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Cell. 2010 Jul 9;142(1):15-7. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2010.06.025.

Enriching stress research.

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  • 1Sackler Program for Epigenetics and Psychobiology, Douglas Mental Health University Institute, McGill University, Montreal H4H 1R3, Canada.


Enriched environments are known to boost physical and mental health in rodents and humans. Now, Cao et al. (2010) report that environmental enrichment also suppresses tumor growth in mice by stimulating the hypothalamus to produce brain-derived neurotrophic factor that acts on the sympathetic nervous system to reduce leptin production in white fat tissue.

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