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Stress Compromises Immune System

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(Dr. Brian McDonough) Dr. Brian McDonough
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - There is a great study from Carnegie Mellon looking at the role of stress on inflammation in the body.

The report found that those who were experiencing a prolonged stressful situation had immune systems that were unable to control inflammation in their body and subsequently developed the common cold.

According to the scientists, stress leads to the inability of the immune system to control inflammation and thus makes us less able to fight disease.

We are very early in studies like this and it is hard to pinpoint various conditions that are affected but there is no doubt that psychological stress can play a major role in all illnesses that are severe or not so severe.