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Two studies published in academic journals this week have reported possible future treatment benefits for people with Alzheimer's disease using medications already approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for other diseases. The first, examines the use of antiviral drugs, whilst the second is a drug commonly used in the treatment of epilepsy.
Could a Common Virus be the Cause of Alzheimer's Disease?
A common cold sore virus could be linked to Alzheimer's disease according to research from the University of Manchester in England. The preliminary findings suggest that the cold sore virus, known as herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV1), is implicated in up to 60 percent of Alzheimer's cases.
If the research findings are correct it may be that cheap antiviral drugs currently approved for the treatment of cold sores could prove effective in Alzheimer's disease too. HSV1 medications, such as Acyclovir and Zovirax, could halt the brain cell degeneration that lead to the brain...
What is genital herpes?
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the
herpes simplex viruses (HSV) type 1 and type 2. Most genital herpes
is caused by HSV type 2.
Most people have no or minimal symptoms from HSV-1 or HSV-2
infection. When symptoms do occur, they usually appear as one or
more blisters on or around the genitals or rectum. The blisters
break, leaving ulcers or tender sores that may take up to four
weeks to heal. Typically, another outbreak can appear weeks or
Although the infection can stay in the body forever, the number
of outbreaks usually decreases over a period of years. You can pass
genital herpes to someone else even when you experience no
How common is genital herpes?
About 45 million Americans, age 12 and older have genital
herpes. Its estimated that up to one million people become
infected each year. Genital Herpes (HSV-2) is more common in women
How can I get genital herpes?
Herpes is a virus that can be...
If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant and you have herpes, you may have a lot more on your mind than morning sickness, maternity clothes and cribs. You might be concerned about whether you can have a healthy baby. While this worry is understandable - the effects of neonatal herpes are devastating - this complication is exceeding rare. It is estimated that 20-25% of pregnant women have genital herpes. Contraction of the infection by the babies occurs in less than 0.1% of cases. Transmission is lowest in women who acquire herpes before pregnancy. The risk of transmission is highest when a woman acquires herpes late in pregnancy. If you are pregnant and have genital herpes, talk to your obstetrician about how to minimize the risk of infecting your baby. If your partner has either oral or genital herpes and you are pregnant and uninfected, avoid unprotected sex , and avoid sex altogether when the partner has an outbreak. In 90% of cases, neonatal he...
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