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.

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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.

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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.

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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.