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Source: Thailand Medical News  Jan 17, 2020  4 years, 3 months, 2 days, 15 hours, 2 minutes ago

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Can Be Treated By Blue Light

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Can Be Treated By Blue Light
Source: Thailand Medical News  Jan 17, 2020  4 years, 3 months, 2 days, 15 hours, 2 minutes ago
According to new research from the University of Arizona.Early morning blue light exposure therapy can aid the healing process of people impact by mild traumatic brain injury.


 
Dr William D. Killgore, Psychiatry Professor in the Tucson College of Medicine and lead author of the study told Thailand Medical News, "Daily exposure to blue wavelength light each morning helps to re-entrain the circadian rhythm so that people get better, more regular sleep. This is likely true for everybody, but we recently demonstrated it in people recovering from mild traumatic brain injury, or mTBI. That improvement in sleep was translated into improvements in cognitive function, reduced daytime sleepiness and actual brain repair."
 
The research study was published in the journal Neurobiology of Disease.
 
Typically, mild traumatic brain injuries, or concussions, are often the result of falls, fights, car accidents and sports participation. Among other threats, military personnel can also experience mTBI from exposure to explosive blasts: Shockwaves strike the soft tissue of the gut and push a burst of pressure into the brain, causing microscopic damage to blood vessels and brain tissue.
 
Dr Killgore added, "Your brain is about the consistency of thick Jell-O. Imagine a bowl of Jell-O getting hit from a punch or slamming against the steering wheel in a car accident. What's it doing? It's absorbing that shock and bouncing around. During that impact, microscopic brain cells thinner than a strand of hair can easily stretch and tear and rip from the force."
 
Individuals with a concussion or