacher’s guide, a parent newsletter, and a CD-Rom.

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