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"Even More Evidence Finds Link Between Herpes Virus And Alzheimer’s" -Fiza Pirani

  • AJC
  • New York, NY
  • (October 23, 2018)

New research adds to the mountain of evidence suggesting that the herpes virus may play a significant role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth leading cause of death in the United States projected to affect nearly 14 million people by 2060. While studying brain tissue of 622 people who had signs of the disease and 322 who weren’t affected by it, study author Joel Dudley, PhD, director of the Institute for Next Generation Healthcare at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and executive vice president of precision health for the Mount Sinai Health System, and his team found significant evidence suggesting two specific strains of the human herpes virus (HHV-6A and HHV-7), both of which commonly cause skin rashes called roseola in young children, may have seeped into the Alzheimer’s patients’ brains and remained inactive for decades.

- Joel Dudley, PhD, Director, Institute for Next Generation Healthcare, Associate Professor, Genetics and Genomic Sciences, Population Health Science and Policy, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Executive Vice President, Precision Health, Mount Sinai Health System

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