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How do experiences of racial discrimination relate to HPA axis activity and the prevalence of chronic illnesses?

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Instances of racial discrimination activate the HPA axis, and this chronic activation may be related to the disproportionate prevalence of chronic illnesses in members of racial minority groups. Some studies have found a blunted cortisol concentration in African Americans, compared to Caucasians. However, it's unknown whether all members of racial minority groups have a blunted cortisol concentration, and how it relates... more »

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