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4 Your Health: fewer people with herpes virus; social connections help with dementia

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Staying social is beneficial for people with dementia.

That's according to a new British study of 800 dementia patients living in care homes.

It found increasing the patient's social interactions by just one hour a week improved their quality of life. They felt happier, were less agitated and less aggressive.

Programs that involved patients in decisions about their own care also improved their well-being.

Number of people with Herpes virus down

A new government survey reveals the herpes virus is becoming less common in the U.S.

Despite the drop, just under half of Americans still carry oral herpes the virus that causes cold sores. 12 percent have genital herpes down from 18 percent in 2000.

Both viruses are transmitted by close contact and can be spread even when there are no sores or other symptoms.

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