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Can you catch Alzheimer's Disease?
The Dallas Disability Examiner ^ | October 26, 2009 | Steve Carter

Posted on 10/28/2009 1:37:17 PM PDT by hennie pennie

Alzheimer's caused by cold sore virus?

In a connection that sounds borderline preposterous, links have been accumulating between Alzheimer's disease and cold sores....Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1, a type that should not be confused with herpes symplex virus type 2 which is the cause of genital herpes. A growing body of research, suggests that the HSV-1 may also be responsible for the majority of Alzheimer's cases....

"There's clearly a very strong connection," says British researcher, Ruth Itzhaki, Ph.D., speaking one afternoon in her office at the University of Manchester, in northwestern England. A neurobiologist, Itzhaki has spent the better part of two decades studying the link between herpes and Alzheimer's. "I estimate that about 60 percent of Alzheimer's cases could be caused by the virus."

...Itzhaki and her colleague, Matthew Wozniak, Ph.D., published a study in which they searched for the presence of the herpes virus in people's brains. They found that it resided in 90 percent of the amyloid plaques.

"The link between herpes and Alzheimer's has been there for a while, but more people are starting to pay attention," says Howard Federoff, M.D., Ph.D., an expert on neurodegenerative diseases and the executive dean of the school of medicine at Georgetown University. "It's no longer just a curiosity."

(Excerpt) Read more at examiner.com ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: alzheimersdisease; coldsores; dementia; hsv1

1 posted on 10/28/2009 1:37:18 PM PDT by hennie pennie
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To: hennie pennie

I don’t remember.


2 posted on 10/28/2009 1:37:53 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: hennie pennie

What was the question?


3 posted on 10/28/2009 1:40:25 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: hennie pennie
Stupidity is both hereditary and contagious.
4 posted on 10/28/2009 1:43:54 PM PDT by tired1 (When the Devil eats you there's only one way out.)
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To: hennie pennie

Yet another reason to stay clean.


5 posted on 10/28/2009 1:49:22 PM PDT by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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To: hennie pennie
They have previously implicated Lyme Disease in Alzheimer's:

Plaques of Alzheimer's disease originate from cysts of Borrelia Burgdorferi - Google Search

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&num=50&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=Plaques+of+Alzheimer%27s+disease+originate+from+cysts+of+Borrelia+Burgdorferi%0D%0A

6 posted on 10/28/2009 1:56:25 PM PDT by hennie pennie
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To: rbg81

Chicken pox is the same virus as Herpes 1.

If you live outside a bubble, you get it.

Very little to do with “being clean.”


7 posted on 10/28/2009 1:58:47 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: hennie pennie
They found that it resided in 90 percent of the amyloid plaques.

What percentage of people in their 60s and older have that virus? If 90% of the total population has it, then it being in 90% of the plaques causing Alzheimer's isn't very significant.

8 posted on 10/28/2009 2:00:10 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Soon everyone will win a Nobel Peace Prize for not being George Bush...well, except for George Bush.)
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To: KarlInOhio

http://www.clickorlando.com/news/9283707/detail.html

STDs in Retirement Homes


9 posted on 10/28/2009 2:07:05 PM PDT by cowtowney
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To: rbg81
"Yet another reason to stay clean."

Easy to say. I have herpes simplex-1 from infancy. I was born in 1936 and can assure you that no one knew a thing about viruses back then. I do recall that my mother had cold sore outbreaks from time to time as do I. She died in her seventies and if she ever had anything resembling Alzheimers, it wasn't evident to me or anyone else in the family for that matter.

10 posted on 10/28/2009 2:08:34 PM PDT by davisfh ( Islam is a very serious mental and social illness)
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To: Jewbacca

Chicken pox is caused by the Varicella Zoster virus, a.k.a. Herpes Zoster. This virus is distinct from the two Herpes Simplex viruses.


11 posted on 10/28/2009 2:20:14 PM PDT by Rockingham
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To: Jewbacca

So are the shingles.


12 posted on 10/28/2009 2:22:24 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Waste and fraud are synonymous with gov't spending)
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To: KarlInOhio
I had never heard about any association of HSV-1 with Alzheimer's Disease, but evidentally there was a large slew of articles about it last December -- on google, there are thousands of articles -- it will be interesting to see further research about this.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=hsv-1+alzheimer%27s

13 posted on 10/28/2009 2:23:45 PM PDT by hennie pennie
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To: davisfh
I've read that it can be very dangerous in infancy, in fact, there was an article about a baby dying from HSV-1, here at FR.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2195681/posts

VERY sad story, the headline claimed the newborn was killed by her own mother's kiss...

14 posted on 10/28/2009 2:30:04 PM PDT by hennie pennie
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To: Rockingham

Your right. Shingles are from the chicken pox wich is Herpes Zoster.


15 posted on 10/28/2009 2:30:49 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Waste and fraud are synonymous with gov't spending)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

I am all too familiar with both: post-infectious chicken pox encephalitis as a child, and, decades later, shingles and years of post-herpetic neuralgia.


16 posted on 10/28/2009 2:41:26 PM PDT by Rockingham
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To: Rockingham

I can relate on the shingles. They suck.


17 posted on 10/28/2009 2:47:55 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Waste and fraud are synonymous with gov't spending)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

Mercifully, I recently found a remedy: high dose Vitamin D, some 4,000 I.U. per day in the dry form.


18 posted on 10/28/2009 2:57:54 PM PDT by Rockingham
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To: Rockingham

Glad you found relief. I, luckily didn’t have any lasting effects but I know people who did. I have wonderd if it could come back again though.


19 posted on 10/28/2009 3:12:28 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Waste and fraud are synonymous with gov't spending)
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To: hennie pennie

20 posted on 10/28/2009 3:13:03 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

It can, although such cases are said to be rare. I recommend high quality vitamin and mineral supplements. As we age, our immune systems and our ability to absorb nutrients both decline.


21 posted on 10/28/2009 3:22:25 PM PDT by Rockingham
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To: JoeProBono

All Your Herpes Are Belong To Us


22 posted on 10/28/2009 8:25:22 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: hennie pennie; rbg81
I imagine that an immature or compromised immune system could be devastated by herpes. In my case, I've always known that it is communicable and have avoided intimate contact such as mouth to mouth kissing during an outbreak. One can show affection with a simple hug and when members of the family understand the situation, it's not a problem. My wife and I have been married 54 years and we have a daughter who is now 42. By simply observing some simple precautions, neither of them have become infected.

I always know when an outbreak is about to occur. In my case, the outbreak always occurs on the lips and there is a tingling sensation which forewarns of the outbreak. I use an expensive product called Abreva immediately and it usually nips the outbreak in the bud early on. My dentist recently told me that another method of decreasing the outbreak's intensity is to apply ice to the affected area.

23 posted on 10/28/2009 9:02:37 PM PDT by davisfh ( Islam is a very serious mental and social illness)
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To: KarlInOhio

I think your point is really important. When I did a very small search about HSV-1, on the first page of search results was a link to an article stating that a huge percentage of the population has HSV-1 DNA in their teardrops. Apparently, after infection with a virus, it can appear virtually anywhere in the body??


24 posted on 10/29/2009 11:59:22 AM PDT by hennie pennie
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