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Dale SK, Weber K, Cohen MH, Brody LR.  Abuse, nocturnal stress hormones, and coronary heart disease risk among women with HIV.  AIDS Care.  2017.

Higher norepinephrine/cortisol ratio was significantly related to higher Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) risk.  Recent sexual abuse, physical abuse, and domestic abuse were significantly related to higher CHD risk.  This association may involve dysregulation of multiple neurobiological systems.​

Rubin LH, …Weber KM, Cohen MH, Martin, EM, et al.  Perceived and post-traumatic stress are associated with decreased learning, memory and fluency in HIV-infected women.  AIDS 2017.

In the context of HIV, stress and PTSD were negatively associated with performance in learning, memory and fluency.  Stress and PTS symptoms are treatment targets to potentially improve cognitive performance particularly when HIV treatment is not optimal.​