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NIDA Notes Articles: Addiction Science

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Animal Studies Elaborate Toluene's Effects

June 2008
Reports on evidence that toluene abuse can harm the nervous system and body, although scientists know relatively little about its specific actions.

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Neuroscience Blueprint Promotes Efficiency, Synergy

June 2008
Describes a knowledge- and resource-sharing system for NIH-funded neuroscientists to access to data, advanced research tools, and technical assistance.

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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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New Technique Links 89 Genes to Drug Dependence

September 2008
Presents research findings linking 89 genes to drug abuse and dependence, found using genome-wide association studies, a new technique for identifying genes.

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NIDA Bestows Prizes at International Science Fair

September 2008
Announces the three winners of the NIDA and Scholastic Corporation 2008 Addiction Science Awards honoring high school students’ award-winning addiction-related projects.

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Immune System Plays Unexpected Role in Brain Development

September 2008
Describes research findings demonstrating that the immune system participates in the shaping of brain circuits during a child's development, a finding that may shed light on the origins of neurodegenerative diseases.

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Optical Technologies Expand Vistas Into the Brain

September 2008
Describes new tools under development, including one to visualize cells deep in the brain and another one that remotely activates brain cells.

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Imaging Studies Elucidate Neurobiology of Cigarette Craving

December 2008
Reports on three separate imaging studies illuminating the neurobiology of cigarette craving.

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Long-Term Cocaine Self-Administration Depresses Brain Activity

December 2008
Discusses research exploring how widespread the reduction of neural activity is in the brain with chronic exposure to cocaine.

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Brain Proteins Differ in Cocaine-Overdose Victims

December 2008
Describes research findings showing differences in protein concentrations in the brain pleasure centers of people who died from cocaine overdose as compared with those who did not abuse the drug.

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