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Old 10-25-2009, 03:10 PM   #1
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Oh dear; I've always been prone to fever blisters. Yikes.
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Old 10-25-2009, 03:53 PM   #2
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Interesting story. This year, Florida mandated continuing education requirements for license renewal that had to include the fact that HSV1 encephalitis can present as behavioral symptoms only -- depression, psychoses, etc. which were are often misdiagnosed, and thus opportunities for antiviral treatment were missed.

So HSV and the brain are tightly intertwined at times.
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Well, I hope the "Rich" in the story isn't you.

However, I've been plagued by colds sores for the last 30 years, get one every 6-9 months. While I suppose it's possible that the "big A" will get me in the end, I don't see anything that suggests HSV causes AD rather than there is a correlation. There is a difference between correlation an causation.
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Well, I hope the "Rich" in the story isn't you.

However, I've been plagued by colds sores for the last 30 years, get one every 6-9 months. While I suppose it's possible that the "big A" will get me in the end, I don't see anything that suggests HSV causes AD rather than there is a correlation. There is a difference between correlation an causation.
There is not even conclusive evidence of association in this case. The study is of a type called "case control" which is notoriously vulnerable to invalid correlations and bias.

Time will tell.
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Interesting the euphemisms "cold sore" and "fever blister"...
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