Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Biology and Health Inequality
PLoS Biology has ventured beyond its usual fare to publish several articles focusing on poverty, human development, and the environment. This article is from Eric Brunner. He points out several studies that demonstrate a direct psychosocial pathway to disease. It's precis: "Intriguing parallels between civil servant and nonhuman primate hierarchies suggest that highly stratified societies foster health inequalities. Determining how social differences translate into chronic disease remains a challenge, but neuroendocrine pathways appear to play a role."