Researches Indicate That Herpes Infection Doubles Risk Of Alzheimer’s Disease

As we grow older change in memory occurs normally but the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are far more than simple memory losses. It is the most common form of dementia and there is no cure for the disease and it worsens as it progresses.

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People suffering from Alzheimer’s disease experience difficulties in the thought process. They experience sever problems in communication, learning and reasoning that have serious impact on the work, family and social life of the individual.

Correlation between Alzheimer and Herpes

As there seems to be no clear-cut distinction between changes due to ageing and warning signs, the scientists have been working on finding the cause of having Alzheimer’s disease for long and studies conducted indicate that herpes can double the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Studies conducted strongly points out towards a strong connection between infection of common herpes simplex virus type 1 and Alzheimer’s disease.

“The results clearly indicate a very close link between infections of herpes simplex virus and the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease opening new possibilities to have treatment to stop the disease.”

said professor Hugo Lövheim of Virology and a member of the team that conducted the studies.

Herpes Simplex Type 1 is a virus can remain in the body’s nervous system in a dormant state indefinite period after infection. The studies that co-relates the herpes virus and Alzheimer’s disease is based on the fact that the weak immune system of the neonates helps the virus to spread further to the brain and can in turn start the process that results in Alzheimer’s disease.

“It was thought that when the disease was dormant there is a truce but it turns out that the virus is waking up more often than we could guess, though our cells are constantly pushing it down. And the surprise came when the virus were found to be active in some cells, though it was not same for all the cells. The hosts cells were found to respond most strongly”

said Associate Professor David Tscharke.

Herpes Simplex Type 1 virus causes cold sores on the mouth. The findings could open new opportunities and also give researchers insights into the reasons for cold sores flaring up sporadically. Various studies on ageing, memory and dementia indicate that herpes infection increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

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