An investigation of hair cortisol concentration across body sites and within hair shaft

Sharpley, Christopher F. and Kauter, Kathleen G. and McFarlane, James R. (2010) An investigation of hair cortisol concentration across body sites and within hair shaft. Clinical Medicine Insights: Endocrinology and Diabetes, 3. pp. 17-23.

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Cortisol concentrations in hair collected from young male and female adults were assayed and compared for differences
along shaft length and between body sites. No significant differences were found between hair shaft sites, supporting a model of the hair shaft as 'alive' and responsive to environmental demand in terms of cortisol production. Hair taken from forearms had significantly higher concentrations of cortisol than hair from lower legs, suggesting a localized hair cortisol response and verifying previous findings. Issues of the link between central and peripheral HPA axes are raised for discussion and further investigation.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © the author(s), publisher and licensee Libertas Academica Ltd. This is an open access article. Unrestricted non-commercial use is permitted provided the original work is properly cited.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 01 Jan 2011 23:35
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2014 05:24
Uncontrolled Keywords: cortisol; hair; stress; peripheral HPA axis
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
06 Biological Sciences > 0606 Physiology > 060699 Physiology not elsewhere classified
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1116 Medical Physiology > 111699 Medical Physiology not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4137/CMED.S4465

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