July 5, 2016

IT'S ALL IN YOUR HEAD:

Placebos physically boost immunity, Israeli study shows (MARLOWE HOOD July 5, 2016, AFP)

Artificially stimulating the brain's feel-good center boosts immunity in mice in a way that could help explain the power of placebos, a study reported Monday.

"Our findings indicate that activation of areas of the brain associated with positive expectations can affect how the body copes with diseases," said senior author Asya Rolls, an assistant professor at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology's Faculty of Medicine.

The findings, reported in Nature Medicine, "might one day lead to the development of new drugs that utilize the brain's potential to cure," she said.

Posted by at July 5, 2016 6:33 PM

  

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