Tag Archives: Aging

Psychoneuroimmunology and Anxiety: A Collection of Current Studies

Psychoneuroimmunology, Anxiety, Stress, and Inflammation Duivis HE, Vogelzangs N, Kupper N, de Jonge P, Penninx BW. Differential association of somatic and cognitive symptoms of depression and anxiety with inflammation: findings from the Netherlands Study of Depression and Anxiety (NESDA). Psychoneuroendocrinology. … Continue reading

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High Salt Intake, Anxiety, and Aging

The aging processes are related to the functional weakening in the cognitive and cardiovascular aspects. Such changes may be influenced by external stressors such as high dietary salt intake, which may affect the cardiovascular and mental conditions. A study examined … Continue reading

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Tai Chi and Qigong Training May Help Improve Balance

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Tai Chi, a combination of Qigong meditation and exercise, has been found helpful for improving functional balance among older people. Researchers at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) studied the influence … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Qigong for Middle-Aged Women

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Muscle/Tendon Change Classic (MTCC) Qigong is an exercise featured with slow movements involving many body parts but not very complicated to practice. It has been found beneficial for the middle-aged … Continue reading

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Inflammation and Diseases

Inflammation is an immune response of the body to protect from irritants, stimuli, or external materials that may be detrimental. Inflammatory signs: Redness Swelling Heat Pain Immune surveillance: The immune system can monitor, find, and remove the useless or damaging … Continue reading

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Systems Biology, Immunity, Biomarkers, and Aging

Many chronic diseases are age-associated, including Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer. The elevating incidence of these disorders asks for the better understanding of the associations between the aging process and various diseases. With the increasing life … Continue reading

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Aging, Social Support, and Leukocyte Telomere Length (LTL)

Aging and psychological conditions may influence the leukocyte telomere length (LTL) (Carroll et al., 2013; Müezzinler et al., 2013). A meta-study of cross-sectional studies and longitudinal studies indicated inverse associations between age and both absolute and relative LTL, with an … 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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Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Infections, Psychological Stress, and Mood Disorders

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a beta-herpes virus that may be associated with aging and many health problems. The infection of CMV can be asymptomatic. However, higher levels of serum cytokines including TNF-alpha and IL-6 have been observed in CMV infections, which … Continue reading

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Meditation, the Brain, Neurons, and Neurotransmitters

Meditation can help promote health in various dimensions, including physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and social. The scientific studies and the scans of the meditating brain found that the blood flow condition may be improved in the brain, with improved … Continue reading

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Lifespan Development: Concepts, Stages, and Features

Lifespan Development: Concepts, Stages, and Features   Areas Theories/Concepts/Stages Features/Stages Explanations/Sub-Stages Associated Concepts/Features/Problems Developmental psychology Cognition Reasoning, thought     Psychosocial Personality, behavior in social environments     Critical periods Prenatal     Developmental milestones     Sensitive/optimal periods Gains … Continue reading

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Memory Stages and Concepts

Memory Stages and Concepts   Concepts Explanations Sensory memory The stage that information registers or is “held”, decided by attention. Short-term/working memory The encoding/consolidation process to prepare for storage; the limbic system, esp. the hippocampus is involved, the front lobes … Continue reading

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