WASHINGTON (AP) – A provocative new study says viruses that sneak into the brain just might play a role in Alzheimer’s.READ MORE: Allegheny County Health Department Shuts Down Hazelwood Business
Some scientists have long suspected viruses or bacteria somehow set the stage for Alzheimer’s. Now, the main theory is that sticky brain-clogging plaques are the culprit. Thursday’s findings don’t prove viruses cause the mind-robbing disease but they promise to spur new research into the possible connection.
A team led by researchers at New York’s Mount Sinai Health System found higher levels of two very common herpes viruses in Alzheimer’s-affected brains than in normal ones. They then found evidence that the viruses influence the behavior of genes involved in Alzheimer’s.READ MORE: Chick-Fil-A Sets Limit On Sauce Amid Shortage
If the findings eventually pan out, they could lead to new targets for Alzheimer’s treatment.
The study was published in the journal Neuron.MORE NEWS: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 183 New Cases, 4 Additional Deaths
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