SCIENCE - RESEARCH LINKS and FINDINGS -ARTICLES 

1) NASA Space Technology Shines Light On Healing:

“Doctors at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee have discovered the healing power of light with the help of technology developed for NASA's Space Shuttle. Using powerful light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, originally designed for commercial plant growth research in space, scientists have found a way to help patients here on Earth.”

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/12/001219195848.htm

 

2) NASA Light Technology Successfully Reduces Cancer Patients Painful Side Effects from Radiation and Chemotherapy

 

“A NASA technology originally developed for plant growth experiments on space shuttle missions has successfully reduced the painful side effects resulting from chemotherapy and radiation treatment in bone marrow and stem cell transplant patients....”

https://www.nasa.gov/topics/nasalife/features/heals.html

 

3) Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) in Dermatology (PDF Download Available).

Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/23797391_Light-Emitting_Diodes_LEDs_in_Dermatology [accessed Jul 21, 2017].

 

"Abstract Light-emitting diode photobiomodulation is the newest category of nonthermal light therapies to find its way to the dermatologic armamentarium. In this article, we briefly review the literature on the development of this technology, its evolution within esthetic and medical dermatology, and provide practical and technical considerations for use in various conditions. This article also focuses on the specific cell-signaling pathways involved and how the mechanisms at play can be put to use to treat a variety of cutaneous problems as a stand-alone application and/or complementary treatment modality or as one of the best photodynamic therapy light source."

 

4) Promise in light therapy to treat chronic pain:   

Date: February 28, 2017                                                                                             

Source: University of Arizona

Summary:

"Chronic pain afflicts over 100 million people across the United States. It diminishes their productivity, their quality of life and costs hundreds of billions of dollars each year to medically manage. It shatters people's emotional wellbeing, tears apart families and claims lives through suicides and accidental drug overdoses. But now researchers have found promise in a novel, non-pharmacological approach to managing chronic pain -- treating it with green light-emitting diodes (LED)."

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170228185325.htm

 

5) "Effect of NASA light-emitting diode irradiation on wound healing:

Light-emitting diodes (LED), originally developed for NASA plant growth experiments in space        show promise for delivering light deep into tissues of the body to promote wound healing and  human tissue growth. In this paper, we review and present our new data of LED treatment on cells grown in culture, on ischemic and diabetic wounds in rat models, and on acute and chronic wounds in humans."

 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11776448

6) NASA Light Emitting Diode Medical Applications From Deep Space to Deep Sea

http://www.ecaa.ntu.edu.tw/weifang/eBook/LED_therapy.pdf

7) "Individuals exposed to blue wavelength lights experienced faster reaction times.                         Blue light exposure has a lasting effect on brain function."

June 10, 2016

American Academy of Sleep Medicine

Summary:

"A new study found that blue wavelength light exposure led to subsequent increases in brain activity in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) and the ventrolateral prefrontal cortex (VLPFC) when participants were engaging in a cognitive task after cessation of light exposure."

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160610094747.htm 

 

8) Blue light may fight fatigue around the clock:

 

Date: February 3, 2014

Source: Brigham and Women's Hospital

“Researchers have found that exposure to short wavelength, or blue light, during the biological day directly and immediately improves alertness and performance.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140203191841.htm

 

9) Light Therapy May Combat Fungal Infections, New Evidence Suggests

Date: March 24, 2005

Source: Duke University Medical Center.

Summary:

"A newly discovered mechanism by which an infectious fungus perceives light also plays an important role in its virulence, according to Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators at Duke University Medical Center. The findings suggest that changes in light following fungal invasion of the human body may be an important and previously overlooked cue that sparks infection..." 

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/03/050323131309.htm 

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