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Special Issue "Exposome Pressure on Immune Fitness: the Impact of Lifestyle Factors"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Global Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2020) | Viewed by 7734
Special Issue Editor
2. Centre for Human Psychopharmacology, Swinburne University, Melbourne, VIC 3122, Australia
Interests: immune fitness; COVID-19; mood; sleep; alcohol; hangover
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Special Issue Information
Exposome pressure refers to all exposures that may influence (the developmental origins of) health and disease. The exposome was conceptualized as being complementary to the genome and includes a broad range of diverse environmental and behavioral influences, ranging from air pollution, chemicals, food, stress, to alcohol and drug use. Whereas the genome is a relative static factor contributing to health and disease, the presence or absence of environmental stressors and lifestyle factors resulting in exposome pressure can vary significantly throughout life, starting at conception, early life, and affecting health and disease status until death.
Immune fitness has been defined as a state where an individual’s immune system is resilient, having an inbuilt capacity to adapt to challenges by establishing, maintaining, and regulating an appropriate immune response in order to promote health and prevent disease. Lifestyle factors such as alcohol consumption, smoking, drug use, sleep habits, physical activity, and exercise and dietary nutrient intake are examples of exposome pressure that can have a significant impact on immune fitness. This Special Issue focuses on exposome pressure on immune fitness, with a specific focus on these lifestyle factors.
Immune status can be accessed via biomarkers (e.g., cytokines), but increasingly important is the concept of ‘perceived immune fitness’, as this subjective individual judgment is often the ultimate reference for patients to decide whether or not to pose demands on healthcare and/or absenteeism or presenteeism at work. Reduced immune fitness has been related to higher susceptibility for disease and may increase the risk for accidents at work, as it can be accompanied by a cognitive state characterized by weakness, reduced alertness, and inattention. Thus, reduced (perceived) immune fitness can have serious socioeconomic consequences.
This Special Issue invites articles demonstrating how lifestyle factors can negatively or positively affect immune fitness, and its socioeconomic and biobehavioral consequences. Also of interest are investigations into the relationship between subjective (e.g., questionnaires) and objective assessment (e.g., biomarkers) of immune status and exposure, and tools and technologies on how to monitor or assess these.
Dr. Joris C Verster
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Immune fitness
- Lifestyle factors
- Physical activity