The Great Recession and Immune Function

SSS health researcher Lydia Feinstein is among the authors of an article in The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences that describes an examination of associations between neighborhood-level recession indicators and thymic function (an immunological health indicator). Data from 277 participants in the Detroit Neighborhood Health Study suggest that increases in abandoned home prevalence and home foreclosures are associated with increases in thymic aging. Strong community ties appeared to buffer these effects, and associations were strongest in middle-income households, supporting the theory that this group is especially vulnerable. Other authors of the article include researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Virgen del Rocio University Hospital, and Boston University School of Public Health.

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