Link between stress hormone and PSTD in women.


Los Angeles Times (online version) reports that according to a new study there is a link between post-traumatic stress disorder and stress hormone in women. The study, “conducted in part at Emory University in Atlanta, was published Wednesday in the journal Nature. Researchers tested 64 people who had experienced significant trauma in noncombat settings. In women but not men, they found a link between PTSD and high levels of a hormone called pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide produced in response to stress”.

Bloomberg.com adds that “the team also found that, due to genetic variations, PTSD may be triggered by different biological pathways in women and men. The finding that PACAP levels are an indicator of PTSD symptoms may lead to new ways to diagnose and treat PTSD and other anxiety disorders, the study authors noted”.

The study was conducted by Dr. Kerry Ressler from Emory University.

By Patricia Rivero.
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