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    Dear List, Please find some studies and research below. Sincerely, Neil This may be heavy for survivors to read. Trauma immunological studies of abuse
    Message 1 of 1 , May 1, 2001
      Dear List,

      Please find some studies and research below.

      Sincerely, Neil

      This may be heavy for survivors to read.

      Trauma immunological studies of abuse survivors

      Antinuclear antibodies and thyroid function in sexually abused girls.- De
      Bellis MD, Burke L, Trickett PK, Putnam FW J Trauma Stress 1996 Apr;
      9(2):369-78 "14 sexually abused and 13 control girls, ages 8-15 years...a
      significantly higher incidence of plasma antinuclear antibody titers was seen
      in abused subjects when compared with the frequency of positive antinuclear
      antibody titers in a sample of 22 adult healthy female volunteers, ages 20-58
      years. These findings suggest that sexually abused girls may show evidence of
      an alteration in normal immune homeostatic function."

      Phenotype of blood lymphocytes in PTSD suggests chronic immune
      activation.Wilson SN, van der Kolk B, Burbridge J, Fisler R, Kradin R
      Psychosomatics 1999 May-Jun;40(3):222-5 - "Peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBL)
      of patients with PTSD associated with a history of childhood sexual abuse
      were examined for changes in immune phenotype.... These findings suggest the
      presence of increased lymphocyte activation in the PBL of patients with PTSD."

      Suppression of cellular immunity in men with a past history of posttraumatic
      stress disorder. Kawamura N, Kim Y, Asukai N Am J Psychiatry 2001 Mar;
      158(3):484-6 - "The number of lymphocytes, number of T cells, NK cell
      activity, and total amounts of IFN-gamma and IL-4 were significantly lower in
      the 12 men with a past history of PTSD... PTSD leaves a long-lasting
      immunosuppression and has long-term implications for health."

      Human immunodeficiency virus-infected adolescents: The first 50 patients in a
      New York City program. Futterman D, Hein K, Reuben N, Dell R, Shaffer N
      Pediatrics 1993 Apr;91(4):730-5 - "HIV-positive males were more likely than
      HIV-negative males to have engaged in anal intercourse and to report a
      history of sexual abuse."

      The Spectrum of Dissociative Disorders: An Overview of Diagnosis and
      Treatment by Joan A. Turkus, M.D. "Researchers and clinicians believe that
      dissociation is a common, naturally occurring defense against childhood
      trauma. Children tend to dissociate more readily than adults. Faced with
      overwhelming abuse, it is not surprising that children would psychologically
      flee (dissociate) from full awareness of their experience." The dissociative
      spectrum (Braun, 1988) extends from normal dissociation to poly-fragmented
      DID. All of the disorders are trauma-based, and symptoms result from the
      habitual dissociation of traumatic memories....The dissociated memory is
      alive and active--not forgotten, merely submerged (Tasman & Goldfinger,
      1991). Major studies have confirmed the traumatic origin of DID (Putnam,
      1989, and Ross, 1989), which arises before the age of 12 (and often before
      age 5) as a result of severe physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse."
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