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Robert Sapolsky and Why Zebras Don’t get Ulcers

Robert Sapolsky and Why Zebras Don’t get Ulcers

SHORT FEATURES and FACES ARTICLE Robert Sapolsky, a neuroendocrinologist and John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Professor at Stanford University, has focused his research on issues of stress and neuronal degeneration, as well as on the possibilities of gene therapy strategies for protecting susceptible neurons from disease. In his Science article, entitled ‘Why Stress Is […]

Gerald Weissmann, Meryl Streep, Mechnikov and Inflammation: It’s Complicated

Gerald Weissmann, Meryl Streep, Mechnikov and Inflammation: It’s Complicated

SHORT FEATURES and FACES ARTICLE In a recent Editorial, Gerald Weissmann, in his typical elegant and provocative style, mingles Hollywood stars and movie characters with some major pathology phenomena. The recent movie ‘It’s Complicated’ inspired the Editor-in-Chief of the FASEB journal to find some striking similarities between some of the movie’s features and the cardinal […]

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 Response, Sex and Immunity: the Female Superiority

Stress Response, Sex and Immunity: the Female Superiority

SHORT FEATURES and FACES ARTICLE A recent perspective published in Science Signaling outlines the gender-specific differences in the stress response and the actions of glucocorticoids, and the female superiority in terms of dealing with stress and infections. Sexual dimorphism in immunity, i.e. the differences in males and females in their immunological responses and immune function […]

The Stress-Susceptible Individual and the Risk for Inflammatory Diseases

The Stress-Susceptible Individual and the Risk for Inflammatory Diseases

SHORT FEATURES and FACES ARTICLE In this recent editorial Gailen Marshall, Editor-in-Chief of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, discusses the topic of identifying and stratifying stress-susceptible individuals and established patients, and the relevance of correlating this susceptibility to the presence and/or progression of immune-mediated inflammatory conditions. An increasing body of evidence suggests stress is […]

Stress and Rheumatic Diseases

Stress and Rheumatic Diseases

SHORT FEATURES and FACES ARTICLE In an editorial published in Arthritis Research & Therapy, Afton Hassett and Daniel Clauw, of University of Michigan Medical School, discuss some aspects of the complex interactions between psychological stress and the onset, expression and progression of rheumatic diseases. The authors mention that some studies in this research area are […]

Stress: From Hans Selye to Paris Hilton

Stress: From Hans Selye to Paris Hilton

SHORT FEATURES and FACES ARTICLE In a recent FASEB editorial, Gerald Weissmann comments on the modern use of the word ‘stress’ and its evolution from Hans Selye’s original definition. According to Weissmann, the Editor-in-Chief of the FASEB journal, Selye first advanced the notion of stress as a generalized response to any insult in 1936, which […]

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