Alzheimer's Disease may be caused by the herpes simplex 1 virus.

The virus behind cold sores is a major cause of the insoluble protein plaques found in the brains of Alzheimer's disease sufferers, University of Manchester researchers have revealed.

They believe the herpes simplex virus is a significant factor in developing the debilitating disease and could be treated by antiviral agents such as acyclovir, which is already used to treat cold sores and other diseases caused by the herpes virus. Another future possibility is vaccination against the virus to prevent the development of the disease in the first place.

If antiviral medications can stop the virus then we could cure Alzheimer's at the source rather than just treating the symptoms.

(HT: RD.)

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