Margaret V. Savage

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OBJECTIVE We tested a theoretical stress model cross-sectionally and prospectively that examined whether relationships of chronic stress, psychophysiology, and coronary heart disease (CHD) varied in older adult men (N = 47), older adult women not using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) (N = 64), and older adult women using HRT (N = 41). METHOD Structural(More)
It was previously shown that red blood cells release ATP when blood oxygen tension decreases. ATP acts on microvascular endothelial cells to produce a retrograde conducted vasodilation (presumably via gap junctions) to the upstream arteriole. These observations form the basis for an ATP hypothesis of local metabolic control of coronary blood flow due to(More)
Circadian temperature, cortisol, and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) rhythms during a constant routine were assessed in 6 female controls and 6 female patients with hypersomnic winter depression (seasonal affective disorder, SAD) before and after morning bright light treatment. After sleep was standardized for 6 days, the subjects were sleep-deprived and(More)
The onset of melatonin secretion under dim light conditions (DLMO) and the circadian temperature rhythm during a constant routine were assessed in 6 female controls and 6 female patients with winter depression (seasonal affective disorder, SAD) before and after bright light treatment. After sleep was standardized for 6 days, the subjects were sleep-deprived(More)
Older adults (54 men, 113 women; M age = 69.5 years) were examined to test the hypothesis that social supports would be more salutogenic (health promoting) for persons with lower incomes than for persons with higher incomes. Interactions of income and social supports (mean of 3 emotional scales of the Interpersonal Support Evaluation List) at study entry(More)
OBJECTIVE This study examined relationships of gender, psychosocial stress/distress (caregiving, hassles, depressed mood), and the relative percentage and absolute cell counts of CD4 and CD8 cells in two samples of older adults (mean age = 69.4)--spouse caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease (N = 78) and age- and gender-matched spouses of(More)
The control of sweating in humans has been described quantitatively in terms of skin and core temperatures (Tsk and Tcore, respectively). However, the precision with which features of the relationship between sweat rate and Tcore at a given Tsk can be reproduced in the short term is not known. We focused on the threshold Tcore. We held Tsk at 38 degrees C(More)
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