A Winning Hand

| January/February 2002

Playing contract bridge may boost your immune system, according to a report in Alternative Medicine (Nov. 2001). A University of California at Berkeley researcher, Marion Cleeves Diamond, has shown that the area of the brain used in playing bridge, the dorsolateral cortex, also is involved in producing T-cells, the white blood cells that fight disease. Diamond’s research is the first to identify a specific part of the cortex connected with the immune system.

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