Monthly Archives: June 2017

Psychoneuroimmunology, Meditation, and Stress Management

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Meditation is a mind-body practice that may help with the management of stress. It may reduce the allostatic load and improve the overall well-being both mentally and physically. There are … 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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Mindfulness Meditation for Sleep Disorders in Older Adults

Among older adults, sleep disturbances are frequently complained. However, the problems have very limited therapeutic choices. Approaches from mind-body medicine such as mindfulness meditation may help improve sleep quality in this population group with sleep problems. A randomized clinical trial … Continue reading

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Stress, Depression, and Medial Prefrontal Cortex

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Major depressive disorder (MDD) can be triggered by stress experiences. Studies have shown that stress may change the reward processing (Kumar et al., 2015). What are the effects of stress … Continue reading

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Resilience, Adversity, Gene Expression, and Wellbeing

Chronic social adversity may lead to a “conserved transcriptional response to adversity (CTRA)” with higher levels of pro-inflammatory genes and lower levels of antiviral- and antibody-related genes. Certain psychological resilience factors have been found to alleviate CTRA (Cole et al., … Continue reading

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Psychoneuroimmunology and Anxiety Disorders

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology The incidence of psychiatric disorders including anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD) is getting higher and higher in the modern world (Furtado and Katzman, 2015). These problems … Continue reading

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Stress and Inflammatory Biomarkers in Psychiatric Disorders among Children and Adolescents

Inflammation, immune dysfunctions, and abnormal cytokine levels have been closely related to psychiatric disorders among adult patients in recent studies in psychoneuroimmunology (PNI). How about the associations between cytokine concentrations and psychosocial stress in children and adolescents (C&A)? A recent … Continue reading

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Stress, Dysfunctional Attitudes, and Genetic Factors

What are the relationships among dysfunctional attitudes, stressful events, and genetic factors? How can these factors influence daily emotions? A multi-level daily diary study among 104 young adults was done to find out the links (Conway et al., 2015). The … Continue reading

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What is Psychodermatology

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Skin disorders are often associated with psychological conditions such as stress and anxiety. With more and more evidences linking mind and body, some novel disciplines are emerging, such as Psychodermatology. … 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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Anxiety, Depression, and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology A recent study investigated the association between psychosocial reserve capacity and the conditions of anxiety and depression (Zamora-Racaza et al., 2017). The study was done among 235 patients with systemic … Continue reading

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Anxiety, Depression, and Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis (SAR)

Increasing evidences have indicated the strong connections between seasonal allergic rhinitis (SAR) and psychological conditions, especially anxiety and depression. A recent study done in Germany explored the roles of anxiety and depression in the patients with SAR (Trikojat et al. … Continue reading

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