A company called PhotoThera is testing a laser-based treatment for stroke victims that's designed to stimulate the brain, and help patients recover faster.
The device directs an infrared beam through the scalp, towards several different target areas in the brain. The treatment is supposed to be administered 24 hours after the onset of symptoms, and is believed to promote metabolism in the areas of the brain that receive the infrared tanning session.
So, does it work? We should find out before too long, as PhotoThera is in the midst of a large double-blind clinical trial.—Gregory Mone
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Posted by: Garth | January 25, 2008 at 04:01 PM
NeuroThera® uses a beam of infrared laser energy on areas of the brain affected by a loss of oxygenated blood. Justin Sattin, M.D., a Neurologist with the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison, says cells in the immediate vicinity of a stroke have died and are not usually able to recover. However, just beyond that area, there are cells that are somewhat damaged, yet still capable of recovering. The NeuroThera laser targets these "salvageable" cells, and hopefully, prevents them from dying.
The exact mechanism of how the treatment works isn’t known. However, researchers believe the laser energy affects the mitochondria, the power sources for the cells. The mitochondria produce a chemical, called ATP, used by the cells for energy. The infrared light from the laser appears to increase production of ATP, perhaps giving the cells extra energy and improving their ability to recover from the stroke damage. And unlike tPA, which must be administered within three hours of the stroke, NeuroThera has a 24-hour window of use.
Once doctors determine a patient is having an ischemic stroke, the head is shaved (hair blocks the passage of infrared light). Next, a special cap is placed over the head. The cap contains about 20 holes, each about the size of a silver dollar. The HandPiece is placed over one of the holes. The laser energy is emitted from the HandPiece, through the scalp and into the brain, targeting the area of the injury. Treatment is given for two minutes. The HandPiece is placed over another hole and the process is repeated to apply the therapy from different directions. The treatment continues until it is delivered through all the holes in the cap.
Animal studies and early human studies indicate NeuroThera is a very effective, safe therapy for patients who have experienced an ischemic stroke. Currently, NeuroThera is being tested in a clinical trial.
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Posted by: Ilham | February 27, 2008 at 01:47 AM
Hi, would this help my sister who suffered a brain haemrrage and stroke after se was dianged with cancer that same yar.
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Posted by: Olga | March 18, 2008 at 07:43 AM
My mom, age 77 had her second stroke a little over 2 months ago. The doctors have never seen a case like hers. Her hearing is fine, but she can't process the sounds into words. Sometimes she processes fine and then it's gone again. She can read what we write and her speech is fine. She has no other damage that we can see. We're puzzled and the doctors don't give us any suggestions for therapy. Anyone else out there with the same symptoms? Any ideas for therapy?
Posted by: Pat | April 05, 2008 at 07:19 PM
Very intersting. I hope the trials do go well. I'm all for inavsive surgery.
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Posted by: Ana Lanka | June 26, 2008 at 10:50 PM
I need help. I know now that I had a stroke about 5 yrs. ago following a methamphetamine overdose. My family doesn't believe me, and I have noone to turn to. I'm having severe difficulties with my job, and I am ready to end it all. I wish someone would listen and please help! I don't have any health insurance and I am at my wits end! Please someone tell me what to do!
Posted by: Jeannie Jones | September 28, 2008 at 03:29 PM
These is an interesting article! This could be a great help. Especially to those who suffer from stroke and they want a fast recovery.
Posted by: David Johnston | October 06, 2008 at 05:03 AM
It'll be a great leap for medical treatment if they can realize this technology without any side effect to the brain network tissue.
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Posted by: Daymon The Basketeere | February 04, 2009 at 01:34 PM
i have a question. i am 44 years old ,i have 5 bain strokefrom 5 years ago my left hand,left leg and right leg infected my right hand works normaly, i have some movment in my legs and the infected left arm is this treatment fit my situation and when it can be available.
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Posted by: Ruben | August 23, 2009 at 09:21 PM
where can we find more info? my sister had 3 strokes and a massive bleed looking for any and all treatment options!!
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The laser hair removal machine is almost taken for granted now because it is so successful at safely removing hair. But it really wasn’t that long ago that people were afraid of laser technology because lasers were considered to be too dangerous to use on the human body. Now lasers are being used in almost every industry. The use of lasers to prevent additional brain cell damage due to a stroke is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of untapped potential for laser use. At Utah State University the use of lasers are being studied in terms of their true market potential. One of the uses the researchers have already found is using lasers to measure wind by bouncing the beam off a weather balloon. If laser beams can be bounced off balloons then they can certainly be safely adapted to even more medical uses.
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