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    • Hopefully this will lead to fruitful new directions for Alzheimers research

      Alzheimer's research could be set for a shake up after two studies
      suggest that scientists may have been missing the disease's real cause -

      One of the studies shows elevated levels of the virus in
      the brains of people with Alzheimer's. More remarkably, the virus seems
      to be switching on genes linked to increasing Alzheimer's risk.

    • Interesting! I have suspected for a very long time that the same three factors that affect longevity—diet, exercise, and happiness—are the dominant factors that predict Alzheimer's. If we we don't have good diets, exercise and happiness, then we're less resistant to bacteria and viruses that damage most organs.

      I wouldn't be surprised if at the end of the day, they found that this study is right, that herpes does causally influence the creation of the plaques behind Alzheimer's, but that poor health hurts our resistance to herpes.

      It has long been known that high cholesterol levels is correlated with the risk of Alzheimer's.