Herpes Virus May Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

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Infection with the herpes simplex virus nearly doubles the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

Herpes simplex virus infection increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at Umeå University, Sweden, claim this in two studies in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common among the dementia diseases. In recent years research has increasingly indicated that there is a possible connection between infection with a common herpes virus, herpes simplex virus type 1, and Alzheimer’s disease.

The hypothesis which links the herpes virus and Alzheimer’s disease is based on the idea that a weakened immune system among the elderly creates opportunities for the virus to spread further to the brain. This can in turn start the process which results in Alzheimer’s disease.

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