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.READ MORE: New Jersey Forest Fire Service Battling Active 70-Acre Wildfire In Bass River State Forest
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.READ MORE: Study: Pennsylvania Among Most Effective States At Combating COVID-19
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.MORE NEWS: Tax Day Is Monday May 17: Here's Everything You Need To Know About Filing Your 2020 Taxes
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.