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Breast cancer survivors consider stress as major factor for their disease

Breast cancer survivors consider stress as major factor for their disease

According to a report and survey published in Psychooncology a substantial part of women who had survived breast cancer believe that there is a link between breast cancer and psychological stress. In this report, Stewart DE et al., from the University Health Network Women’s Health Program, University of Toronto, Canada surveyed 378 women breast cancer […]

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, […]

Neurocognitive Pathways and Social Rejection-Induced Inflammatory Responses

Neurocognitive Pathways and Social Rejection-Induced Inflammatory Responses

A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS) indicates that a social stressor involving social-evaluative threat and rejection elicits significant increases in inflammatory activity, as indexed by both soluble receptor for tumor necrosis factor-alpha (sTNFalphaRII) and interleukin (IL)-6. Recent evidence indicates that psychological stress may affect […]