June 2008 Reports on evidence that toluene abuse can harm the nervous system and body, although scientists know relatively little about its specific actions.
December 2008 Highlights a computerized intervention that reduced new mothers' drug abuse in the first 4 months postpartum as reported in a clinical trial of 107 women who abused drugs.
April 2009 Highlights findings from a study of former methamphetamine abusers showing evidence of impairment in areas of the brain known to influence cognition, emotion, and decision making.
October 2009 Reports on an animal study suggesting that the manic stage of bipolar disorder promotes signs of drug abuse vulnerability by enhancing sensitivity to rewards, both natural and drug-related.
October 2009 Highlights research showing methamphetamine abusers may have more difficulty than nonabusers in responding with empathy and self-control to people who are experiencing intense emotions.
November 2009 Reports animal study findings on development of an antibody fragment that rapidly removes methamphetamine from the brain and discusses implications for treatment of overdose.
November 2009 Describes research providing evidence that chronic methamphetamine abuse is associated with increased microglial cell activity in the brain leading to neurodegeneration.
July 2011 Reports on a new medication strategy under investigated in animal studies that shows promise for preventing relapse to drug abuse.
July 2011 Describes research that sheds light on the correlation between increased dental disease and methamphetamine abuse.
December 2011 New results extend previous findings that some methamphetamine-induced neuronal damage resolves after a year of abstinence.