Herpes virus – is it the real culprit in dementia?


Posted on October 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

University of Manchester researchers say the virus behind cold sores is a major cause of the insoluble protein plaques found in the brains of Alzheimer’s disease sufferers.

They believe the herpes simplex virus is a significant factor in developing the debilitating disease and could be treated by antiviral agents such as acyclovir, which is already used to treat cold sores and other diseases caused by the herpes virus. Another future possibility is vaccination against the virus to prevent the development of the disease in the first place.


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