Lasers Helping to Treat Brain Disorders

15181717_SLasers seemingly can do it all, as we point out time and time again on this blog.

Recently, we have touched upon laser weapons, the use of lasers regarding self-driving cars, and lasers in space exploration.

Those are all fine uses of this wonderful technology, but we haven’t talked about how lases could save a countless number of lives.

Lasers have the potential to reshape hospitals and the healthcare infrastructure, cauterizing the wounds of society.

We of course are talking about the role that lasers play when it comes to surgery, but that’s not the only medical use for lasers.

An x-ray laser experiment could possibly design drugs for brain disorders, according to the Stanford Medicine News Center.

The x-ray laser experiment in question is the Linac Coherent Light Source X-ray laser.

The Stanford Medicine News Center reports:

“Researchers at the School of Medicine and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory mapped the 3-D atomic structure of a two-part protein complex that controls the release of signaling chemicals, called neurotransmitters, from brain cells. Understanding how cells release those signals in less than one-thousandth of a second could help launch a new wave of research on drugs for treating brain disorders.”

The ability to accurately determine drugs for treating brain disorders is a HUGE step in the right direction. This can be a notoriously tricky thing to predict and many people go years without figuring out what drugs work best for disorders.

The use of lasers will help change that, creating a more trustworthy healthcare system where patients can rest easy knowing that whatever brain disorders they may be struggling with can be successfully treated.