Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) seems to play a role in Alzheimer’s disease. Though scientists do not yet know exactly how HSV-1 is associated with Alzheimer’s, it appears that the virus or repeated outbreaks of herpes along with a certain gene play an important role.
Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease and Herpes
To start, lets go over some terms you will find in the research that will help you understand what research scientists know.
Objective Measure of Mental or Cognitive Decline
One way to gauge the level of mental decline or cognitive impairment is with the Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE). This consists of 11 areas of questions that help determine the level of cognitive impairment. It, or a variation of it, is widely used during annual physicals of seniors to screen for dementia.