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Schizophrenia Linked to Abnormal Immune Response to Herpes Virus that Causes Mono

A new study reports people with schizophrenia have higher levels of antibodies against Epstein-Barr virus, a herpes virus that causes mononucleosis. Researchers propose two explanations for the link to the heightened immune response to the virus: schizophrenia may alter the immune system, making patients more susceptible to EBV, or EBV may increase the risk of developing schizophrenia.... Read More...
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Viral Connection to Alzheimer’s: Herpes Virus Implicated in Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers provide evidence that certain species of human herpesvirus contribute to the development of Alzheimer's disease. The study reports high levels of human herpesvirus 6A and 7 were found in brain samples showing signs of Alzheimer's neuropathology. The findings offer hints of the viral mechanisms that could trigger or exacerbate AD.... Read More...
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Hidden Herpes Virus May Play Role in Multiple Sclerosis and Other Brain Disorders

A new study in Scientific Reports concludes human herpesvirus 6 may impair the brain's ability to repair itself in demylination diseases, such as multiple sclerosis. HHV-6 is the most common human herpes virus, with an estimated 80% of people being exposed to infection during childhood. Researchers found the virus produces a protein that can impair the ability of brain cells to repair damaged myelin.... Read More...