An article in Drug Discovery and Development reports on a new study which found that long-term changes in immune function caused by childhood trauma may explain vulnerability to a variety of health problems later in life. Previous research has shown that childhood trauma increases vulnerability to several psychiatric disorders – including depression, anxiety, psychosis and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – as well as several chronic physical health problems. This new study found that specific types of trauma – such as physical, emotional, or sexual abuse – affected different biomarkers of inflammation in different ways, making it easier to identify victims of childhood trauma who are at an increased risk for physical or mental health problems later in life. To read this article in its entirety, click here.