Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

Social Status Affects Immune Health

Chronic social stress can affect your health:

Who’s Top Monkey? How Social Status Affects Immune Health

Social hierarchies among rhesus macaques give rise to differences in their ability to respond to bacterial and viral invaders

Catherine Caruso | November 24, 2016| Scientific American

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December 15, 2016 Posted by | health, sociology | , , , , | Leave a comment

Young men are natural fanatics

This fits in with the demographic forecasting where countries with large young populations (as many in the middle east are) are deemed more likely to be involved in uprisings / revolutions / wars.  Shouldn’t we be teaching this to all the children so they know what their hormones are doing to their brains?

What every dictator knows: young men are natural fanatics

Joe Herbert (Edited by Ed Lake) | 01 February, 2016| Aeon
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February 13, 2016 Posted by | behaviour, brain, decision making | , , , | Leave a comment

Misery Index

Low social status seems to activate genes associated with inflammation and the production of various immune-related cells and chemical signalling factors — sounds like low-level chronic stress to me.  It affects the responsiveness of the body to the glucocorticoids (stress) hormones.  Just from a blood test, scientists were able to predict the social status within 80% accuracy. Especially noteworthy is the discovery that all this stems from epigenetics.  From the print edition of The Economist, Apr 14th 2012:

Social status and health:Misery index

Low social status is bad for your health. Biologists are starting to understand why

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April 21, 2012 Posted by | behaviour, genes, health | , , , , | Leave a comment