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Article updated and reviewed by David Aronoff, M.D., Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Michigan Medical School on May 9, 2005. herpes simplex virus (HSV) and is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). There are two types of HSV, HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 is usually responsible for cold sores ( fever blisters) of the lips and mouth. HSV-2 is the one that most commonly causes genital herpes . The infection causes painful, ulcerative sores on the genitals in both men and women. However, HSV-1 can cause genital herpes, and HSV-2 can cause cold sores. Genital herpes is common. In the United States, one out of five of the total adolescent and adult population is infected with HSV. Herpes is spread by direct contact with an infected person. For example, if you have genital herpes and have sexual intercourse, you can give your partner genital herpes. If you have oral herpes , you can give your partner oral herpes while kissing, and you can also give i...
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...
Herpes is not a medical condition typically associated with diet; however, outbreaks of this painful virus have been linked to two amino acids. While the research is not conclusive, those who suffer from this virus are usually willing to try any remedy that may reduce the frequency and severity of outbreaks. Research has found that people with herpes can benefit from a diet that is high in lysine and low in arginine. Lysine is an essential amino acid, which means it can not be synthesized in the body and must be consumed through food. This amino acid inhibits viral replication and therefore, experts say that a diet rich in lysine can reduce the severity and frequency of herpes outbreaks. Lysine is found in many foods, good sources include: beef cheese eggs potatoes soybeans fish dairy products The other amino acid associated with the herpes virus is arginine. The virus needs this amino acid to replicate and so a diet low in arginine can inhibit herpes. Foods high in arginine include: l...
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