Catecholamine activity and reported morbidity.

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H. William Gruchow, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Urinary VMA levels were measured in relation to the reporting of morbidity in an attempt to determine whether altered catecholamine activity is related to specific disease syndromes, or is a general characteristic of morbidity. The cross-sectional data show elevated VMA levels to be associated with the reporting of chronic disease conditions; non-chronic conditions and affective disorders were associated with lower VMA values, Although these findings are interpreted as supporting the hypothesis that psycho-social stimuli acting through the sympathetic-adrenal medullary system may be important in the etiology of chronic disease conditions, alternative explanations are discussed and the need for further longitudinal studies indicated.

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Journal of Chronic Disease, 29:773-783, 1976.
Language: English
Date: 1976
Catecholamine, Morbidity, VMA levels, Urinary system

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