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Addiction and Co-Occurring Mental Disorders

February 2007
Presents an overview of the research underway to investigate medication and behavioral therapies for co-occurring disorders.

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Studies Focus on Acculturation and Hispanic Youth

February 2007
Summarizes a study that analyzes factors associated with the risk of drug addiction among 19- to 21-year-old Hispanic women born in the United States as compared with immigrants.

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Behavioral Response to Novelty Foreshadows Neurological Response to Cocaine

February 2007
Describes evidence supporting the view that developmental differences in brain systems that use the neurotransmitter dopamine underlie age differences in susceptibility to drug abuse.

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Nicotine Alters the Developing Rat Brain

February 2007
Describes animal studies that suggested exposure to the drug during gestation or adolescence may cause lasting alterations in reward and motivation circuits.

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First-time Patients Opt for Office-Based Buprenorphine

October 2006
Presents highlights of a study suggesting that compared with methadone, office-based buprenorphine treatment attracts individuals who have less extensive addiction histories.

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Stress Response May Underlie African- Americans' Reduced Pain Tolerance

October 2006
Summarizes research suggesting a physiological difference as the explanation for African-Americans' reported low tolerance for pain.

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Walk the Line Is Among 10th Annual PRISM Awardees

October 2006
Announces the winners of the 10th Annual PRISM Awards, including Walk the Line, a film portraying the life of singer Johnny Cash and his battle with drug addiction.

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Steroid Abuse Is a High-Risk Route to the Finish Line

October 2006
Highlights research on the effects of steroid use on the brain and the rest of the body, and stresses the need to educate young people about the serious health risks associated with its use.

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Study Finds Withdrawal No Easier With Ultrarapid Opiate Detox

October 2006
Presents findings from a clinical trial comparing ultrarapid, anesthesia-assisted detoxification with detoxification by traditional methods among patients addicted to heroin.

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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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