Infectious Disease Markers Associated with Alzheimer's DiseaseStrong evidence indicates chronic exposure to infections such as Herpes Simplex I (HSV I) and Chlamydia Pneumonia silently reside in brain tissue and cranial nerves may potentiate the development and progression of Alzheimer's disease.
Alzheimer's Disease & Herpes Simplex
Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV-1) does not cause Alzheimer's disease however, research indicates it may be a risk factor for developing Alzheimer's disease by stimulating inflammation in the areas of the brain that are vulnerable to Alzheimer's Disease when combined with other risk factors.
Alzheimer's Disease & Chlamydia Pneumonia
Years of existing research has also identified Chlamydia pneumonia, a known bacterium associated with acute respiratory infections, coronary artery disease and ischemic strokes to be associated with Alzheimer's Disease. Major insurance companies have now added C.Pneumonia to their list of yearly wellness screening tests. This type of screening identifies existing problems for insurance companies purposes. Research has shown the presence of C.Pneumonia in almost 90% of brains of people affected with Alzheimer's disease, while 95% of people without Alzheimer's disease tested negative for the C. Pneumonia. More research is needed. To date, research is indicating that certain infections may potentiate or hasten the advance of Alzheimer's disease. This information may help identify and reduce the threat of infection associated with Alzheimer's disease.
According to researchers Shi-Bin Cheng, Paulette Ferland, Paul Webster, Elaine L. Bearer:
"It's no longer a matter of determining whether HSV1 is involved in cognitive decline, but rather how significant this involvement is," Bearer asserts. "We'll need to investigate anti-viral drugs used for acute herpes treatment to determine their ability to slow or prevent cognitive decline."
Researchers recommend people treat a cold sore as quickly as possible to minimize the amount of time the virus is actively traveling through a person's nervous system. The faster a cold sore is treated, the faster the HSV1 returns to a dormant stage.
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Shi-Bin Cheng, Paulette Ferland, Paul Webster, Elaine L. Bearer. Herpes Simplex Virus Dances with Amyloid Precursor Protein while Exiting the Cell. PLoS ONE, 2011; 6 (3): e17966 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0017966