The brain's reward circuitry regulates immunity

A new study in mice shows that activation of the brain's reward system boosts beneficial antibacterial immunity in the periphery. These findings provide biological insights into the association between psychological and physical well-being.

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Figure 1: Stimulation of the reward system in the brain primes peripheral immune responses.

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Frost, E., Lukens, J. The brain's reward circuitry regulates immunity. Nat Med 22, 835–837 (2016) doi:10.1038/nm.4157

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