Biology and health inequality

PLoS Biol. 2007 Oct 23;5(11):e267. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0050267.

Abstract

Intriguing parallels between civil servant and nonhuman primate hierarchies suggest that highly stratified societies foster health inequalities. Determining how social differences translate into chronic disease remains a challenge, but neuroendocrine pathways appear to play a role.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / epidemiology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / physiopathology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / psychology
  • Female
  • Health*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Metabolic Syndrome / epidemiology
  • Metabolic Syndrome / physiopathology
  • Metabolic Syndrome / psychology
  • Psychophysiology
  • Risk Factors*
  • Socioeconomic Factors*
  • Stress, Physiological / physiopathology
  • Stress, Physiological / psychology