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Lasers Light the Way Towards a Cure for Some Degenerative Brain Diseases

wjcofkc (964165) writes | about 8 months ago

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wjcofkc (964165) writes "Degenerative brain disorders such Alzheimer's and Parkinson's are among the most insidious and feared diseases a person may have to face, and the emotional toll on the loved ones of those afflicted are as prolonged and devastating as the disease itself. Now, researchers have discovered a multi-photon laser technique that makes it possible to distinguish aggregations of the proteins believed to cause the diseases, while differentiating from the the well-functioning proteins. In theory, removing the protein aggregates can cure the disease."

"Nobody has talked about using only light to treat these diseases until now. This is a totally new approach and we believe that this might become a breakthrough in the research of diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. We have found a totally new way of discovering these structures using just laser light," says Piotr Hanczyc at Chalmers University of Technology."

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