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Could herpes virus help cause alzheimer's?
10-29-2018, 04:53 PM #1
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Quote:(HealthDay)—There's growing evidence that the herpes virus responsible for cold sores also may cause Alzheimer's disease, a new research paper contends.
It's been long known that herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV1) can been found in the brains of elderly people with Alzheimer's disease, and research has shown that herpes increases Alzheimer's risk in people genetically predisposed to dementia, said researcher Ruth Itzhaki.
Newer data suggest that treating people with antiviral drugs might actually protect them from dementia, said Itzhaki, a professor of neuroscience at the University of Manchester in England.
"We found that the antiherpes antiviral drug acyclovir blocks HSV1 DNA replication, and reduces levels of beta amyloid and of P-tau caused by HSV1 infection of cell cultures," Itzhaki said. Beta amyloid plaques and tangles of tau proteins are two of the hallmarks found in the brains of Alzheimer's patients.
But the effect that herpes may have on the brain is not yet fully understood, and it's unlikely that the virus alone can explain all cases of Alzheimer's, said James Hendrix, director of global science initiatives for the Alzheimer's Association.
Hendrix noted that half of all adults carry the herpes simplex 1 virus.

More@ medicalxpress.com

Fascinating developments in understanding Alzheimer's disease, my Aunt has it and she went downhill fast.

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10-31-2018, 09:05 PM #2
Octo Mother Superior
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It's a horrible disease especially for the family members sad2.gif
10-31-2018, 10:18 PM #3
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Yes... like losing family when they are still physically alive.

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İmage
10-31-2018, 10:41 PM #4
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Unfortunately Alzheimer's disease is often times misdiagnosed or rather the "go to" diagnosis when symptoms of dementia occur.
Years ago, my Dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and was part of a research project using state of the art medications aimed for a cure.
He eventually died this summer and researchers preformed an autopsy to determine the effectiveness of the new medicine upon the brain.
The results of the autopsy revealed that he hadn't had Alzheimer's at all and that the years of treatment had been in vain.
It was determined that he actually had a severe cerebral vascular disease, whereby blood vessels in the brain could not supply enough blood to support cell function or growth.
I suppose the doctors merely observed the symptoms and came to that conclusion and diagnosis, but they were wrong.
Typical.
What a waste.

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10-31-2018, 10:45 PM #5
Octo Mother Superior
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I'm sorry to hear that. My sympathies.
10-31-2018, 11:11 PM #6
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(10-31-2018, 10:45 PM)Octo Wrote:  I'm sorry to hear that. My sympathies.
thx
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He lived a long and wonderful life, it's all good.
İmage

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11-02-2018, 09:51 PM #7
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My condolences TU hug.gif My Granny had dementia and it really took a toll on my mom who was taking care of her. sad2.gif She aged twenty years in five years.
11-02-2018, 10:18 PM #8
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(11-02-2018, 09:51 PM)Elegant Fail Wrote:  My condolences TU  hug.gif  My Granny had dementia and it really took a toll on my mom who was taking care of her. sad2.gif She aged twenty years in five years.

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