April 2009 Presents highlights of a symposium sponsored by NIDA in October 2008 to discuss adolescent brain and cognitive development and consider the impact of drug abuse on young people.
April 2009 Reports on a series of animal experiments indicating that nicotine exposure during prenatal fetal development damages a set of receptors in the brain's auditory processing center.
June 2008 Reports on evidence that toluene abuse can harm the nervous system and body, although scientists know relatively little about its specific actions.
June 2008 Reports on research showing that newborns whose mothers abused methamphetamine during pregnancy showed lower rates of fetal growth as compared with unexposed newborns.
June 2008 Describes research providing evidence that maternal smoking during pregnancy contributes to behavioral conduct disorders among toddlers, school-age children, and teens.
June 2008 Reports on scientists who pinpointed the biochemical trigger from morphine that sets off a chain reaction that inhibits an immune cell that is key in fighting viruses and cancer.
June 2008 Reviews the changing lifespan of heroin abusers as compared with that of the general U.S. population based on 1962-1997 data.
March 2008 Summarizes research on the effects of long-term regular cocaine abuse on the cardiovascular system in African Americans.
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.
October 2006 Summarizes research suggesting a physiological difference as the explanation for African-Americans' reported low tolerance for pain.