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The medical experts and scientists are leaving no stone unturned to find an effective treatment for the Alzheimer’s disease. In a new discovery, the scientists have found a potential link between the memory-loss disease and the herpes simplex.
Alzheimer’s, which is one of the most common form of dementia, is found to be closely associated with the herpes simplex virus as the researchers see these organisms as potentially responsible for the memory loss disease.
Once the herpes virus infects a person, they can remain in dormant condition inside the human body for years and eventually reactivate at a later time. These viruses can cause mouth ulcers.
When we start healing our body from the herpes simplex virus via medication, it never gets out of the body completely and its traces are still found inside the human body, the researchers said.
According to the researchers, as we grow older, the immune system also weakens and makes the spread of the virus to other organs like the brain even easier. Scientists believe this phenomenon could help in better understanding the odd relation between the two completely unrelated conditions.
Scientists conducted two large epidemiological studies that proved the unusual association, paving way for another major breakthrough in the study of Alzheimer’s.
In the first study, the researchers involved over 3,400 people for 11.3 years, on average. During the study, the researchers concluded that the reactivation of the viral infection due to herpes simplex doubles the risk for developing the memory-related problems in comparison to the people who did not have suffered from the infection.
The researchers also conducted a second study in which they examined 360 people who were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other control elements. The researchers collected the samples of the participants during both the beginning and the end of the study periods. All the participants were followed for an average of 9.6 years. It was found that those patients having herpes simplex were twice as likely to develop the Alzheimer’s at some point of their life.