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Brain Behav Immun. 2002 Feb;16(1):1-16.

Psychoneuroimmunology of depression: clinical implications.

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Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, University of California, Los Angeles, California 90095-7057, USA.


Psychoneuroimmunology is a field that investigates the interactions between the brain and the immune system. One important goal of this field of research is to translate basic research in order to understand how behavior affects health and resistance to disease in humans. This review evaluates the impact of depression on morbidity and mortality risk and asks whether neuroimmune mechanisms contribute to this association. Examples are drawn from three diseases: cardiovascular disease, infectious disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. Finally, the potential for biobehavioral interventions to impact psychological adaptation and the course of immune related disease is discussed.

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