Low Cortisol Levels May Connect to Increased Asthma Among Children in Low-Income Neighborhoods

An article published in the August edition of the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health explored whether characteristics associated with low socioeconomic status neighborhoods may put children at risk for unique chronic stressors that affect cortisol levels. This research sought to explore whether neighborhood stressor exposure affected serum cortisol levels among children. The authors concluded that children who are exposed to negative socio-environmental climates over time are more likely to have altered serum cortisol levels. This may be an adaptive mechanism to cope with stress; however, disrupted cortisol levels may have negative effects on general physical and mental health. To access the abstract, click here.