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Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 12 May 2004
Vol. 2004, Issue 19, p. nf50
[DOI: 10.1126/sageke.2004.19.nf50]

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Learning Is in the Blood

Weakening the immune system saps brainpower

Mitch Leslie

http://sageke.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2004/19/nf50

Abstract: A well-tuned immune system not only rebuffs noxious invaders but keeps the brain sharp, a new study suggests. The work shows that hobbling the immune system in mice impairs learning and memory. The results raise the possibility that enhancing immunity might bolster brain acuity in illnesses such as Alzheimer's disease and stave off the mental declines of aging.

Citation: M. Leslie, Learning Is in the Blood. Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ. 2004 (19), nf50 (2004).

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