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2008-08-28 06:00:56

By Nanci Hellmich Some obese children and adults who eat excessively may be missing a gene for a brain chemical involved in controlling appetite, according to a study in today's New England Journal of Medicine. Low levels of the chemical are also linked to long-term memory loss and difficulties in sensing pain. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health examined 33 children and adults with a rare condition in which groups of genes have been deleted. Called WAGR syndrome, the...

2005-12-27 14:16:16

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Genetically modified nerve 'progenitor' cells can be used as mini-pumps to deliver nerve growth factor to the brain, a new study in animals shows. The results suggest such an approach could be used to treat Parkinson's disease and other brain diseases in humans, Dr. Clive D. Svendsen of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and colleagues report. A nerve growth factor called "glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor" (abbreviated to GDNF) has been shown...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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