Infections Speed Up Memory Loss In Alzheimer’s Patients

Researchers found a protein responsible for activating the immune system when an infection like cold or stomach bug takes place, is also involved in transmission of signals between brain cells.

According to study published in the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, getting infections like cold or stomach bug may lead to increased memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients.

A research team at Southampton University conducted study including 222 Alzheimer’s patients with an average age of 83. They found that people who had high levels of tumor necrosis (TNF), a protein responsible for infections, had memory loss four rimes as fast as those with low levels of TNF.