Cold sores ‘an Alzheimer’s risk’

By | December 9, 2008


Cheap cold sore drugs could offer best treatment yet

Catching a cold sore puts you at risk of Alzheimer’s disease, mounting evidence suggests.

The herpes virus behind cold sores is a major cause of the protein plaques that accumulate in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s, scientists have shown.

On the plus side, the latest discovery by the University of Manchester team may mean antiviral drugs used to treat cold sores could also prevent dementia.

The findings are published in the Journal of Pathology.

via BBC NEWS | Health | Cold sores ‘an Alzheimer’s risk’.

The insight is particularly encouraging because cheap antiviral drugs that can control HSV1 infections, such as acyclovir or Zovirax, have been available for many years, and are sufficiently safe to be sold over the counter. – timesonline

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