Published in Vaccine Weekly, April 27th, 2005
Short bouts of intense social stress improved the ability in the mice to recover from the flu. The stress apparently did so by substantially boosting the production of specialized immune cells that fought the virus.
"Stressed mice had a stronger immune response and were able to fight off the infection faster," said Jacqueline Wiesehan, a study coauthor and a graduate fellow in oral biology at Ohio State University.
These special immune cells are called T cells and are part of the immune system's memory response. T cells...
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