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.
The stress hormone cortisol reduces altruistic behavior and alters activity in brain regions linked to social decision making -; but only in people who are better at imagining others' mental states, according to new research published in JNeurosci.
Inhaled cortical steroids (ICS) can help patients manage asthma symptoms, and recent updates to asthma treatment guidelines have expanded recommended, low-dose treatment.
Researchers reported the association of a single nucleotide polymorphism rs9984273 in the interferon-alpha/beta receptor gene with outcomes of acute respiratory distress syndrome and COVID-19.
Shift work is linked to poorer working memory and slower mental processing speed, finds a pooled data analysis of the available evidence, published online in Occupational & Environmental Medicine.
A new study reports finds very low aldosterone levels in a subset of COVID-19 patients.
A recent study assessed the impact of social isolation and loneliness during coronavirus disease 2019 lockdown.
The human body responds to stress, from the everyday to the extreme, by producing a hormone called cortisol.
As researchers continue to seek effective treatment options for menopause symptoms as alternatives to proven pharmacologic solutions, a number of innovative therapies have been shown to improve symptoms.
In this interview, we speak to Dr. Frank Scheer and Dr. Sarah Chellappa about their latest research that investigated the effect meal times has on glucose intolerance.
When it comes to the link between socioeconomic status and health, perception can be as important as reality. A study published by the American Psychological Association finds that new mothers who see themselves as lower on the socioeconomic ladder have worse health outcomes one year after their child's birth than new mothers who see themselves as higher status.
Childhood sexual abuse can lead to depression, anxiety, cardiovascular disease and other health problems later in life. Not all abused children experience these problems, however, and researchers are working to understand whose health is affected and why.
War veterans have helped scientists of South Ural State University identify biological indicators which signal whether people have a post-traumatic stress disorder or a susceptibility to it.
Hormonal changes during the menopause transition have been shown to affect a woman's gastrointestinal (GI) functions with some unpleasant results such as nausea, bloating, and abdominal pain.
A study published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry suggests that mothers' sensitive caregiving after giving birth may erase some of the negative effects of stress during pregnancy on newborns.
Women were more likely than men to report feeling stigmatized about abdominal fat, regardless of their body mass index or weight, according to preliminary research to be presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2021.
In this interview, News-Medical speaks to research associate Dr. Alessandra Stangherlin about her latest research that provided new insights into the circadian rhythm of the heart.
In women who have experienced trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms may vary over the course of the menstrual cycle, with more symptoms during the first few days of the cycle when the hormone estradiol is low, and fewer symptoms close to ovulation, when estradiol is high, finds research published by the American Psychological Association.
New research on obesity and chronic pain in adolescents uncovers sex differences with troubling implications for female teenagers with these conditions.
A team of scientists in Montreal and Paris has succeeded in identifying the gene responsible for the development of a food-dependent form of Cushing's Syndrome, a rare disease affecting both adrenal glands.
A study published in the journal Clinical Nutrition provides new knowledge on the health effects of a diet rich in nuts.