2007-10-30 Depression may slow healing of mouth sores


(Reuters Health) - The healing of wounds in the mouth and on other mucous membranes appears to be slowed in people with a depressed mood, according to a report in Psychosomatic Medicine.

Mounting evidence suggests that psychosocial stress can delay wound healing, but the studies have literature almost exclusively pertained to skin wound healing, Dr. Phillip T. Marucha, of the University of Illinois at Chicago, and colleagues point out.(Read entire article)

2007-11-01 Mouth Wounds Slow to Heal if Depressed, Study Finds


Wounds in the mouth and other mucous membranes may take longer to heal if individuals are depressed, according to a new study.

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago examined the potential link between depression and its affect on the healing process of mucousal tissues.

In the study, 193 undergraduate students aged 18 to 31, who had high and low scores on standard tests for depression, were given a small, circular wound on the roof of their mouth under local anesthesia. A daily videograph monitored the healing process. On average, healing took about seven days. However, in the depressed subjects, healing took longer than seven days.(Read entire article)