Beam Me Up, Dr. Streeter

by The Editors on April 22, 2008

Phome HeadA Carlsbad man, Dr. Jackson Streeter, is working on an investigative light therapy that he says can help save injured brain cells, specifically in cases of nerve and spinal cord injuries, as well as Parkinson’s disease. The company is called PhotoThera and it’s device works like this:

A hand-held probe delivers an infrared energy signal into the brain. It stimulates mitochondria, which provide energy to each living cell. The mitochondria in neurons shut down when the brain is injured. “When that energy transfer takes place, it keeps cells alive inside the brain that might otherwise die,” Dr. Streeter says.

We wouldn’t mind trying to rescue some of our damaged brain cells. Streeter hopes to get FDA approval by next year.


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