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Alzheiemer's - caused by an infection?

sic transit

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I confess to knowing very little about what research work is happening on this debilitating condition but this seems very intriguing.

The hypothesis as I understand it, is that the body's battle against viruses passing through the brain may have caused such plaques to be left behind as junk. In addition, as we age the blood brain membrane becomes "leaky", with the hippocampus, the site of learning and memory being the leakiest and therefore more prone to finding such junk.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/26/health/alzheimers-disease-infection.html

All very early days and it may be proved another false dawn but sometimes the simplest ideas can be right. Also mentioned in the article is the reduction in the incidence of dementia which it speculates might be due to better control of cholesterol and and blood pressure.
 


Analyzer

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Keep ouf Fagan's in Drumcondra.

It must be an infection hot spot at this stage.

Poor Bertie and his mates all seem to have been infected.
 

Prester Jim

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There is some conjecture about schizophrenia (or at least a proportion of cases) being caused by infections too, causes inflammation in the brain, psychosis etc. Also issues with body's natural fauna being disrupted and replaced with negative intruders can potentially be a cause behind IBS, type 2 diabetes among many other major issues.
Could be big movement soon as a result of this shift in thinking on infections and natural vs. unnatural/unhelpful fauna, major health improvements possible. (look up fecal transplants for more on that.)
Would particularly like to see schizophrenia breakthrough like this, it seems so catastrophic for victim and family as it is.
 

Wagmore

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Keep ouf Fagan's in Drumcondra.

It must be an infection hot spot at this stage.

Poor Bertie and his mates all seem to have been infected.

Ha ha, maybe they can donate their brains to science-if the "build up of deposits" is one of the primary symptoms then Bertie's brain could have all the answers. Not that they wouldn't be well hidden.
 

Half Nelson

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mr_anderson

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Keep ouf Fagan's in Drumcondra.

It must be an infection hot spot at this stage.

Poor Bertie and his mates all seem to have been infected.

All failed leaders suffer from it.
I believe the medical term is Reagan's Syndrome.
 

storybud1

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1) Islamic Countries and fooking eejit Western Countries allowing radicals free movement and putting up millions on social welfare for life

Terrorist Atrocities

1) Islamic Countries and fooking eejit Western Countries allowing radicals and putting up millions on social welfare for life

Hey, it's a political site,,
 

olli rehn

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I heard it can be passed on via the keyboard after accessing porn pages....
 

Lumpy Talbot

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My own theory is that the propensity to develop any number of debilitating conditions pre-exist in our bodies and in our brains and that a combination of factors from genetic inheritance plus environment and lifestyle will raise or lower the threat of developing one or more of any such condition.

It is in the nature of the human mind and condition to look for a single neat answer to any issue but with such complex systems as the human mind and body it is very unlikely to be the case that a single cause exists for any condition.

Untidy I know to suggest that Alzheimers, Parkinsons, dementia are the confluence of a number of factors the mathematics of which are still beyond science but equally we should not dismiss the difficulty of complexity in favour of the pet theory which points to one single cause.

The human brain is the most complex machine known in the Universe and it would be a surprise if any of its states were traceable to a single cause such as coffee consumption in the narrowest explanation and age alone in the widest sense.

I shall suggest, annoyingly for the neatness of debate on the internet, that most human experiences whether physical, psychological or physiological are as complex in origin as the subtlety of the human condition itself.
 

Finbar10

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Interesting OP. There also seems to be a strong association between diabetes and Alzheimer's, so much so that a long-running theory has labelled the disease as "type 3 diabetes".
 


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