Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Psychoneuroimmunology: What Is It and Can It Help Me?

Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) is the scientific study of the interaction among emotions the brain, and the immune system, some of the body's most complex systems. It springs from healing traditions that are both ancient and modem, Eastern and Western. The emotions (the psyche), the neurological system (the brain, spinal cord, and other nervous system organs), the immensely complex immune system and the various interactions of these systems offer much that, when understood, can prove fascinating and useful to people with cancer.

The Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society is an international organization for researchers in a number of scientific and medical disciplines including psychology, neurosciences, immunology, pharmacology, psychiatry, behavioral medicine, infectious diseases, endocrinology and rheumatology, who are interested in interactions between the nervous system and the immune system, and the relationship between behavior and health.

Association for the Advancement of Applied Psychoneuroimmunology
The UCLA Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology
Psychosocial and behavioral influences on immunity and immune-mediated disease
Effects of psychological and mind-body interventions on immune-mediated diseas
Action of cytokines to regulate behavior and neuroendocrine function

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