What: A laser device that can treat neurological and mental disorders, including Parkinson's and depression
Where: Palo Alto, Calif.
Why: The World Health Organization predicts that depression will be the second biggest killer after heart disease by 2020.
Wow: Stops tremors in rodents with the flick of a switch.
To demonstrate the technology, the scientists genetically engineered Parkinson's-afflicted mice with light-sensitive cells and inserted an optical fiber inside their brains. When blue laser light struck cells connected to the motor cortex, a brain region responsible for movement, the mice stopped shaking. This discovery points to laser-precision therapies for neurological and mental disorders, like depression and autism, that could one day treat faulty cells while sparing the rest of the brain.
wow that is scary looking
Welcome to the future "Marty" I hope it works
Thats pretty cool, but I hope when I get old and have mental problems I won't be doomed to having LED lights sticking out of my head.
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"Why: The World Health Organization predicts that depression will be the second biggest killer after heart disease by 2020.
This is scary! Maybe if we stop eating so much processed and frozen food our chemical balance will improve and our bodies and mind will actually listen to us...
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This is an interesting study and I believe that this is the direction modern psychology and psychiatry is heading. What upsets me, however, is there is no mention that the researches randomly assigned the mice to different treatments. Without a study being a "true" experiment, there is no way the researchers can claim a cause-and-effect outcome. I would like to see further research done to replicate these findings.