If you've contracted Herpes, will your memory fly away? The virus that causes cold sores, along with other viral or bacterial infections, may be associated with cognitive problems.
A new study found that people who have had higher levels of infection in their blood (measured by antibody levels), meaning they had been exposed over the years to various pathogens such as the herpes simplex type 1 virus that causes cold sores, were more likely to have cognitive problems than people with lower levels of infection in the blood.
Medical researcher Mira Katan says, "We found the link was greater among women, those with lower levels of education and Medicaid or no health insurance, and most prominently, in people who do not exercise.
"Exercise and childhood vaccinations against viruses could decrease the risk for memory problems later in life."
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