A Winning Hand

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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