Crystal L Natvig

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Maternal stress during pregnancy is associated with negative maternal/child outcomes. One potential biomarker of the maternal stress response is cortisol, a product of activity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. This study evaluated cortisol levels in hair throughout pregnancy as a marker of total cortisol release. Cortisol levels in hair have been(More)
The accurate indication of saliva collection time is important for defining the diurnal decline in salivary cortisol as well as characterizing the cortisol awakening response. We tested a convenient and novel collection device for collecting saliva on strips of filter paper in a specially constructed booklet for determination of both cortisol and DHEA. In(More)
BACKGROUND Caregiving for allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (Allo-HSCT) patients can be significantly burdensome. Caregiver well-being often mirrors patients' suffering. However, to our knowledge, this dyadic relationship has not been linked to patient outcome. OBJECTIVE Caregiver's objective and subjective sleep and overall distress before(More)
BACKGROUND The literature regarding milk composition in non-human primates collected across offspring development is limited. We assayed milk samples from bonnet macaque (Macaca radiata) mothers as part of studies characterizing development of this species. METHODS Milk was obtained when possible longitudinally from seven lactating bonnet macaque mothers.(More)
Caregivers are known to experience increased morbidity when compared to noncaregivers. Does an intervention targeting caregiver distress affect their health care utilization? One hundred forty-eight caregivers of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients were randomized to treatment as usual (TAU) or a psychoeducation, paced respiration, and(More)
OBJECTIVE Caregiving for allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (Allo-HSCT) patients carries a significant psychological burden, yet it remains unclear whether Allo-HSCT caregivers demonstrate disruptions to stress systems, such as the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. Greater intraindividual cortisol variability (ICV) has been observed in(More)
Few studies have addressed whether stress-associated physiological changes in caregivers are reversible by psychological interventions mitigating distress. We report on pro-inflammatory, sympathetic, and oxidative stress gene expression in response to stress management for caregivers of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (Allo-HSCT) patients.(More)
Social challenges during the perinatal period influence the mother-infant relationship in nonhuman primates and may affect the offspring's response to later social challenge(s). Relocation of a breeding colony of monkeys (Macaca radiata) created two groups of infants: one group experienced social group relocation to a new housing facility during the(More)
Caregivers of patients receiving allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplants (allo-HSCT) serve a pivotal role in patient care but experience high stress, anxiety and depression as a result. We theorized that stress management adapted for allo-HSCT caregivers would reduce distress compared with treatment as usual (TAU). Of 267 consecutive caregivers of(More)
PURPOSE A full-time 24/7 caregiver is required for 100 days or longer following an allogeneic blood or marrow transplant during which time caregivers have multiple demands. Although distress in caregivers is documented, generalization is limited by small sample sizes, restricted range of assessments, and lack of information as to which caregivers may be(More)