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NIDA Notes Articles: Prevention Research

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Neuroimaging Challenges Common Assumption of Public Service Messaging

October 2010
Describes a study of smokers' brain function while they watched antismoking PSAs and findings suggesting that calmer ads may be more effective.

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Helping Doctors Become First Responders to Substance Abuse

April 2010
Describes a toolkit that guides doctors in assessing a patient’s risk of developing an addiction problem, advising patients on the effects of substance abuse, and arranging for referrals.

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Vouchers Boost Smoking Abstinence During Pregnancy

April 2010
Describes a voucher-based reinforcement therapy trial with pregnant smokers to determine its effectiveness in enhancing abstinence rates.

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Behavior Game Played in Primary Grades Reduces Later Drug-Related Problems

April 2010
Presents research findings on a study to test the effectiveness of a classroom activity designed to instill appropriate behavior during children’s first 2 years of school.

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NIDA's 35th Anniversary: Science Focused on Solutions

December 2009
Commemorates NIDA’s 35th anniversary and highlights some of the major accomplishments since the Institute’s inception in 1974.

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Substance Abuse Among Troops, Veterans, and Their Families

November 2009
Highlights the need for research to assess and find solutions to a potential rise in substance abuse among service men and women, veterans, and their families.

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DESPR Identifies Drug Abuse Trends and Seeks Solutions

November 2009
Discusses the work of NIDA’s Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research, organized to track drug use and provide empirically based information for researchers and service providers.

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Intervention for Disruptive Children Shows Long-Term Benefits

October 2009
Reports on research providing evidence that teaching aggressive youngsters social coping skills reduces their chances of becoming substance abusers.

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Program Reduces Girls' Delinquent Behavior

October 2009
Reports on a study involving adolescent girls who were treated for delinquent behaviors in a well-supervised family setting, referred to as Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care.

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Stimulus Money Will Fund a Surge in Knowledge

April 2009
Describes NIDA’s drug abuse and addiction research priorities for the use of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds.

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