Genetic Predictors of Depressive Symptoms in the Look AHEAD Trial

McCaffery, Jeanne M.; Papandonatos, George D.; Faulconbridge, Lucy F.; More

Psychosomatic Medicine . 77(9):982-992, November/December 2015.

Self-Rated Health in Healthy Adults and Susceptibility to the Common Cold

Cohen, Sheldon; Janicki-Deverts, Denise; Doyle, William J.

Psychosomatic Medicine . 77(9):959-968, November/December 2015.

Poor global self-ratings of health are predictive of adverse health outcomes. Cohen et al. analyzed data on self-rated health and their association with susceptibility to a common cold virus. The results, in healthy adults aged 18 to 55, showed that poorer self-ratings of health were associated with an increased risk of developing a cold when exposed to a common cold virus. The findings contribute to growing evidence that self-rated health is an important indicator of disease risk, even in healthy young and middle-aged adults.