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Prevention Program Averts Initiation of Alcohol and Tobacco Use (March 2011)

Describes a community focused prevention program that aids towns in lowering rates of delinquency, initiation of alcohol and tobacco use, and binge drinking among middle school students.

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Physical Activity May Prevent Substance Abuse (March 2011)

Considers the potential role of physical activity on substance abuse prevention and describes some of the research that has been conducted on this emerging area of addiction science.

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Teenage Marijuana Use Is on the Rise (March 2011)

Reports 2010 rates of marijuana use among 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students, noting that daily use increased by more than 10 percent in all three grades since the 2009 survey. Also reports a rise in ecstasy use.

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HIV Treatment Interruption Is Pervasive After Release From Texas Prisons (March 2011)

Describes a study revealing that HIV-infected prisoners in Texas often experience an interruption in treatment following their release and that assistance in filling out paperwork can reduce these interruptions.

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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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