Negative emotions predict elevated interleukin-6 in the United States but not in Japan

@article{Miyamoto2013NegativeEP,
  title={Negative emotions predict elevated interleukin-6 in the United States but not in Japan},
  author={Yuri Miyamoto and Jennifer Morozink Boylan and C. L. Coe and Katherine B. Curhan and Carol D. Ryff},
  journal={Brain, Behavior, and Immunity},
  year={2013},
  volume={34},
  pages={79-85}
}
Previous studies conducted in Western cultures have shown that negative emotions predict higher levels of pro-inflammatory biomarkers, specifically interleukin-6 (IL-6). This link between negative emotions and IL-6 may be specific to Western cultures where negative emotions are perceived to be problematic and thus may not extend to Eastern cultures where negative emotions are seen as acceptable and normal. Using samples of 1044 American and 382 Japanese middle-aged and older adults, we… CONTINUE READING

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