In several other recent studies, researchers have reported potentially valuable insights into how stress triggers illnesses. For example, stress has been found to provoke inflammatory reactions in people's bodies, especially if they experienced early-life adversity. And the impact of stress on the heart is now known to be as deleterious as that of other cardiovascular risk factors such as smoking, high cholesterol, and lack of physical activity.
For more information about the impact of stress on people's health, see a report on the burgeoning field of psychoneuroimmunology in Psychiatric News. To read about neural mechanisms underlying stress sensitivity, see the American Journal of Psychiatry.
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