Monthly Archives: July 2014

Depression, Anxiety, and Abnormal Diurnal Cortisol Patterns

The functional alterations of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis have been related to not only major depression disorder (MDD) and anxiety disorders, but also depression-associated physical diseases (Doane et al., 2013; Jarcho et al., 2013). Indices that can be used to … Continue reading

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Stress, Depression, and Inflammation

Inflammation is a risk factor for many aging problems such as metabolic syndrome, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and frailty (Jaremka et al., 2013). Inflammation can be enhanced by stress and depression, such as in the condition of troubled relationships. … Continue reading

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Depression, Antidepressant Treatment, and Herpes Zoster Vaccine

Depression and other psychological problems may influence the effects of vaccines, as studies in psychoneuroimmunology have shown. For example, the varicella zoster virus (VZV) vaccine (zoster vaccine) is used to promote the T-cell-mediated immunity (VZV-CMI) against latent VZV to prevent … Continue reading

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