Assistant Professor of Medicine and, by courtesy, of Epidemiology and Population Health, Stanford University;
CZ Biohub – San Francisco investigator
May 25 • 18 tweets • 24 min read
Biggest thing to ever come out of my little group. Pls help spread this finding!
We found clean, CAUSAL evidence that the shingles vaccine prevents a good chunk of dementia cases. So, could a virus cause Alzheimer’s->YES!
Hear me out & see preprint: bit.ly/3MVqXU9
There’s recently been ⬆️ interest in the possibility that a virus may be involved in the causal pathways of dementia. Most attention has been on herpesviruses, incl the VZV that causes chickenpox and shingles, partly because of their lifelong latency (bit.ly/3nibvYk).