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Dr. Joni Rutter Q&A: How Basic Science Is Tackling Addiction

May 2014
One of NIDA’s goals is to try to understand the individual differences that contribute to whether or not someone who takes a drug will become addicted to it. Dr. Rutter’s research focuses on three types of differences: Environmental, developmental, and genetic and epigenetic.

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A Genetic Nexus of Obesity and Smoking

October 2014
Research shows that some gene variants that influence body mass index also shape smoking behaviors.

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Smoking Cessation Does Not Interfere With Recovery From Substance Use

October 2014
Despite common concerns that encouraging patients to quit smoking might endanger their success in treatment of substance use and mood or anxiety disorders, smoking cessation appears unlikely to hinder and may even help recovery.

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Varenicline Helps People With Mental Illness Maintain Abstinence From Smoking

November 2014
The finding from an 18-month-long clinical trial strengthens hope that pharmacotherapy can break nicotine’s especially tenacious hold on people with serious mental illness such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.

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