Stress and Cancer: A Link Through the Chinese Cultural Revolution

Stress and Cancer: A Link Through the Chinese Cultural Revolution

Overview Article It is now well recognized that preventive health care requires going beyond the immediate causes of diseases and understanding their fundamental socio-economic determinants. Cancer is one of these diseases that has emerged as the top killer, both physically and economically, surpassing heart disease, in many high-income countries. Does stress contribute to these increasing […]

Biobehavioral Factors, Stress and Cancer Progression: A Contemporary Review

Biobehavioral Factors, Stress and Cancer Progression: A Contemporary Review

In two recent reviews, published in 2011, Erin Costanzo, Anil Sood and Susan Lutgendorf provide a contemporary overview of the major pathways involved in the cross-talk between behavioral factors and the immune system that contribute to cancer development  and progression. The idea that psychological factors may contribute to cancer development and progression is not new. […]

Celebrities, Stress and Cancer

Celebrities, Stress and Cancer

SHORT FEATURES and FACES ARTICLE Recently, several websites have reported that Michael Douglas has been diagnosed with throat cancer. The actor believes a combination of his previous hard-driving lifestyle and the stresses of the past 12 months may have caused the cancer. He tells UK’s Daily Mirror that stress was a major factor: “This type […]

Stress and Your Health: From Vulnerability to Resilience

Stress and Your Health: From Vulnerability to Resilience is published by Wiley-Blackwell and is authored by Hymie Anisman, Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada Research Chair in Neuroscience and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. The Stress and Your Health presents an evidence-based evaluation of the various effects of […]

The Oxford Handbook of Psychoneuroimmunology (Oxford Library of Psychology)

The Oxford Handbook of Psychoneuroimmunology is published by Oxford University Press, and edited by Suzanne C. Segerstrom, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA. The Oxford Handbook of Psychoneuroimmunology comprises perspectives on the state-of-the-art and the recent advances in psychoneuroimmunology. Chapters in the volume represent the entire range of levels of analysis […]

Seasonal Patterns of Stress, Immune Function, and Disease

The book Seasonal Patterns of Stress, Immune Function, and Disease is co-authored by Randy J. Nelson, Ohio State University, Gregory E. Demas, Indiana University, Sabra L. Klein, The Johns Hopkins University and Lance J. Kriegsfeld, Columbia University, New York. The book summarizes evidence about the seasonal variation in immunity and disease occurrence, and the interactions […]

Understanding the Role of Inflammation in Fatigue Requires Multidimensional Assessments

Understanding the Role of Inflammation in Fatigue Requires Multidimensional Assessments

Evolving concepts Introduction “I am tired”. What does this sentence actually imply? In a recent review published in Frontiers in Immunology [1], we suggest that the different dimensions of fatigue (Figure 1) should be specifically investigated, in subjective as well as objective ways. This is especially important if we are to comprehend the role of […]

The selfishness of the brain and immune systems provoke energy deficiency in aging and chronic inflammation

The selfishness of the brain and immune systems provoke energy deficiency in aging and chronic inflammation

Evolving Concepts “I feel exhausted with mental stress and with systemic inflammation, but why?” In recent publications [1-5], in highly active chronic inflammatory diseases, I demonstrated how energy shortage due to an active and selfish immune system can stimulate a plethora of common signs and symptoms listed here (list is not complete): daytime fatigue and […]

Neuroendocrine-Immunology Progress and Development Stories: 2016 in Review

Neuroendocrine-Immunology Progress and Development Stories: 2016 in Review

Editorial Neuroendocrine-immunology has achieved substantial progress and growth over the last year. As the BrainImmune mission is to promote the advancement of this research field, it is becoming a tradition to recapitulate the latest developments in this relatively new interdisciplinary area that bridges neurosciences and immunology. Note that this is not a complete list, but […]

Beta-Adrenoceptors and Tumor Development: Novel Concepts and Clinical Implications

Beta-Adrenoceptors and Tumor Development: Novel Concepts and Clinical Implications

Evolving Concepts Over the last 3 decades, an increasing body of evidence suggests that catecholamine-dependent signalling may represent a major link between chronic stress and tumor progression. Studies addressing the relationship between stress-activated pathways and cancer progression suggest that stress-induced production of adrenaline and noradrenaline, besides affecting the anti-tumor immune response also displays direct tumor-promoting […]

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