Category Archives: Psychoneuroimmunology

Qigong Practice May Change the EEG Patterns

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Researchers in China studied the EEG pattern of a Qigong practitioner with 50 years of experiences in Qigong practice (Qin et al., 2009). They found that after 50 years of … Continue reading

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Long-Term Meditation and the Brain

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Transcendental meditation may promote the blood flow to the brain. The effects of meditation are quite different from those after simple rests or sleep. The practice of meditation may awaken … Continue reading

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Meditation and Psychoneuroimmunology

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Meditation practices may have impacts on physiological pathways related to stress and various diseases. Meditation practices have been found to have benefits including • Calming the mind; • Promoting focused … Continue reading

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Meditation, Anxiety, and Stress Management

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Relaxation techniques including meditation are becoming popular approaches for anxiety problems. A meta-analysis of data from 10 years of trials compared various relaxation techniques including autogenic training, applied relaxation, and … Continue reading

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Anxiety, Depression, and Inflammation: Physical and Cognitive Aspects

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology More and more evidences have related anxiety and depression to elevated systemic inflammation (Duivis et al., 2013). As complex disorders, anxiety and depression have heterogeneity in symptoms with both physical … Continue reading

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Anxiety, Inflammation, and Patient Groups

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Similar to depression, anxiety disorders have also been related to metabolic and cardiovascular disorders. Does inflammation provide the connection between anxiety and these physical disorders? What are the possible relationships … Continue reading

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Depression, Anxiety, Asthma, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) often have psychiatric problems including cognitive dysfunction, anxiety, and depression (Bratek et al., 2015). A recent study investigated the roles of … Continue reading

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Anxiety, Depression, Diabetes, and High-Fat Diets

Depression and type 2 diabetes (T2D) are often seen together (Dutheil et al., 2016). What are the mechanisms in psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) associated with these diseases? What are the roles of high-fat diets in anxiety and depression? How can the high-fat … Continue reading

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Fear, Anxiety, PTSD, GAD, and Inflammation

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Fear- and anxiety-associated problems have been related to inflammation. As evidences, pro-inflammatory biomarkers have been found to be associated with affective behaviors (Michopoulos et al., 2017). For example, in mental … Continue reading

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Anxiety, Sleep, Fatigue, Inflammation, and Advanced Cancer

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Patients with terminal cancer are often troubled with fatigue (Rodrigues et al., 2016). Studies on the mechanisms would be helpful for improving the quality of life of the patients. A … Continue reading

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Anxiety, Inflammation, and Obesity

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Anxiety and depression have been related to the higher levels of inflammation among those with obesity. This group of people may also have the higher risks of cardiovascular disease (CVD) … Continue reading

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Anxiety and Inflammation in Breast Cancer Survivors

Breast cancer survivors often have continuous psychological disorders such as anxiety and depression. Such mood problems may be caused by stress, and affect the quality of life (Pyter et al., 2017). Neuroinflammation may have a critical role in the mood … Continue reading

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Emotional Factors and Fatigue in Adolescents

Fatigue in adolescents may be related to psychological, somatic, and lifestyle factors. In a longitudinal study of 653 adolescent girls, the correlations between the severity of fatigue and psychological conditions such as anxiety and depression were examined (ter Wolbeek et … Continue reading

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Massage Therapy for Pediatric Cancer

Massage therapy has been suggested as a helpful complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) intervention for children with cancer. For example, a meta-analysis of 70 reports showed that massage therapy can be beneficial for alleviating anxiety, depression, constipation, pain, and hypertension … Continue reading

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Psychological Stress and Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer and distress are often seen together. To promote the therapeutic effects and quality of life for the patients, the factors involved in the associations between psychological distress and ovarian cancer need to be found (Arden-Close et al., 2008). … Continue reading

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Cytokines, Depression, and Psychoneuroimmunology

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Cytokines such as interferon (IFN)-alpha may cause dopamine depletion and affect the pathways of monoamine metabolism. Their alterations may result in behavioral changes including depression, psychomotor slowing, and fatigue (Miller, … Continue reading

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Cytokine Therapies and Psychiatric Disorders

Cytokine therapies including interferon-alpha (IF-alpha) and interleukin-2 (IL-2) have been used for cancers and chronic diseases including melanoma, hepatitis C, and multiple sclerosis. However, they may cause neuropsychiatric side effects (Myint et al., 2009). These side effects include depression, anxiety, … Continue reading

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Depression in Older People

Chronic depression and dementia are often seen together in older people. Why do these happen? What are the mechanisms? Studies have found that chronic stress may lead to the alterations in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, as well as serotonergic and … Continue reading

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Psychoneuroimmunology and Ocular Diseases

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Studies in psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) have revealed the connections between psychosocial stress and depression with immune dysfunctions and various physical problems (Ventura, 2009). How about ocular diseases? Studies have shown that … Continue reading

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Depression and Skin Disorders

Depressive disorders are often seen together with skin disorders. The rate of the comorbidity of depression and dermatologic diseases is about 30% (Filaković et al., 2009). The disorders in psychodermatology have been classified into three categories (Filaković et al., 2009). … Continue reading

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Stress, Immunity, and Breast Cancer Patients

Breast cancer patients after surgery often have higher levels of distress and need psychosocial adaptation to the new conditions. The problems of distress among these patients have been related to cellular immune dysfunctions with the negative impacts on the recovery … Continue reading

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Obesity, Emotional Conditions, Eating Behaviors, and Inflammation

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Obesity has been associated with chronic low-degree inflammation that can result in stress and behavioral problems. A study investigated the correlations among adiposity, low-grade inflammation, eating behaviors, and emotional conditions … Continue reading

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Sleep loss, Mood, and Pain in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Sleep disturbances have been closely related to pain. What are the influences of sleep loss on mood and pain among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA)? In a study of 27 … Continue reading

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Anxiety Disorders and Psychoneuroimmunology

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology The discoveries in psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) need to be translated into clinical care and better quality of life for patients. Such translational efforts are especially meaningful for the treatment of neuropsychiatric … Continue reading

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Anxiety, Depression, and Systemic Sclerosis

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Recent studies including those in psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) have collected many evidences on the psychosocial correlations with systemic sclerosis (scleroderma). Systemic sclerosis has been associated with clinical mood disorders including anxiety … Continue reading

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