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HIV Patients Show Better Immune Recovery With Early Initiation of HAART

March 2008
Presents evidence that among men and women with HIV, those who received early initiation of HAART therapy, those with higher CD4+ levels, achieved better immune recovery.

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Social Neuroscience Meeting Aims To Improve Prevention, Treatment

June 2008
Presents highlights of a meeting of scientists and clinicians to review research results from the field of social neuroscience, the study of how neurobiology and the social environment interact.

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Morphine Speeds AIDS Onset in Monkeys

June 2008
Highlights the work of investigators who discovered key ways in which morphine may accelerate the progression of AIDS in animal studies.

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Linking NIDA to Researchers on a Global Scale

June 2008
Highlights the NIDA International Program which works to strengthen international research networks, creating opportunities for global research collaboration, training, and scientific exchange.

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New Therapy Reduces Drug Abuse Among Patients With Severe Mental Illness

June 2008
Describes a new intervention that enhances recovery prospects for substance abusers whose mental illness complicates the path toward recovery.

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Intervention Improves Employment Outlook For Methadone Patients

June 2008
Describes a study of unemployed methadone patients and the use of assertive outreach and motivational techniques to improve the patients’ employment outlook.

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Basic Science Discoveries Yield Novel Approaches to Analgesia

September 2008
Describes research to develop new compounds that match or exceed the pain relief provided by opioids while avoiding their shortcomings.

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Research Breakthroughs in Drug Abuse Have Wide Applications in Other Fields

September 2008
Offers an overview of some of the NIDA-supported innovative research achievements to reduce the health and social effects of drug abuse and addiction.

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Lofexidine May Enhance Naltrexone Efficacy

December 2008
Highlights results from a pilot study suggesting that lofexidine, an anti-hypertensive medication, can enhance success rates among patients taking maintenance naltrexone to avoid opioid relapse.

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Methadone Reduces Rats' Cocaine Seeking

December 2008
Reports on an animal study showing that methadone, normally used as a therapy for opioid abuse, may prove to be an effective treatment for cocaine abuse.

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