Research links family time to weakened immune system

December 28, 2009 2:58:46 PM PST
It turns out all that quality time with the whole family over the holidays may not be such a great idea even if you're spending it on a beach. If you've ever felt like the stress of seeing your extended family was slowly killing you, you may be right.

Researchers in Connecticut found a link to the nervous system responsible for the fight-or-flight response. It also controls cells used to end an immune response once a foreign invader has been removed or destroyed.

All that family time can trigger the fight-or-flight response and can lead to the development of auto-immune disorders.

The research appears in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology.