Study Finds Parental Stress Triggers Depression Related Immune Changes Across Generations

A recent study by Benjamin C. Nephew, PhD, documents transgenerational effects of social stress on the immune systems and suggests that immune-based interventions may be effective at preventing or treating disorders such as depression, anxiety, and asthma in depressed mothers, their children, and future generations.

Mother and Child

Animal Acupuncture

Xuân Mai Võ, J97, Vo2, a clinical assistant professor who teaches anatomy at Cummings School, offers some guidance to pet owners.

The Great Tiger Skeleton Puzzle

Jack Hawkes, MA, DVM had veterinary students in his natural history class learn anatomy by reconstructing a Bengal tiger’s skeleton. The project went on display after three years of work.

Hunters vs. Wildlife. Media Hype vs. Science

Director of the Center for Animals and Public Policy Allen Rutberg, PhD cuts through the rhetoric in the Time magazine cover story “America’s Pest Problem (Time to Cull the Herd).”

Dr. Elizabeth Byrnes

Drug Abuse and the Family Tree

Evidence continues to mount that a young woman’s life experiences—whether famine, PTSD or recreational drug or alcohol use—can affect a baby she delivers years later. These findings have major implications for understanding why addiction runs in families, which has long been attributed to socioeconomic factors or considered a byproduct of the psychological harm children suffer when they grow up in a household where there’s substance abuse.

Read more about Dr. Elizabeth M. Byrnes's work in the study of opioid use in adolescence

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