Brain Health

Depression and Anxiety and Light

Posted in Brain Health, Mood Support

Behav Brain Funct. 2009 Dec 8;5:46. doi: 10.1186/1744-9081-5-46. Psychological benefits 2 and 4 weeks after a single treatment with near infrared light to the forehead: a pilot study of 10 patients with major depression and anxiety. Schiffer F1, Johnston AL, Ravichandran C, Polcari A, Teicher MH, Webb RH, Hamblin MR. Author information Abstract BACKGROUND: Many studies have reported beneficial effects from the application of near-infrared (NIR) light photobiomodulation (PBM) to the body, and one group has reported beneficial effects applying it to the brain in stroke patients. We have reported that the measurement of a patient’s left and right hemispheric...

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Major Advances In Light Therapy Applications

Posted in Brain Health, Heart Health, How Light Energy is Being Used Worldwide, Immune System Support, Increasing Circulation

Photomed Laser Surg. 2016 Mar;34(3):93-101. doi: 10.1089/pho.2015.4015. Epub 2016 Feb 18. “Quantum Leap” in Photobiomodulation Therapy Ushers in a New Generation of Light-Based Treatments for Cancer and Other Complex Diseases: Perspective and Mini-Review. Santana-Blank L1, Rodríguez-Santana E1, Santana-Rodríguez KE1, Reyes H1. Author information Abstract OBJECTIVE: Set within the context of the 2015 International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies,and of a growing and aging world population with ever-rising healthcare needs, this perspective and mini-review focuses on photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy as an emerging, cost-effective, treatment option...

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Mood and Blue Light

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BMC Psychiatry. 2016 Feb 18;16:27. doi: 10.1186/s12888-016-0729-5. The effects of low-intensity narrow-band blue-light treatment compared to bright white-light treatment in sub-syndromal seasonal affective disorder. Meesters Y1, Winthorst WH2, Duijzer WB3, Hommes V4. Author information Abstract BACKGROUND: The discovery of a novel photoreceptor in the retinal ganglion cells with a highest sensitivity of 470-490 nm blue light has led to research on the effects of short-wavelength light in humans. Several studies have explored the efficacy of monochromatic blue or blue-enriched light in the treatment of SAD. In this study, a comparison has been made between the effects of...

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Brain Health, Inflammation and Light

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Restor Neurol Neurosci. 2016;34(2):201-14. doi: 10.3233/RNN-150559. Pre-conditioning with transcranial low-level light therapy reduces neuroinflammation and protects blood-brain barrier after focal cerebral ischemia in mice. Lee HI1, Park JH2, Park MY2, Kim NG3, Park KJ3, Choi BT2,4,5, Shin YI1,6,1, Shin HK2,4,5,1. Author information Abstract PURPOSE: Transcranial low-level light therapy (LLLT) has gained interest as a non-invasive, inexpensive and safe method of modulating neurological and psychological functions in recent years. This study was designed to examine the preventive effects of LLLT via visible light source against cerebral ischemia at the behavioral,...

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Mood, Sleep Cycles and Light

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Med Hypotheses. 2011 Oct;77(4):692-5. doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2011.07.019. Epub 2011 Aug 9. Severe mood dysregulation: in the “light” of circadian functioning. Heiler S1, Legenbauer T, Bogen T, Jensch T, Holtmann M. Author information Abstract Severe affective and behavioral dysregulation, labeled as severe mood dysregulation (SMD), is a widely spread phenomenon among adolescent psychiatric patients. This phenotype constitutes severe impairment across multiple settings, including various symptoms, such as non-episodic anger, mood instability, and hyperarousal. Moreover, SMD patients often show depression and reduced need for sleep. Despite a lifetime prevalence...

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Parkinsons and Light Therapy

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Mol Neurodegener. 2009 Jun 17;4:26. doi: 10.1186/1750-1326-4-26. Reduced axonal transport in Parkinson’s disease cybrid neurites is restored by light therapy. Trimmer PA1, Schwartz KM, Borland MK, De Taboada L, Streeter J, Oron U. Author information Abstract BACKGROUND: It has been hypothesized that reduced axonal transport contributes to the degeneration of neuronal processes in Parkinson’s disease (PD). Mitochondria supply the adenosine triphosphate (ATP) needed to support axonal transport and contribute to many other cellular functions essential for the survival of neuronal cells. Furthermore, mitochondria in PD tissues are metabolically and functionally...

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Traumatic Brain Injury and Light

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Photomed Laser Surg. 2011 May;29(5):351-8. doi: 10.1089/pho.2010.2814. Epub 2010 Dec 23. Improved cognitive function after transcranial, light-emitting diode treatments in chronic, traumatic brain injury: two case reports. Naeser MA1, Saltmarche A, Krengel MH, Hamblin MR, Knight JA. Author information Abstract OBJECTIVE: Two chronic, traumatic brain injury (TBI) cases, where cognition improved following treatment with red and near-infrared light-emitting diodes (LEDs), applied transcranially to forehead and scalp areas, are presented. BACKGROUND: Significant benefits have been reported following application of transcranial, low-level laser therapy (LLLT) to humans with...

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Using Light Therapy in Depression and Bipolar Disorder

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Interesting to see light coming into the conversation in traditionally very difficult situations. Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat. 2015 Sep 9;11:2331-8. doi: 10.2147/NDT.S74861. eCollection 2015. Augmentation of light therapy in difficult-to-treat depressed patients: an open-label trial in both unipolar and bipolar patients. Camardese G1, Leone B1, Serrani R1, Walstra C1, Di Nicola M1, Della Marca G2, Bria P1, Janiri L1. Author information Abstract OBJECTIVES: We investigated the clinical benefits of bright light therapy (BLT) as an adjunct treatment to ongoing psychopharmacotherapy, both in unipolar and bipolar difficult-to-treat depressed (DTD) outpatients. METHODS: In an...

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Impacts on brain health and memory with light

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This is a cool study showing light as one of several proactive strategies in a promising new direction for Alzheimers and other neurodegenerative conditions. Biochem Pharmacol. 2014 Apr 15;88(4):584-93. doi: 10.1016/j.bcp.2013.11.010. Epub 2013 Dec 4. Mitochondrial respiration as a target for neuroprotection and cognitive enhancement. Gonzalez-Lima F1, Barksdale BR2, Rojas JC3. Author information Abstract This paper focuses on brain mitochondrial respiration as a therapeutic target for neuroprotection and cognitive enhancement. We propose that improving brain mitochondrial respiration is an important future direction in research and treatment of Alzheimer’s...

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