Activation of the reward system boosts innate and adaptive immunity

@article{BenShaanan2016ActivationOT,
  title={Activation of the reward system boosts innate and adaptive immunity},
  author={T. Ben-Shaanan and H. Azulay-Debby and T. Dubovik and E. Starosvetsky and B. Korin and M. Schiller and Nathaniel L. Green and Yasmin Admon and F. Hakim and S. Shen-Orr and A. Rolls},
  journal={Nature Medicine},
  year={2016},
  volume={22},
  pages={940-944}
}
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