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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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Systems Biology, Lipidomics, and Cardiovascular Disease

Atherosclerosis involves a gradual process of inflammation with the stiffening of the arterial wall. This inflammatory condition can be caused by many factors, including elevated cellularity, lipid accrual, cellular debris, as well as extracellular substances (De Leon et al., 2015). … Continue reading

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Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Although many chronic diseases such as cancer are apparently physical, they can lead to psychological distress. Chronic psychosocial stress may in turn affect the physical health negatively. Studies in psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) have shown that the … Continue reading

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The Database of Biological Rhythms (DBBR)

The Database of Biological Rhythms (DBBR) The Chronobiology Portal: Chronobiology, Chronotherapy, Circadian Rhythms, and More Journals about Biological Rhythms and Chronobiology   Biological Rhythm Research Chronobiology International Journal of Biological Rhythms Journal of Chronotherapy and Drug Delivery Journal of Circadian … Continue reading

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The Effects of Melatonin on Sleep Disorders and Pediatric Problems

Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland. It is chronobiotic and crucial in the regulation of the circadian clock. As an antioxidant and free radical scavenger, it has many important functions such as anti-inflammation (Bruni et al., 2014). … Continue reading

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Mind-Body Medicine and the Immune Functions

Techniques in mind-body medicine such as meditation have many psychological and physiological benefits. They are especially helpful for health maintenance and promotion. However, it is still not very clear how these mind-body methods may affect the immune system. A recent … Continue reading

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Psychoneuroimmunology, Anxiety, and Inflammation

The emerging discipline of psychoneuroimmunology focuses on the interactions and cross talk among the immune system, the central nervous system (CNS), and behavior. For example, cytokines in the CNS have critical functions that can influence behavior. Such effects may result … 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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Psychoneuroimmunology, Stress Responses, and Chronic Inflammation

The interactions between the nervous and immune systems have been associated with psychosocial stress, peripheral inflammation, and chronic diseases (Liezmann et al., 2012; Peters et al., 2012). The concept of “inflammaging” refers to the premature aging with a pro-inflammatory condition … Continue reading

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PPARs, Psychoneuroimmunology, and Potential Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders

Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptors (PPARs) are a group of transcription factors that play important roles in glucose homeostasis, fatty acid and lipoprotein metabolism, and immune responses (Rolland et al., 2013). They are involved in the regulation of cellular proliferation and differentiation, … Continue reading

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The C-reactive Protein, Socioeconomic Status, Stress, and Inflammation

Psychological stress has been associated with elevated inflammation and the risks of many physical illnesses such as heart disease. However, individual coping strategies may affect stress responses and inflammatory processes, leading to different health results in different people.  For example, … Continue reading

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Psychoneuroimmunology of Schizophrenia and Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

Studies in the psychoneuroimmunology of schizophrenia have revealed not only the neurological and cognitive alterations, but also the continuous systemic inflammation and neuroinflammation associated with microglia activation in the disease (Debnath and Venkatasubramanian, 2013). Activated peripheral and central inflammatory responses … Continue reading

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The Associations between Depression and Chronic Diseases

Depression is becoming a leading cause of disability with loss of work days globally. It is also one of the most important risk factors in many chronic diseases. Depression plays a critical role in the etiology, progression, and results of … Continue reading

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Behavioral Problems in Cancer Patients and Survivors: Factors in Psychoneuroimmunology

Behavioral symptoms are commonly seen in cancer patients and survivors. For example, in breast cancer patients, such symptoms include depression, cognitive impairment, sleep disorders, and fatigue (Bower, 2008). These symptoms have adverse effects on the treatment results of cancers. They … Continue reading

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Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Cytokines, and Immune Functions

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) has been associated with the malfunctions of multiple biological systems and pathways, especially the cytokines of the immune system. The altered immune functions may influence crucial neurodevelopmental processes (Napolioni et al., 2013). For example, the cytokines … 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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Stress, Skin Disorders, and Psychoneuroimmunology

With a history of about 30 years, psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) studies the interactions among psychological activities, the nervous system, and the immune system. In the area of dermatology, many dermatologic diseases have been found to be related to mental and psychological … Continue reading

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