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Could Herpes Virus Affect Memory in Older Adults?

Older adults who harbor certain infections, such as the herpes cold sore virus, may have poorer thinking and memory abilities than their peers, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that of more than 1,600 older adults, those with signs of chronic infection with herpes simplex and certain other viruses and bacteria scored lower on standard tests of mental skills.

But the findings, published in the March 26 issue of Neurology, do not prove the infections are to blame.

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