8 December 2008

HSV1 (cold sore virus) linked to Alzheimer's disease

Cold sore virus linked to Alzheimer’s disease: new treatment, or even vaccine possible
University of Manchester via ScienceDaily: 7 December 2008
The virus behind cold sores is a major cause of the insoluble protein plaques found in the brains of Alzheimer's disease sufferers, University of Manchester researchers have revealed.

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. … > full story : The Australia : review by NHS Knowledge Service

updated: 13 December 2008

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