Research: COE and LUBACH,

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COE and LUBACH, Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin, 22 North Charter Street, Madison, WI 53175, USA,, write about critical periods of special health relevance for psychoneuroimmunology. Abstract: Psychological factors have an influence on immune function at any time in the lifespan of an animal or human. However there are critical periods when the implications for health may be greater. Based on research on nonhuman primates, the authors propose that there are two such periods: the foetal and neonatal stages of young infants with their immature immune systems, and also the age-related period of immune senescence in old people. It is concluded that special attention should be paid in psychoneuroimmunology to the age of the subjects studied.






Coe CL, Lubach GR. Critical periods of special health relevance for psychoneuroimmunology. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity 17 (1): 3-12, Feb 2003.

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