Concentration of cortisol in human hair under rest and pain conditions

Sharpley, Christopher F. and Kauter, Kathleen G. and McFarlane, James R. (2010) Concentration of cortisol in human hair under rest and pain conditions. In: 30th Annual Meeting of Australian Neuroscience/Australian Physiological Society, 31 Jan-3 Feb 2010, Sydney, Australia.

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Four investigations were conducted into the concentration and responsivity of cortisol in adult human hair. Concentration across body sites (n = 10 males) varied significantly, with highest values in the arms, followed by legs, with the scalp being lowest. However, concentrations within-shaft from a single site were significantly correlated in longer female (n = 12) hair. Two studies of concentration changes following 1 min immersion in ice water (0°C to 4°C) were also conducted. The first study (n = 3 males) showed immediate, brief and localized increases in cortisol from hair on the immersed forearm but not from hair on the opposite lower leg. The second study (n = 5 males) showed further localization of hair cortisol changes along the forearm, with independent responses being observed in areas only 250mm apart. These results are considered within a model of localized anti-inflammatory hair cortisol responses to trauma and add to our knowledge of the peripheral cortisol synthesis system in human hair.

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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2014 02:16
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2016 23:24
Uncontrolled Keywords: human hair; adult; anti-inflammatory; cortisol
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

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