Inflammation: Psychological Risk for Disease and Symptom Severity

Here is what Cousins Center investigators have accomplished:

Pain and non-restful sleep lead to fatigue in fibromyalgia patients.
Nicassio PM, Moxham EG, Schuman CE, Gevirtz RN. The contribution of pain, reported sleep quality, and depressive symptoms to fatigue in fibromyalgia. Pain 2002 Dec;100(3):271-9
Immune activation and depression predict disease severity in rheumatoid arthritis patients
Zautra AJ, Smith B, Attrep J, Villanueva I, Yocum D, Irwin M: Interpersonal stress and
depressive symptoms and immune processes in Women with rheumatoid arthritis.
Psychosomatic Medicine 64, 142, 2002.
Social inhibition leads to heightened immune responses during social engagement
Cole S, Kemeny ME, Weitzman ME, Schoen M, Anton PA. Socially inhibited individuals show heightened DTH response during intense social engagement. Brain, Behavior and Immunity, 13(2):187-200, 1999.
Chronic worsens colitis in an animal model
Mulugeta M, Taché Y, Anton PA. Chronic stress worsens TNB?colitis in Lewis rats: The protective role of brain CRF. Am J Physiol, 276:G1016, 1999.
See what we are doing now. Here are some of our ongoing studies:
Behavioral Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis - Click here
Perry Nicassio, Principal Investigator
Stress and Adaptation in Rheumatoid Arthritis - Click here
Michael Irwin, Principal Investigator
Research : Sponsored Studies : Autoimmune and Inflammatory Disorders
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