Saturday, January 26, 2008

Stress, Cortisol, and Disease Progression

A rare study links stress and cortisol levels with disease progression.

These data demonstrate that interacting effects of elevated basal cortisol and severe life stress have an impact on parameters of immune status in HIV-infected men.
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In conclusion, these findings suggest that severe life stress, combined with high glucocorticoid activity, can lower circulating lymphocyte populations, which may then alter the host's defense against infection.

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