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Fasting May Help Protect Against Immune-Related Effects of Chemotherapy and Aging

Caption: During fasting the number of hematopoietic stem cells increases but the number of the normally much more abundant white blood cells decreases. In young or healthy mice undergoing multiple fasting/re-feeding cycles, the population of stem cells increases in size although the number of white blood cells remain normal. In mice treated with chemotherapy or in old mice, the cycles of fasting reverse the immunosuppression and immunosenescence, respectively.

Credit: Cell Stem Cell, Cheng et al.

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