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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 found the virus behind cold sores, 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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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 15, 2008
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