Citation: Cooney CM 2011. StressPollution Interactions: An Emerging Issue in Children's Health Research. Environ Health Perspect 119:a430-a435. http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/ehp.119-a430
"Cumulative risk assessment posits that multiple agents work together to induce disease and that multiple stressors therefore must be considered in order to gain a true understanding of why adverse health effects occur.1 Now a small but growing number of scientists are pushing the envelope by investigating whether chronic psychological stress might be one of those factors, enhancing a child's vulnerability to certain chemical exposures and contributing to effects that later show up as asthma, neurodevelopmental disorders, cardiovascular disease, obesity, cancer, and other problems. These researchers are also starting to identify biomarkers that may shed light on the mechanisms by which psychological stress acts on a child's developing immune system and brain to modify or enhance the response to certain pollution exposures such as traffic-related air pollutants and lead."