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2011-05-23 06:30:00

NES-ZIONA, Israel, May 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- PROLOR Biotech, Inc. (NYSE Amex: PBTH), a clinical stage company developing next generation biobetter therapeutic proteins, today announced that its proprietary CTP and Reversible PEGylation platforms for extending the longevity of most proteins, peptides and small molecules will be highlighted today in a presentation at the joint meeting of the Summer Neuropeptide Conference and The European Neuropeptide Club (ENC). The joint conference,...

2011-04-15 08:13:50

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- According to a team of experts, pregnant women who lead a physically and psychologically stressful life may inadvertently affect not only the mental well-being of their unborn child but may also have a child who has a higher risk of obesity. Their offspring may in turn "transmit" that increased risk to the next generation. The researchers, who conducted their studies in animals, believe that the mother's stress causes changes in the way neuropeptide Y (a brain...

2011-03-31 22:45:25

Biologists at UC San Diego have identified the molecular mechanisms triggered by starvation in fruit flies that enhance the nervous system's response to smell, allowing these insects and presumably vertebrates"”including humans"”to become more efficient and voracious foragers when hungry. Their discovery of the neural changes that control odor-driven food searches in flies, which they detail in a paper in the April 1 issue of the journal Cell, could provide a new way to...

2010-12-14 23:48:02

Discovery of neuropeptide S role could aid treatment of cognitive disorders UC Irvine researchers have identified a novel mechanism in the brain that boosts memory. In collaboration with scientists at Germany's University of Munster, the UCI team found that a small protein called neuropeptide S can strengthen and prolong memories of everything from negative events to simple objects. According to study leader Rainer Reinscheid, UCI associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, the discovery...

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2010-10-13 11:11:56

A study of peptide hormones in the brain of a seemingly primitive flatworm reveals the surprising complexity of its nervous system and opens up a new approach for combating a major parasitic disease, researchers report. The study appears in the open-access journal PLoS Biology. The planarian flatworm, Schmidtea mediterranea, is perhaps best known for its prodigious powers of regeneration. Cut it in half (lengthwise or crosswise) and each fragment will regrow its missing parts, including its...

2010-05-18 08:33:06

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are tapping into the biochemistry of one of the world's most damaging insect pests to develop a biocontrol agent that may keep the pest away from gardens and farms. Aphids spread diseases that cost gardeners and farmers hundreds of millions of dollars each year. Some of the insecticides available are not environmentally friendly, and because aphids are developing insecticide resistance, some growers are being forced to use more of the chemicals....

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2010-04-19 08:42:12

Did you ever wonder how you are able to perform complex tasks - even under stress? And how do emotions and memories mould your ability to live your everyday lives? The answer is just beginning to be understood and lies in hidden circuits in the brain. Pioneering work by Roger Pocock, a newly arrived Group Leader at the research center BRIC, University of Copenhagen, reveals the remarkable ability of organisms to activate latent neuronal circuits under stressful conditions. It is suggested...

2009-12-03 22:19:47

Discovery offers opportunity to develop new environmentally safe ways to control pests A team of University of Minnesota researchers have discovered how PTTH, a hormone produced by the brain, controls the metamorphosis of juvenile insects into adults. The finding, published in the Dec. 4 issue of Science, will help scientists understand how insect body size is programmed in response to developmental and environmental cues and offers the opportunity to develop a new generation of more...

2008-06-21 00:00:25

The stress of moving or having parents separate can significantly increase the risk of children developing allergies later, German researchers said. Researchers at the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research in Leipzig, the Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen and the Institut fir Umweltmedizinische Forschung in Duesseldorf examined blood samples taken from 234 6-year-old children. The researchers discovered increased blood concentrations of the stress-related peptide VIP -- vasoactive...

2005-08-31 18:10:00

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The human brain is composed of billions of cells, each a separate entity that communicates with others. The chemical interaction of those cells determines personality, controls behavior and encodes memory; but much remains to be understood. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed tools for studying the chemistry of the brain, neuron by neuron. The analytical techniques can probe the spatial and temporal distribution of biologically...


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  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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