Washington: A new Ohio University study has suggested that dwelling on negative events can increase levels of inflammation in the body.Researchers found that when study participants were asked to ruminate on a stressful incident, their levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of tissue inflammation, rose.The study is the first time to directly measure this effect in the body."Much of the past work has looked at this in non-experimental designs. Researchers have asked people to report their tendency to ruminate, and then looked to see if it connected to physiological issues. It`s been correlational for the most part," said Peggy Zoccola, an assistant professor of psychology at Ohio University and lead author on the new study.The research team recruited 34 healthy young women to participate in the project. Each woman was asked to give a speech about her candidacy for a job to two interviewers in white laboratory coats, who listened with stone-faced expressions, Zoccola said.
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