Possible approach to limit stroke damage; Traditional Chinese medicine may help with metabolic diseases; Investigators examine flies' life spans;

> A team from the University of Leeds and Zhejiang University in China studied a phase of brain damage in laboratory mice and found a mechanism in neurons that, if removed, reduced the damage to brain function, pointing to a possible new therapy for stroke. Release

> New research published in the December 2014 issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology shows that a component found in the plant Glycyrrhiza uralensis, used in a traditional Chinese remedy, may inhibit the development of metabolic disorders by stopping the activation of NLRP3, a protein involved in the disease process. Release

> Investigators exploring the mechanisms of aging found some lessons in the varying life spans of male and female flies. Release