Time to pre­scribe hol­i­days

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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

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