Stress Might Age the Immune System, New Study Finds (New York Times)

New York Times featured a study by Eric Klopack and Eileen Crimmins on how exposure to social stress can speed up the aging of the immune system. Klopack also discussed the study in a column for the Conversation. “Less aged immune systems are better able to fight infections and generate protective immunity from vaccines,” he wrote. “Immunosenescence may help explain why people are likely to have more severe cases of COVID-19 and a weaker response to vaccines as they age. Understanding what influences immune aging may help researchers better address age-related disparities in health and illness.”