stress and immune system

The Innate Immune Response to Noninfectious Stressors: Human and Animal Models

The Innate Immune Response to Noninfectious Stressors is edited by Massimo Amadori and published by Academic Press. The Innate Immune Response to Non-infectious Stressors highlights fundamental mechanisms of stress response and important findings on how the immune system is affected, and in turn affects such a response. In addition, this book covers the crucial link […]

The Bi-Directional Effects of Stress on our Immune System

The Bi-Directional Effects of Stress on our Immune System is authored by Inna B. Mertsalova and published by FriesenPress. In recent years, we have gained increasing knowledge of the roles stress and stress hormones play in our health. It is amazing how the presentation of a stressor-whether in one event or a series of events-might […]

Stress Challenges and Immunity in Space

The book ‘Stress Challenges and Immunity in Space: From Mechanisms to Monitoring and Preventive Strategies’, published by Springer is authored by Alexander Chouker, from the Department of Anesthesiology, ‘Stress and Immunity’ laboratory, University of Munich, Munich, Germany. During space flight, human physiology and health are challenged by complex environmental stressors, exerting potent effects on the […]

Seasonal Patterns of Stress, Immune Function, and Disease

The book Seasonal Patterns of Stress, Immune Function, and Disease is co-authored by Randy J. Nelson, Ohio State University, Gregory E. Demas, Indiana University, Sabra L. Klein, The Johns Hopkins University and Lance J. Kriegsfeld, Columbia University, New York. The book summarizes evidence about the seasonal variation in immunity and disease occurrence, and the interactions […]

Stress, Immune Function, and Health: The Connection

The ‘Stress, Immune Function, and Health: The Connection’ is written by Bruce S. Rabin, MD, PhD, a renowned physician-scientist and clinical immunologist. Dr. Rabin is professor of pathology and the director of the Division of Clinical Immunopathology, Department of Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, US. Stress, Immune Function, and Health: The […]

Stress, Stress Hormones and the Immune System

Stress, Stress Hormones and the Immune System provides an extensive overview on the interactions between the neuroendocrine and immune systems and the effects of stress hormones on immunity. This volume is perhaps the first book focusing on the cross-talk between the brain, the stress and immune systems, addressing some fundamental and clinical implications. The 1st […]

Childhood Adversities and the Development of Asthma in Adulthood

Childhood Adversities and the Development of Asthma in Adulthood

Recently the BMJ Open online journal published the first large-scale prospective, population-based study, involving 24 057 participants, followed for a 7-year period, documenting an association between childhood adversities and register-verified asthma diagnosis in adulthood. Previous research has shown that anxiety disorders and major depression are linked to asthma development, and two previous longitudinal studies reported […]

Accumulation of Myeloid-Derived Suppressor Cells: A New Mechanism in Favor of Stress-Induced Immunosuppression?

Accumulation of Myeloid-Derived Suppressor Cells: A New Mechanism in Favor of Stress-Induced Immunosuppression?

Jianfeng Jin et al. present a mechanism for the immunosuppressive potential of chronic stress in the September 2013 issue of PLoS One. The authors focus on myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs), which have been implicated in regulation of the innate and adaptive immune responses. In tumor microenvironments, MDSC expansion is stimulated by prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) and […]

Psychological Stress May Promote Inflammation through Expansion of Immature Proinflammatory Monocytes

Psychological Stress May Promote Inflammation through Expansion of Immature Proinflammatory Monocytes

A recent study by Nicole Powell et al. published in the October 8, 2013 issue of PNAS, suggests that stress hormones may contribute to pro-inflammation through selective expansion and/or recruitment of a specific subpopulation of immature, proinflammatory monocytes. In the 1970s and 1980s stress was often considered immunosuppressive. Recent evidence, however, indicates that psychological stress […]

Prenatal Immune Challenge – ‘Disease Primer’ Increasing the Offspring’s Vulnerability to Stress

Prenatal Immune Challenge – ‘Disease Primer’ Increasing the Offspring’s Vulnerability to Stress

A recent study published in Science is probably the first to provide evidence suggesting that prenatal immune challenge can function as a “disease primer” that amplifies the offspring’s susceptibility to stress and its detrimental neuro-pathological effects in peri-pubertal life. Epidemiologic studies indicate that prenatal infection may play an important role in the etiopathogenesis of schizophrenia, […]

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