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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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NIDA Centers Raise Physicians' Awareness of Drug Abuse Issues

December 2008
Highlights four Centers of Excellence for Physician Information designed to increase physicians' awareness of research on the medical consequences of drug abuse and addiction and incorporate research findings into clinical practice.

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Nicotine Dependence is Linked With Mental Disorders in Pregnant Women

December 2008
Reports on a link between mental disorders, including mood, anxiety, or personality disorder and nicotine dependence in pregnancy women.

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Fewer Young Adults Abuse Cocaine and Methamphetamine, National Survey Finds

December 2008
Reports prevalence rates of illicit drug abuse among youths and young adults based on 2007 data from a national survey of drug use and health.

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New Vaccines Are Being Developed Against Addiction and Relapse

December 2008
Highlights NIDA-funded research to develop vaccines against addiction to drugs such as cocaine, nicotine, phencyclidine (PCP), and methamphetamine.

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Selenium Shows Promise as an Adjunct Therapy for HIV

December 2008
Reports on a randomized controlled trial of HIV-infected men and women who, as a result of receiving selenium supplements, experienced lower HIV viral load and greater CD4 cell count.

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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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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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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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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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