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Fight-or-flight response linked to chronic stress disorders – study

Friday 6 March 2009

Kitten roar The Gateway reports on a study currently underway investigating the possibility of successfully treating a dysfunctional hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis in ways that haven’t been tried before:

“Merging the fields of engineering with medicine, researchers at the University of Alberta have introduced an unconventional perspective on severely disabling chronic stress disorders with their novel treatment proposal.

Collaborating with several clinical co-investigators in the United States, the U of A research team used numerical simulations to model the body’s “fight-or-flight” mechanism that is normally activated by the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis during stress.

They discovered that chronic stress conditions persist in patients due to homeostatic mechanisms, an internal system that maintains a constant state within the body. In situations of chronic stress, the body adapts to these conditions by establishing a new equilibrium state, where all opposing systems are balanced.”

The full article is here:

The Gateway: Fight-or-flight response linked to chronic stress disorders­—study



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