Time to prescribe holidays
LONDON: Going on holiday isn’t just relaxing – it could be good for your health and should be prescribed for sick people, say researchers.
They believe that being in an environment that stimulates our curiosity could turbocharge the immune system.
In laboratory tests, mice were given a two-week stay in a large cage packed with toys – and the exciting environment appeared to boost their white blood cells, which fight off infections.
Professor Fulvio D’Acquisto, of Queen Mary University of London, said: “This effect is remarkable because we haven’t given them any drugs, all we’ve done is change their housing conditions. You could say that we’ve just put them in their equivalent of a holiday resort for two weeks and let them enjoy their new surroundings.”
White blood cells are key to auto-immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.
The study is published in the scientific journal Frontiers in Immunology. – Daily Mail