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Cortisol is a hormone made by the adrenal cortex (the outer layer of the adrenal gland). It helps the body use glucose (a sugar), protein, and fats. Cortisol made in the laboratory is called hydrocortisone. It is used to treat many conditions, including inflammation, allergies, and some cancers. Cortisol is a type of glucocorticoid hormone.
Humanitarian program decreases stress hormone levels in adolescents affected by war

Humanitarian program decreases stress hormone levels in adolescents affected by war

Study finds common contraceptive shot may increase HIV risk

Study finds common contraceptive shot may increase HIV risk

Partner's scent can help reduce stress levels, research finds

Partner's scent can help reduce stress levels, research finds

Popular contraceptive shot may raise risk of HIV infection

Popular contraceptive shot may raise risk of HIV infection

Study investigates link between cortisol levels of ICU patients’ family members and anxiety

Study investigates link between cortisol levels of ICU patients’ family members and anxiety

Researchers find high levels of stress hormone cortisol in pregnant women with PTSD

Researchers find high levels of stress hormone cortisol in pregnant women with PTSD

Scientists find link between physical contact and gut bacteria in red-bellied lemurs

Scientists find link between physical contact and gut bacteria in red-bellied lemurs

Newborn babies exhibit a heightened response to pain when under stress

Newborn babies exhibit a heightened response to pain when under stress

Mental illness linked to early childhood adversity may be passed to next generation

Mental illness linked to early childhood adversity may be passed to next generation

Prenatal maternal stress affects size of the baby, study finds

Prenatal maternal stress affects size of the baby, study finds

Women who experience stressful events are more likely to be obese, say researchers

Women who experience stressful events are more likely to be obese, say researchers

Higher hair cortisol levels during pregnancy could be indicator of postpartum depression

Higher hair cortisol levels during pregnancy could be indicator of postpartum depression

Research suggests possibility of preventing and treating Parkinson's disease using licorice extract

Research suggests possibility of preventing and treating Parkinson's disease using licorice extract

Menopausal hormone therapy may protect women from stress' negative effects on memory

Menopausal hormone therapy may protect women from stress' negative effects on memory

WVU neuroscientist explores need for greater rigor in mindfulness research

WVU neuroscientist explores need for greater rigor in mindfulness research

Jealousy study in pair-bonded monkeys offers insight into human emotions and behavior

Jealousy study in pair-bonded monkeys offers insight into human emotions and behavior

Scientists unravel mechanism that links gut bacteria to hypertension

Scientists unravel mechanism that links gut bacteria to hypertension

Psychology research: Stress reduces our ability to predict new dangers

Psychology research: Stress reduces our ability to predict new dangers

Research deepens understanding of interconnection between nervous and immune system

Research deepens understanding of interconnection between nervous and immune system

Wearable technology launched by egg health allows first person patient insight

Wearable technology launched by egg health allows first person patient insight