World Alzheimer’s Day – Microorganisms Implicated in the Etiology of the Disease

September 21st, the World Alzheimer’s Day, a neurodegenerative disease affecting millions of people around the world.

It’s known that this disease results from the death of neurons over a given period of time. However, the reasons that lead to the occurrence of the disease are not yet well known.

Recently, a team of scientists published an editorial in which they alert to the fact that two bacteria – Chlamydia pneumoniae and several types of spirochaete, as well as the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1), are implicated in the etiology of Alzheimer’s disease. Fungal infections in the brains of people affected by this disease, as well as a change in the microbiota of the blood, have also been reported.

The scientists conclude with a proposal for an investigation of infectious agents as the cause of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as clinical trials with antimicrobials as therapy.

Learn more: http://content.iospress.com/articles/journal-of-alzheimers-disease/jad160152

Advertisements

7 comments

  1. HI, Ana! Thanks for signing up to follow my blog and diet, exercise and living past 100. As you have seen already, I have a lot of interest in cognition, too. I like your post on Alzheimer’s Disease – terrible killer. Best of luck with your blog!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. It does seem that the role of microorganisms in degenerative and autoimmune diseases may have been previously underestimated.

    Ana, with regards to my upcoming trip to Lisbon, I wonder if you could suggest a good place to enjoy some Fado?

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s