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Laser Treatment For Epilepsy? January 12, 2010

Posted by bitchwantstea in Health, News.
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A Massachusetts Institute of Technology team has discovered a way to shut down brain activity using flashes of yellow and blue lasers.  The team hope to adjust this to switch off neurons that generate an electrical impulse abnormally, causing seizures.

By closely examining the neural circuits of the brain, researchers plan to find targets that, when shut down, could treat epilepsy as well as other conditions including Parkinson’s disease and chronic pain.

Ed Boyden, who led the research, said: “Silencing different sets of neurons with different colours of light allows us to understand how they work together to implement brain functions.  These tools will help us understand how to control neural circuits, leading to new understandings and treatments for brain disorders.”

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