Herpes Simplex Virus Tied To Alzheimer’s Risk

Herpes Simplex Virus Tied To Alzheimer’s Risk
Herpes Simplex Virus Tied To Alzheimer's RiskA novel study on the association between herpes simplex virus and Alzheimer's disease, entitled “Herpes simplex infection and the risk of Alzheimer's disease-A nested case-control study,” was recently published in the journal Alzheimer's & Dementia by Prof. Hugo Lövheim, from the Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Geriatric Medicine, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden, and colleagues. This new study demonstrates that the herpes simplex virus type 1 infection appears to increase the probability of developing Alzheimer's disease, the most common neurodegenerative disease. Herpes simplex virus type 1 has a high prevalence in humans. After the first infection, the virus remains in a dormant state in the body permanently, and can be reactivated when the infected person's immune system is weakened, causing the common mouth ulcer. The research team performed two large epidemiological studies where they confirmed the association between herpes simplex virus type 1 and the development of Alzheimer’s disease. The first study was based on data from the Betula project, a study on aging, memory and dementia that has been ong
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