Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 19 October 2005
Vol. 2005, Issue 42, p. ns2
[DOI: 10.1126/sageke.2005.42.ns2]

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What's Bugging You?

Bacteria and viruses that attack us in our youths might return to cause some of the scourges of old age

Mitch Leslie

http://sageke.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2005/42/ns2

Abstract: Alzheimer's disease, atherosclerosis, and other diseases of aging might share something with sinus infections and flu. According to preliminary research, all stem from bacterial or viral attacks. Circumstantial evidence points to the lung-attacking bacterium Chlamydia pneumoniae, the herpes simplex I virus, and other germs. Although supporters of the hypothesis have amassed suggestive data, many researchers remain skeptical. However, advocates argue that we might have to accept weaker-than-usual evidence because the diseases kill so many people.

Citation: M. Leslie, What's Bugging You? Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ. 2005 (42), ns2 (2005).

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