VARIOUS INTERNATIONAL MEDIA: Alzheimer's disease: mounting evidence that herpes virus is a cause

Press/Media: Research

Release date: 19/10/2018


The herpes virus is known for causing unsightly warts and being incredibly difficult to get rid of.

But it could also be affecting our brains, Professor Ruth Itzhaki has said.

The academic at the University of Manchester said studies have found that anti-viral drugs drastically reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s – the leading cause of dementia – in patients with persistent infections.

Herpes is common and, because there is no cure, it hangs around in the body forever by lying dormant in cells and erupting when the immune system is weakened.

Media coverage

Media contributions