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.