Blue Light Potential for Parkinson's Treatment

(February 9, 2015) - A University of Otago study on rats has used light treatment, called optogenetics, to treat Parkinson’s disease, treating isolated cells and leaving healthy cells untouched. The technique involved placing light sensitive proteins into cells and then implanting a fibre optic probe, similar to the technology in internet cables, into the brain. That probe is then connected up to a laser that emitted blue light and stimulated the cells effectively correcting neural activity in a Parkinsonian brain. Read more…