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Alzheimer's virus link; In association with the NHS North of Tyne.

THE virus behind cold sores may be linked to Alzheimer's, research has found.

Scientists at the University of Manchester The University of Manchester is a university located in Manchester, England. With over 40,000 students studying 500 academic programmes, more than 10,000 staff and an annual income of nearly £600 million it is the largest single-site University in the United Kingdom and receives  found the virus behind cold sores, herpes simplex virus Herpes simplex virus
A virus that can cause fever and blistering on the skin, mucous membranes, or genitalia.

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herpes simplex virus
 type 1, was a major cause of the protein plaques found in brains of Alzheimer's patients. Their research, published in the Journal of Pathology, suggests the virus could be a significant factor in developing the disease.

They also claim Alzheimer's disease could be treated by antiviral agents already used to treat cold sores and herpes virus-caused conditions.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 15, 2008
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