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Psychological Stress and Disease
journal contributionposted on 2007-10-01, 00:00 authored by Sheldon CohenSheldon Cohen, Denise DevertsDenise Deverts, Gregory Miller
Despite widespread public belief that psychological stress leads to disease, the biomedical community remains skeptical of this conclusion. In this Commentary, we discuss the plausibility of the belief that stress contributes to a variety of disease processes and summarize the role of stress in 4 major diseases: clinical depression, cardiovascular disease (CVD), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/AIDS, and cancer.