HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Acute stress boosts flu shot response in women, small study finds

Women who participated in short bouts of physical or mental activity before receiving a flu shot produced more antibodies than other women, according to the first study of this effect in humans.

The finding supports the idea that -- while chronic stress seems to suppress immune function -- acute stress may enhance it.

"We're suggesting that the effect of stress could all be in the timing," said lead author Kate Edwards of the University of Birmingham in England. "What we think is that the acute stress is activating the immune system; it's preparing it for a challenge."

The authors add that the evidence remains preliminary, since the women's enhanced response only appeared with one of three flu strains and there was no evidence of the effect in men. The study appears in the March issue of Brain, Behavior, and Immunity.

To conduct the study, the authors recruited 60 healthy male and female university students. Each participant was randomly assigned to participate in one of three activities for 45 minutes: riding a stationary bicycle, competing in a mental arithmetic contest or reading quietly. Afterward, each person received a flu shot donated by GlaxoSmithKline, U.K.

When antibody levels were measured four weeks and again 20 weeks later, women in the physical and mental stress groups had more antibodies to the A/Panama flu strain than women in the control group. The exact mechanism of the immunological boost remains unclear, say the authors.

Future studies are needed to measure how acute stress may enhance immune response "using stress tasks of different natures, durations and timings in a variety of populations," the authors write.

A priority is searching for similar results among the elderly, who are most at risk of serious complications from influenza infection, Edwards said.

"We'd really like to see this confirmed in a larger-scale study and hopefully confirmed for other types of virus as well, o
'"/>

Contact: Kate Edwards
kxe222@bham.ac.uk
Center for the Advancement of Health
2-Mar-2006


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Acute coronary syndrome therapy improvements linked with fewer deaths and improved clinical outcomes
2. Reductive stress linked to heart disease
3. New study shows Rescue Remedy is an effective all-natural stress, anxiety reliever
4. Reduced greenhouse gas emissions required to avoid dangerous increases in heat stress
5. Blocking stress protein decreases Alzheimers peptide in mice
6. Improving communication with families of dying patients reduces stress, anxiety and depression
7. Post-traumatic stress disorder 10 times higher in New Orleans than in the general public
8. Weill Cornell researchers use Virtual Iraq simulation to study post-traumatic stress disorder
9. Cognitive therapy can reduce post-traumatic stress in survivors of terrorist attacks
10. Biofeedback on abnormal mechanics lowers risk for stress fractures, pain under kneecap
11. Pistachios may calm acute stress reaction

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:3/30/2021)... , ... March 29, 2021 , ... ... the 21st Century , A Virtual Workshop Presented by WCG FDAnews and Cerulean ... 4:30 pm EDT, https://wcg.swoogo.com/modern-sop-and-quality-systems , Are one’s SOPs written for the ...
(Date:3/30/2021)... ... March 29, 2021 , ... According to data released ... reproductive age (13-44) in need of publicly funded contraception live in counties impacted by ... Colorado’s 64 counties have lost some of their Title X resources. , The ...
(Date:3/30/2021)... ... March 29, 2021 , ... Health Literacy Innovations (HLI), a ... confusion due to low health literacy today announces a new partnership with the ... work with ACAP’s member Safety Net Health Plans, those that provide comprehensive health ...
(Date:3/30/2021)... ... ... Dr. Colin Campbell is proud to announce the 1 year anniversary in their new state ... internal medicine and is a primary care specialist who has been practicing for 23 years. ... keep South Jersey healthy one patient at a time. , “Over the past year, Dr. ...
(Date:3/30/2021)... ... March 30, 2021 , ... The COVID-19 ... and survivors; their families; and their caregivers. Crossroads4Hope is addressing the needs of ... emotional support system, MyGo2Support, which meets needs of people impacted by cancer, no ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/30/2021)... ... March 29, 2021 , ... The University of Texas Health Science Center ... San Antonio Multispecialty and Research Hospital, a destination center for research and treatment of ... In a nod to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony was held virtually. , William ...
(Date:3/30/2021)... ... March 29, 2021 , ... Iora Health ... primary care, has partnered with Devoted Health , one of the fastest-growing ... across Maricopa County and provides seniors with the highest-quality care and experience possible, ...
(Date:3/30/2021)... CITY (PRWEB) , ... March 29, 2021 , ... ... has joined the Vaccine Credential Initiative (VCI), a group bringing together leading health ... record of vaccination status, based on open, interoperable standards. By joining the VCI ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: