The herpes simplex virus 1, the virus responsible for cold sores, may account for 50% of Alzheimer's disease cases. HSV1 causes protein deposits which are characteristic of Alzheimer's disease. Findings also reveal antiviral treatments can help to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's in those with HSV1.
A new study reports babies born to moms who suffered from viral infections, even mild ones, while pregnant are at increased risk of brain abnormalities.
Researchers have identified structural 'footprints' that allow certain virus vectors reach the brain easily.
A healthy and diverse microbiome is essential for quickly clearing viral infections in the nervous system to prevent risks associated with multiple sclerosis. Mice with lower gut bacteria had weaker immune responses and were unable to eliminate viruses, leading to worsening paralysis. Those treated with antibiotics before infection had fewer microglia.
A new study reports people with Hepatitis B are up to 76% more likely to develop Parkinson's disease, and those with Hep C are 51% more likely to develop the disease.
Researchers discover the cold sore virus, herpes simplex, resides within neurons. During times of stress, the virus reactivates and triggers symptoms associated with the disease.
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.
In addition to physical distancing and improved personal hygiene practices, the seasonal moderation of relative humidity indoors could help slow rates of transmission for COVID-19. However, the virus can still be transmitted via contact and close proximity to those infected, regardless of the season, researchers warn.