Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, July 20th, 2004
According to recent research published in the journal Nature Reviews Microbiology, "Cardiovascular disease, of which atherosclerosis is an important component, is the leading cause of death in the western world."
"Although there are well-defined risk factors for atherosclerosis, these factors do not account for all incidences of the disease. Because atherosclerotic processes are typified by chronic inflammatory responses, which are similar to those that are elicited by chronic infection, the role of infection in promoting or accelerating...
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