STRESS, IMMUNE FUNCTION AND HEALTH: THE CONNNECTION
Emphasizing the importance of the interaction among the mind, the body, and physical health, this reference includes important developmental procedures that can be used to resist stress on the immune system. By examining components of the immune system, along with the effects of psychological stress and the capacity for hormonal response, author Bruce Rabin demonstrates, in a concise, accessible manner, the ability of an individual's immune system to alter susceptibility to immune-mediated diseases. In addition, the book examines several key issues in this rapidly expanding field, including:
Information and examples that illustrate how distinct areas of the brain that perceive the presence of a stressor are able to communicate with the cells of the immune system
The correlation between stress-related changes in health practices and stressor-induced risks of disease development
The effect on the immune system due to stress from an increased concentration of neuropeptides and hormones
Behaviors and beliefs that can reduce the harmful effects of stress on the immune system by interfering with the stress-responsive areas of the brain
The issue of stress during pregnancy and the early period of development on behaviors and immune functions in children
An authoritative guide for all researchers and students in the fields of immunology, neuroscience, and psychology, Stress, Immune Function, and Health: The Connection is also an essential reference for physicians and nurses concerned with stress and immune-related diseases.
Table of Contents:
Introduction and Organization.
Overview of the Function of the Immune System.
The Nervous System-Immune System Connection.
The Study of Stress and Immunity.
How Does the Hormonal Response Induced by Stress Alter the Immune System.
Stress Effects on Immune-Related Diseases.
Behaviors That Can Be Used to Buffer the Detrimental Effects of Stress on the Immune System and Health: Can a Stress-Resistant Brain Be Engineered?
Effect of Maternal Stress on the Offspring.
Psychoneuroimmunology and the Elderly.