Chronic stress impacts genes, causes inflammation

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Stress: It’s a common, and sometimes unavoidable, affliction in the modern world. Adults and even sometimes children are faced with various pressures at school, work and home, whether it has to do with career, finances, loss or bereavement, bullying or social isolation.

Prolonged stress has been linked to many health problems, including premature aging and increased risk of stroke and other chronic illnesses. However, the way stress actually negatively affects our biological processes and physical well-being is still being investigated. A recent study out of the Ohio State University found that chronic stress can impact gene activity in immune cells, causing them to fire up to fight a nonexistent infection or trauma, leading to an overabundance of inflammation.

Read the full, original story here: How Happiness Affects Your Genes: Chronic Stress Primes Cells To Fight Nonexistent Infections, Causing Inflammation

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