stress and infection

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 […]

Psychoneuroimmunology: Stress, Mental Disorders and Health (Progress in Psychiatry)

Another excellent book devoted to the interdisciplinary area of research known as psychoneuroimmunology (PNI). The field bridges together psychiatry, neurology, neuroendocrinology and immunology. The book is the result of a collaborative work of many international experts including Cobi J. Heijnen, Pranela Rameshwar, Nancy G. Klimas and many others. Psychoneuroimmunology: Stress, Mental Disorders and Health deals […]

New Evidence That Psychological Stress Contributes To Peptic Ulcers Development

New Evidence That Psychological Stress Contributes To Peptic Ulcers Development

A new study published in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology provides new evidence that stress is related to an increased risk of peptic ulcers. Since the pioneering work of Hans Selye in the 1930s, psychological stress was often linked to the induction and progression of peptic ulcers. In the 1950s-60s, Selye began to promote […]

Viruses and Glucocorticoids ‘Cooperate’ to Induce Interleukin-10 Production: Implications for Stress-Induced Immunosuppression and Exacerbations of Asthma

Viruses and Glucocorticoids ‘Cooperate’ to Induce Interleukin-10 Production: Implications for Stress-Induced Immunosuppression and Exacerbations of Asthma

A study published in the May 2013 issue of PLoS One may indicate a novel, unrecognized interaction between viruses and the glucocorticoid (GC)-signaling system that results in the induction of interleukin (IL)-10 production by dendritic cells (DCs). In this report, Sinnie Ng and colleagues from the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development, and […]

Cold-Induced Stress May Promote Chlamydia Genital Infection

Cold-Induced Stress May Promote Chlamydia Genital Infection

A recent study by Tesfaye Belay and Anthony Woart from the School of Arts and Sciences, Bluefield State College, Bluefield, WV, is perhaps the first to document a link between cold (weather) stress and the course of Chlamydia trachomatis infection. This common sexually transmitted infection is known to cause severe complications such as pelvic inflammatory […]

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, […]

Autonomic Nervous System Shift Linked to Infections following Acute Intracerebral Hemorrhage

Autonomic Nervous System Shift Linked to Infections following Acute Intracerebral Hemorrhage

A report in the journal Stroke indicates that a sympathetic nervous system over-activity and predominance is associated with higher rate of infection following acute intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). Stroke is a major cause of morbidity and the third leading cause of death in the Western world. Infections occur commonly following stroke and adversely influence outcome. Pulmonary […]

Effect of Catecholamines on Bacterial Growth: New Mechanism of Stress Influencing Digestive Health and Disease

Effect of Catecholamines on Bacterial Growth: New Mechanism of Stress Influencing Digestive Health and Disease

In a contemporary review, published in Cell and Tissue Research, Mark Lyte, Lucy Vulchanova and David Brown provide a brief but comprehensive overview of the actions of stress mediators, especially CAs, on enteric luminal bacteria, on gut mucosal interactions with bacteria, and on brain–gut interactions initiated by or influencing enteric bacteria. The autonomic nervous system […]

Early Childhood Stress is Associated With Elevated Antibody Levels to Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 in Adolescence

Early Childhood Stress is Associated With Elevated Antibody Levels to Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 in Adolescence

A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) indicates that a stressful early childhood history affects the long-term functioning of the immune system, specifically evidenced by a secretion of higher levels of herpes simplex virus (HSV)-antibodies into saliva. The link between psychological stress and […]

Disease-Environment Interactions: Another Contribution of Louis Pasteur

Disease-Environment Interactions: Another Contribution of Louis Pasteur

Historical Perspectives Threats of bioterrorism have renewed interest in learning more about all aspects of anthrax, particularly its deadly spores. In 1878, Louis Pasteur conducted a famous experiment on the virulence of anthrax bacilli. In so doing, he provided a sound experimental basis for the current day concept of how the environment of humans and […]

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