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Neuropeptide Promotes Behaviors Tied to Addiction and Overeating

July 2011
Reports on several studies implicating a certain neuropeptide (a signaling molecule) in fostering addition and overeating and discusses implications for addiction treatment.

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Narrative of Discovery: Can Magnets Treat Cocaine Addiction? Part 3

March 2017
In the final installment of this series, Dr. Diana Martinez navigates the process for receiving NIH funding to test the efficacy of using transcranial magnetic stimulation as treatment for cocaine addiction.

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Narrative of Discovery: Can Magnets Treat Cocaine Addiction? Part 2

July 2016
During investigations into using transcranial brain stimulation (TMS) to treat cocaine abuse, two projects take diverging paths. One researcher moves to the next stage, while another is forced to cut his trial short. 

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Narrative of Discovery: Can Magnets Treat Cocaine Addiction?

September 2015
Two researchers share their reasons for researching transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for treating cocaine addiction, and describe challenges to moving forward this potentially promising therapy.

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Modafinil Normalizes Sleep During Early Cocaine Abstinence

December 2010
Describes a study investigating the effectiveness of modafinil in enhancing sleep among cocaine abusers who are currently abstinent.

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Mice With Genetic Alteration Eschew Cocaine

June 2008
Reports on a study involving researchers who successfully desensitized mice to cocaine by genetically altering their dopamine transporters.

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Methylphenidate for Comorbid Cocaine Abuse, ADHD

October 2006
Describes an inpatient study investigating the effectiveness of sustained-release methylphenidate as a treatment for cocaine-addiction patients with ADHD.

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Methadone Therapy in Prison Benefits Men a Year Out

November 2009
Describes clinical trial results providing evidence that methadone maintenance to men in prison can pay off in better retention in community treatment and reduced drug abuse following their release.

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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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Medications That Normalize Brain Glutamate Reduce Drug-Seeking in Rats

October 2010
Reports on two studies that demonstrate the promise of treating addiction with medications that alleviate drug-induced alterations in signaling by the neurotransmitter glutamate.

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