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Metabolism: A new link between marital stress, depression and health

Monday, October 20, 2014 -
9:30am to 10:30am

When psychologist Jan Kiecolt-Glaser encountered nutritional studies showing that high-fat meals can cause inflammation, she wondered what might happen if you added stress to the equation. Now a series of experiments suggests that marital stress and clinical depression can affect health in ways never before studied. 

Martha Belury, who studies cancer and nutrition, is one of the collaborators who have joined Kiecolt-Glaser in looking at metabolic links that may be important in assessing risk for obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

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