Mohamed B. Abou-Donia, Ph.D., Professor, Pharmacology and Cancer Biology; Professor, Neurobiology
CREDIT: Duke University Medical Center
Stress is a well known culprit in disease, but now researchers have shown that stress can intensify the effects of relatively safe chemicals, making them very harmful to the brain and liver in animals and likely in humans, as well.
Even short-term exposure to specific chemicals -- just 28 days -- when combined with stress was enough to cause widespread cellular damage in the brain and liver of rats, said Mohamed Abou Donia, Ph.D., a Duke pharmacologist and senior author of the study.
Results of the study were published in the Feb. 27, 2004, issue of the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health.
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