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Prevention Program Reduces Later Risky Sexual Behaviors (March 2011)

Reports on a school-based drug abuse prevention program showing that teens who participate in the program are less likely than their peers to engage in risky sexual behavior as young adults.

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Fewer Girls Are Smoking, But Change Is Uneven (March 2011)

Reports 2010 rates of cigarette smoking among eighth girls, providing historical data and racial and ethnic differences.

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Combination Therapy Most Effective for Helping Smokers Quit (March 2011)

Examines results from a randomized clinical trial which found that treatment with a nicotine patch and nicotine lozenge together produced the greatest benefits in helping people quit smoking and remain abstinent.

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Menthol May Strengthen Nicotine Addiction (March 2011)

Reports on a study of Latino and African-American smokers of menthol cigarettes who did not benefit as much from a month-long smoking cessation program as smokers of non-menthol cigarettes.

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Dr. Paul Kenny Receives the 2010 Waletzky Memorial Award (March 2011)

Announces the recipient of a 2010 award for innovation in research on drug addiction and alcoholism and describes his work on increasing our understanding of the molecular foundation of addiction.

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Cocaine Alters Production of Hundreds of Proteins (March 2011)

Describes research findings that show that chronic cocaine abuse may change the production of many proteins in the neurons of the brain’s reward system, aiding in our understanding how the drug causes addiction.

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Two NIDA Grantees Receive Sarnat Prize (March 2011)

Announces the recipients of the 2010 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health, Dr. Eric J. Nestler and Dr. Charles P. O'Brien, prominent addiction scientists.

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Brain Responds to Marijuana Cues in Familiar Manner (March 2011)

Researchers found that the brain activity that takes place when cues trigger marijuana cravings is similar to the activity that accompanies cravings for other drugs.

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Three Scientists Join Advisory Council (December 2010)

Announces three new NIDA National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse members and describes their drug abuse and addiction research experience.

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Intervention Improves Abstinence, Employment Among Welfare Recipients (December 2010)

Reports research to study the effectiveness of an intensive case management program to aid female substance abusers who receive welfare in staying off drugs and finding employment.

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