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The Effects of Qigong Practice on Saliva

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Can Qigong have physical effects? Researchers analyzed the effects of Qigong practice on saliva (Bayat-Movahed et al., 2008). They measured the volume, pH and secretory immunoglobulin A (S-IgA) level of … Continue reading

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Tai Chi Qigong Practice and the Immune Responses in Older Adults

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Tai Chi Qigong practice has been found to be beneficial to health and may promote the immune functions. Researchers at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) examined the effects of … Continue reading

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Health Benefits of Qigong for Chronic Diseases

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Researchers studied the clinical benefits and the possible psychophysiological mechanisms of Qigong through meta-analysis of the available randomized controlled trials (RCTs) (Ng and Tsang, 2009). They found that Qigong practices … 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 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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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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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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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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Anxiety and Vaccine Responses in Early Adolescence

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology The field of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) focuses on the studies of the interactions among psychological activities such as stress, and the nervous and immune systems. Many evidences have been identified through … Continue reading

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Stress, Childhood Trauma, and Diseases

Psychological stress is an essential factor in health and illnesses. Stress has been closely related to the onset and progression of various psychiatric and physical disorders such as anxiety, depression, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, heart diseases, pain, and cancers (Slavich, 2016). … Continue reading

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Effects of Mindfulness Meditation on the Immune System in HIV Patients

Mindfulness meditation training has been found to reduce stress in different patient populations. Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles studied the effects of meditation on CD4+ T lymphocyte counts in stressed HIV-infected adults (Creswell et al., 2009). In … Continue reading

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The Interactions between Natural Killer Cells and Monocytes in Anti-Cancer Therapies

Human natural killer (NK) cells, monocytes, and dendritic cells are important components of the innate immune functions with instant protections against cancer cells and infections. Monocytes are large white blood cells (also called leukocytes). They can become macrophages and obtain … 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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Psychoneuroimmunology Database

The Database of Psychoneuroimmunology (DPNI) The Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) Portal and Knowledge Base Potential Biomarkers for Anxiety The Database of Biomarkers: Depression Mind-Body Medicine About Meditation: The Portal and Knowledge Base The Nervous System Neuroinformatics The Database of Cytokines Chronobiology The … Continue reading

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Biomarkers of Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis (SAR)

Seasonal allergic rhinitis (SAR) is not just a commonly seen health problem in certain seasons. It is also a risk factor that can lead to asthma among many people. Nasal allergies can promote bone-marrow eosinophil generation through cytokines such as … Continue reading

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Systems Biology Technologies and Cancer Immunotherapy

Decades of scientific studies have demonstrated the essential role of the immune system in cancer pathology and clinical treatment. The immune system may regulate the growth of tumors via the complex interactions among molecules, genes, cells, and organs. The elucidation … Continue reading

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Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Personalized Medicine

Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Personalized Medicine Psychological stress has been associated with higher levels of inflammation and the risks of many physical disorders including heart diseases. For example, chronic stress responses may cause a variety of skin disorders including allergic … Continue reading

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