Friday, July 28, 2006

Research: Developing longer journal names

For decades, scientists around the world have invested countless hours in the lab developing journals with longer and longer names, creating new branches of existing areas of research and fusing existing disciplines into new, longer names. Recently, the creation of lengthier taxonomies seemed to be stalled. However, scientists are heralding a breakthrough: translating existing names into German has yielded exponential growth. For example:

Bundesgesundheitsblatt Gesundheitsforschung Gesundheitsschutz. 2006 Jul 27
Psychoneuroimmunology. The relationship between stress, immune system and health.Schulz KH, Gold S.
Universitatsklinikum Eppendorf, Transplantationszentrum und Institut fur Medizinische Psychologie, Martinistrasse 52, Gebaude S35, 20246, Hamburg, BRD,

I wonder how "psychoneuroimmunology" translates.
Actually, the abstract is kinda interesting:
Interdisciplinary psychoneuroimmunological (PNI) research increasingly demonstrates clinically relevant interrelations between psychological stressors and the onset or progression of chronic diseases. Disturbances of the bi-directional interaction between the nervous system, the immune system and the endocrine system have been hypothesized to be implicated in several diseases. Here, we review evidence from psychoneuroimmunology within the theoretical framework of allostatic load to conceptualize some of these associations. Interdisciplinary PNI research investigating the importance of psychological stress for the higher incidence of infections, decreased responses to vaccinations and delayed wound healing is reviewed. Furthermore, the literature supporting similar associations with regard to progression of oncological diseases and autoimmune disorders is reviewed with a focus on breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. The accumulating evidence regarding the importance of neuroendocrine-immune interaction in these diseases may thus lead to novel insights into pathogenetic mechanisms and could contribute to the development of novel preventive and therapeutic strategies.


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