IL-6

Negative and Competitive Interpersonal Stressors Linked to High Proinflammatory Cytokine Responses

Negative and Competitive Interpersonal Stressors Linked to High Proinflammatory Cytokine Responses

In a recent PNAS study, Jessica Chiang and colleagues from the Department of Psychology, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, investigated the potential importance of negative, competitive and positive daily interactions on inflammatory activity. The authors of this study demonstrate that negative social interactions significantly predicted higher baseline levels of sTNFaRII […]

Pathways by Which Stress May Affect Pregnancy Outcomes, Maternal Health and Fetal Development

Pathways by Which Stress May Affect Pregnancy Outcomes, Maternal Health and Fetal Development

In a recent review article in the journal Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, Lisa Christian discusses some biological mechanisms linking stress with maternal health, pregnancy outcomes and fetal development, focusing on peripheral immune markers, and stress reactivity and inflammatory processes during pregnancy Preterm delivery affects 12–13% of birth in the US, versus 5–9% in other developed […]

Cold-Induced Sympathoexcitation and Adipokine Profiles in Humans

Cold-Induced Sympathoexcitation and Adipokine Profiles in Humans

A study published in the journal Metabolism suggests that the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and its activation during cold-induced stress activation may play an important role in the regulation of adipokine secretion. Adipose tissue, in tight interconnection with the SNS, has a key role in maintaining energy homeostasis, blood pressure control, immunoregulation, hemostasis, and atherosclerosis. […]

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