Scientists continue to find links between herpes and dementia. When a study that was published last month found "strong evidence" that viruses are involved in Alzheimer's disease، a couple of researchers proceeded to examine it more thoroughly، as the Technical Times said.
In that study's postmortem analyses، it was found that people who lived with Alzheimer's had more herpesviruses 6 and 7 than people who don't suffer from Alzheimer's.
Now، a scientific commentary suggests that the study in question is not the only one to reveal a link between herpes and dementia. Three more papers have actually established similar links، and the commentary، written by professors Ruth Itzhaki and Richard Lathe، examines all three. Their analysis was published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. More than showing possible links between herpes and dementia، Itzhaki and Lathe's paper also suggests that there might be an effective way to hold back the onset of the tragic disease. They note that "the relative risk of (Senile Dementia) was reduced by a factor of 10" for people who underwent aggressive antiviral treatment. "Antiherpetic medication prevented later SD development in 90 percent of their study group. These articles provide the first population evidence for a causal link between herpes virus infection and senile dementia."