Could Alzheimer's Disease be linked to STDs like herpes?
Researchers from some of the world's top universities have released evidence that suggests Alzheimer's disease is connected to the cold sore virus (also known as herpes).
The controversial theory fuels fears that Alzheimer's is infectious and raises concerns about whether it could be linked to blood transfusions.
An international team of researchers, including experts from Cambridge, Edinburgh and Machester universities, said evidence that Alzheimer's and cold sore bugs are linked is 'incontrovertible' and can no longer be ignored.
In a powerful editorial in the Journal of Alzheimer's Research, the 31 doctors and scientists say the idea that microbes cause Alzheimer's has been long neglected.
"The ever-increasing number of these studies (now about 100 on HSV1 alone) warrants re-evaluation of the infection and [Alzheimer's Disease] concept," the editorial said.