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Daily Telegraph: ‘Direct biological link between chronic stress and chronic inflammation’

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Firestormm, Jun 23, 2014.

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    The article seems to be at http://www.nature.com/nm/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nm.3589.html (pay to read).

    Based on the abstract, it sounds like conjecture + mice + one or two human test subjects (or just more conjecture)?

    At any rate, they're presenting some very big conclusions in the Telegraph based on rather tenuous evidence.
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    I think this is the second thread on this? The first talks about stress inducing disruption of biofilms, so that bacterial colonies etc break away and can block arteries.
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    MeSci ME/CFS since 1995; activity level 6

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    Here is what looks like a good article about the study, but the link may change as the news does.

    They looked at 29 medical students.
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    And stress is also link to stomach ulcers, right? :rolleyes:
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    biophile Places I'd rather be.

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    How reliable is that method as a measure of "psychosocial stress"?
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    That makes a lot more sense at least. The abstract was rather incomprehensible.
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    I'd imagine there would be a HUGE problem with specificity. But the psychobabblers won't mind, since it means they'd get to screw around with a lot of biologically ill people.

    The review linked by @MeSci actually has a really good summary of the weaknesses of the study.
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    MeSci ME/CFS since 1995; activity level 6

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    But it has now vanished from the site and I can't find it again. :( Should have copied the text. @Firestormm's one is good though.
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    I must say that recently (what with the Julia Newton PoTS study and headlines) and now this, I have been impressed with NHS Choices and their ability to analyse such science-behind-the-headlines. I don't know who write it but they are doing a far far better job that e.g. Science Media Centre etc. and certainly the newspapers ever do :thumbsup:
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    MeSci ME/CFS since 1995; activity level 6

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    Generally I have always found NHS web info good. Shame that doctors don't seem to read it!

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