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I Have Seen the Light—it’s an LED July 4, 2012

Posted by stuffilikenet in Awesome, Brain, Star Trek Technology.

A journal article1 (in one of the less-reputable but still non-phrenology or homeopathy- level journal) from 2010 describes two patients with severe head trauma who were treated to some modest success with just red LEDs strapped to their heads.  Patient One reported she could keep focused on her computer tasks (she was some kind of geek, apparently) for twenty minutes without, but three hours with.

Patient Two had a history of closed-head trauma (sports/military, and recent fall), and magnetic resonance imaging showed frontoparietal atrophy. Pre-LED, she was on medical disability for 5 months. After 4 months of nightly LED treatments at home, medical disability discontinued; she returned to working full-time as an executive consultant with an international technology consulting firm.

Experimentalists at home might want to try this.  It seems harmless enough to play around with. Of course, Star Trek had it first:


I cannot tell you how long it has taken me to find this photo on Google images; suffice it to say my time for this blog is pretty limited (you happy few readers must be so gratified).


1 Improved Cognitive Function After Transcranial, Light-Emitting Diode Treatments in Chronic, Traumatic Brain Injury: Two Case Reports  Margaret A. Naeser, Ph.D., L.Ac., Anita Saltmarche, R.N., M.H.Sc., Maxine H. Krengel, Ph.D., Michael R. Hamblin, Ph.D., and Jeffrey A. Knight, Ph.D., Photomedicine and Laser Surgery Volume 00, Number 00, 2010 [never heard of it]


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