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  • Common Herpes Virus Could Cause 50 Percent of Alzheimer's Disease Cases, Expert Says

    Source: https://www.newsweek.com/common-herp...-cases-1171777

    Common Herpes Virus Could Cause 50 Percent of Alzheimer's Disease Cases, Expert Says
    By Kashmira Gander On 10/19/18 at 5:00 AM

    The herpes virus, which triggers cold sores, could be the cause of at least half of the cases of Alzheimer’s disease, a leading expert concluded after reviewing existing data on the neurodegenerative condition...

    ...Ruth Itzhaki, a professor in the Division of Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology at the University of Manchester, U.K., has spent more than two decades studying whether herpes and Alzheimer’s disease are linked. On Friday, she published her latest findings in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.

    She said in a statement: "HSV1 could account for 50 percent or more of Alzheimer's disease cases.” However, she told Newsweek: "Despite the involvement of a virus, the [Alzheimer's] disease is apparently not contagious."

    Previously, Itzhaki found that those who carry the gene variant APOE-e4 experienced more severe effects from the herpes virus, and each reawakening of HSV1 could gradually wear away at the brain until symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease develop. Her research group has also found HSV1 in the brains of elderly people...


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