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Can herpes simplex virus contribute to alzheimer's later in life?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Maybe: There is some evidence that herpes simplex viruses inside brain and nerve cells can create the type of damage seen with Alzheimer's patients, if the patients have particular genes that make them vulnerable to the effects of the herpes viruses. If more research shows this to be true, then treatment or prevention of herpes simplex viruses can become a way to prevent Alzheimer's dementia.
Dr. Joshua Sonnen
Pathology 19 years experience
At this time, there is no evidence that any virus contributes to Alzheimer disease despite >30 years of research on AD.
Feb 6, 2012
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
Geriatric Psychiatry 62 years experience
Not likely: There is no evidence that herpes virus is related to alzheimer's disease.

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