Chronic Stress promotes Nervous System related Diseases - triggers Inflammation

Chronic Stress promotes Nervous System related Diseases - triggers Inflammation

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[Best Syndication] Researchers found that being chronically stressed in a negative way is bad for your health, and can help increase inflammation along with having an increased risk for developing a central nervous system infection or a neurodegenerative disease. The researchers found inflammation of the central nervous system was promoted by chronic stress and was a measurable and potential cause of multiple sclerosis (MS) in an animal model study. The study results were presented at the 115th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Researchers from Texas A & M University studied mice and the role of social stress had of the animal’s immune system in creating MS disease or similar neurological inflammation symptoms. The researchers believe that the stress causes an increase in pro-inflammatory cytokines. These cytokines are proteins that help to regulate the immune system and inflammatory response. The cytokines can cause inflammation process to go overboard. Combine this with a viral infection and this creates an increased risk for developing a nervous system infection or a neurodegenerative disease such as MS.

The researcher’s devised different stress induced social environments for mice and measured the increases in a particular cytokine – interleukin-6 (IL-6) levels. What they discovered was the more stressful the situation the higher the levels of IL-6 were. The researchers were able to introduce an antibody that prevented the stress to release the IL-6 into the blood stream.

The researchers report that there is more evidence that stress in both animals and human studies show the pro-inflammatory cytokines which damage the immune system in a negative manner.

While the studies for blocking the cytokine response are currently on the animal level, it could be potentially helpful for humans. More research would need to be conducted to determine if blocking the cytokine release would be helpful.

By Mark Barone
Best Syndication News Health Writer

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