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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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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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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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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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Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) and Human Social Genomics

Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) studies the relationships between behaviors and health, especially the role of immunological mechanisms underlying how the mind and body interact. That is, the interactions between the behavior and immunity, as well as the nervous system. The human adaptive … Continue reading

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Meditation as a Path toward Homeostasis and Happiness

As a useful tool for promoting the mind-body fitness, meditation can be integrated into your fitness program to train your mind and body concurrently just the same way as you train your muscles. While improving the connections between the mind … Continue reading

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