Cellular immune responses to acute stress in female caregivers of dementia patients and matched controls.

@article{Cacioppo1998CellularIR,
  title={Cellular immune responses to acute stress in female caregivers of dementia patients and matched controls.},
  author={John T. Cacioppo and Kirsten M. Poehlmann and Janice K. Kiecolt-Glaser and William B. Malarkey and Mary H. Burleson and Gary G. Berntson and Ronald Glaser},
  journal={Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association},
  year={1998},
  volume={17 2},
  pages={182-9}
}
This study investigated whether the stress of caregiving alters cellular immune responses to acute psychological stressors. Twenty-seven women caring for a spouse with a progressive dementia (high chronic stress) and 37 controls matched for age and family income performed a 12-min laboratory stressor. Cellular immune function was assessed by both functional and quantitative measures taken before (low acute stress), immediately after (high acute stress), and 30 min after (recovery from stress… CONTINUE READING

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