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Lasers Might Lead to Cure for Brain Diseases Such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's

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The researchers discovered, as they show in the journal Nature Photonics, that it is possible to distinguish aggregations of the proteins, believed to cause the diseases, from the the well-functioning proteins in the body by using multi-photon laser-->

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Kit B (276)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 9:29 am
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Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, together with researchers at the Polish Wroclaw University of Technology, have made a discovery that may lead to the curing of diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (the so called mad cow disease) through photo therapy.

The researchers discovered, as they show in the journal Nature Photonics, that it is possible to distinguish aggregations of the proteins, believed to cause the diseases, from the the well-functioning proteins in the body by using multi-photon laser technique.

"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.

If the protein aggregates are removed, the disease is in principle cured. The problem until now has been to detect and remove the aggregates.

The researchers now harbor high hopes that photo acoustic therapy, which is already used for tomography, may be used to remove the malfunctioning proteins. Today amyloid protein aggregates are treated with chemicals, both for detection as well as removal. These chemicals are highly toxic and harmful for those treated.

With multi photon laser the chemical treatment would be unnecessary. Nor would surgery be necessary for removing of aggregates. Due to this discovery it might, thus, be possible to remove the harmful protein without touching the surrounding tissue.

These diseases arise when amyloid beta protein are aggregated in large doses so they start to inhibit proper cellular processes.

Different proteins create different kinds of amyloids, but they generally have the same structure. This makes them different from the well-functioning proteins in the body, which can now be shown by multi photon laser technique.

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Journal Reference:
Piotr Hanczyc, Marek Samoc, Bengt Norden. Multiphoton absorption in amyloid protein fibres. Nature Photonics, 2013; DOI: 10.1038/nphoton.2013.282

Ben O (173)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 9:30 am
I heard about this a few days ago, could be promising. Coming from Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden makes me proud!

Arielle S (313)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 11:18 am
Wouldn't that be awesome? I wonder what creates amyloid protein aggregates? I've often suspected the meat based diet....

Kit B (276)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 11:32 am

Actually, Arielle a meat based diet being responsible has been recently over turned. I was surprised to learn that, though that is not enough for me to change my life style. There is far more about not eating meat than health issues.

JL A (282)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 5:08 pm
I hope this doesn't lead to the discovery that the proteins are a biproduct rather than a cause of the conditions

Mike M (43)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 6:00 pm
Interesting Let hope this spurs a more rapid research

Laurie H (817)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 7:26 pm
I will hope this holds out more promise, for advancing towards a cure for these devastating illnesses. Thank you so much Kit!!!~

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 7:57 pm
My Grandfather had Parkinson's and my Mother has Alzheimer's and if this could be treated by light of laser that would be wonderful for so many people in the future. My Grandfather has already taken his journey and I doubt this will be available in time for my Mother as she is already suffering from the condition. Thanks for information.

S S (0)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 1:11 pm
Thank you.

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Thursday November 7, 2013, 1:54 pm

Vita P (40)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 2:28 pm
Heard it on the Swedish news....very positive!!
Thank you.

Birgit W (160)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 2:29 pm
Great, thank you.

Ann Breeden (65)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 3:11 pm
This sounds like very encouraging news. My dad died from Parkinson's and I've always worried about my son getting it. Hope that isn't the case but maybe there's light at the end of the tunnel.

Barbara K (60)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 3:16 pm
Wow, I hope this is successful; it can save the lives of so many people and make others lives more enjoyable.
Thanks, my friend.

Jeanne R (1208)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 4:54 pm

Kathleen R (138)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 5:27 pm
Noted, thanks for the article... exciting information.

Lois J (63)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 5:44 pm
Noted w/ thanks for this info, Kit.
I just read an article earlier on Alternet stating that cannabis is very useful in the treatment of Parkinson's, Alzheimers...many diseases. So, it's great to see alternatives.

Gail R (89)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 7:39 pm
awesome news

Helen P (39)
Friday November 8, 2013, 4:31 am
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Helen P (39)
Friday November 8, 2013, 4:42 am
Me, I go natural.

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Anything goes wrong, I go to Creator and ask him to fix it. He does.

Marija M (31)
Friday November 8, 2013, 12:53 pm
good news

Winn A (179)
Friday November 8, 2013, 5:35 pm
From your lips to Gods ear!

Karen C (112)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 3:42 am
Thanks for this interesting article. Advances in science and medicine is moving so quickly....this is wonderful news. It could benefit so many.

Nancy L (141)
Friday November 15, 2013, 10:05 am
Lost my Dad in May. He suffered with Alzheimer's for about 6yrs.
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