Sunday, December 7, 2008

Cold sore virus could cause Alzheimer's
The virus that causes cold sores may be a major cause of Alzheimer's disease and existing drugs could be used to treat the degenerative condition, researchers have claimed.
By Laura Donnelly, Health Correspondent
British scientists had already identified a link between the cold sore virus - known as herples simplex virus 1 (HSV1) - and Alzheimer's, the most common form of dementia, affecting more than 400,000 people in Britain.

Previous trials had found the virus was often present in the DNA of patients with Alzheimer's, but different theories have been posed about why this might be so. The new research, published in the Journal of Pathology, adds weight to the theory that HSV1 could be a major cause of Alzheimer's; it found that the virus was most often found within the protein plaques in the brain which are believed to be the disease's main cause
Scientists from the University of Manchester said their early findings suggested the cold sore virus was present in 60 per cent of cases of Alzheimer's.

Although they were not able to prove that the virus had caused the disease, their study concluded the whole story
Could this be true or is it just coincidence
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1 comment:

Joanne said...

Hi interesting research now they need to get together with the following.

Research by Judith Miklossy is fascinating*session*id*key*=*session*id*val*

Alzheimer's disease and type 2 diabetes suggest that infection and local inflammation may play an important role in these chronic age related disorders.

There may also be some involvement of the adaptive immune system. Further investigations are essential since a parallel use of antibacterial and anti inflammatory drugs may prevent or slow down the disease progression.

The realization that pathogens can produce slowly progressive chronic diseases has opened new lines of research into Alzheimer’s disease.

The fact that pathogens may suppress, subvert or evade host defences and establish chronic or latent infection has received little attention in the past.

Treatment of a bacterial infection and associated viral infection may result in regression and, if started early, prevention of disease. The impact on reducing healthcare costs would be substantial.”

Other interesting research

SAN DIEGO – (December 3, 2008) A research team led by the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology and Albany Medical College has illuminated the important role of natural killer (NK) T cells in Lyme disease, demonstrating that the once little understood white blood cells are central to clearing the bacterial infection and reducing the intensity and duration of arthritis associated with Lyme disease.

Thanks so much for this work they will all get there soon. I have suffered from Chronic Lyme Disease but after 2 years of antibiotics can again walk around without pain. Hopefully I won't develop Alzheimer's, but know there is a higher risk so good luck with your research.

Joanne Guildford Surrey

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