Immunity

Publication Title: 
Health Psychology: Official Journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association

This article reviews evidence for the hypothesis that psychological interventions can modulate the immune response in humans and presents a series of models depicting the psychobiological pathways through which this might occur. Although more than 85 trials have been conducted, meta-analyses reveal only modest evidence that interventions can reliably alter immune parameters. The most consistent evidence emerges from hypnosis and conditioning trials. Disclosure and stress management show scattered evidence of success. Relaxation demonstrates little capacity to elicit immune change.

Author(s): 
Miller, G. E.
Cohen, S.
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Chinese Medicine

The objective of this review was to summarize and critically evaluate the clinical evidence of the effect of qigong exercise on immunity and its efficacy in the prevention or treatment of infectious diseases. Thirteen databases were searched from their respective inceptions through January 2011, and all controlled clinical trials of qigong exercise on immunity and infections were included. Quality and validity of the included studies were evaluated using standard scales.

Author(s): 
Wang, Chong-Wen
Ng, Siu-man
Ho, Rainbow T. H.
Ziea, Eric T. C.
Wong, Vivian C. W.
Chan, Cecilia L. W.
Publication Title: 
Tijdschrift Voor Gerontologie En Geriatrie

Ageing in immune reactivity is described at the level of lymphoid cells, at that of lymphoid organs and organ function, and at that of regulation of cell and organ function. Apart from shifts in numbers of lymphoid cell subpopulations, the decrease in communication capacity between lymphoid cell populations and in binding of invaders (like bacteria) is an important aspect of ageing. These aspects may contribute to the decreased immune reactivity to invaders and the enhanced incidence of immune reactions to self-components (autoimmune reactivity).

Author(s): 
Schuurman, H. J.
Lokhorst, H. M.
Publication Title: 
Best Practice & Research. Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

Sex differences in lifespan exist world-wide, with women outliving men by more than a decade in some countries. The gender gap is not a uniquely human phenomenon; most sexually reproducing species examined show sex differences in patterns of ageing, yet a comprehensive explanation does not exist. Here, we discuss how ageing responds to natural selection on traits that arise as a consequence of sexuality.

Author(s): 
Regan, Jennifer C.
Partridge, Linda
Publication Title: 
Best Practice & Research. Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

Sex differences in lifespan exist world-wide, with women outliving men by more than a decade in some countries. The gender gap is not a uniquely human phenomenon; most sexually reproducing species examined show sex differences in patterns of ageing, yet a comprehensive explanation does not exist. Here, we discuss how ageing responds to natural selection on traits that arise as a consequence of sexuality.

Author(s): 
Regan, Jennifer C.
Partridge, Linda
Publication Title: 
Federation Proceedings
Author(s): 
Walford, R. L.
Publication Title: 
Geriatrics
Author(s): 
Kent, S.
Publication Title: 
Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Author(s): 
Young, V. R.
Publication Title: 
Terapevticheski? Arkhiv
Author(s): 
Mazharov, M. K.
Publication Title: 
Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Author(s): 
Makinodan, T.

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