Navigation Links
Laser Therapy Disappoints in Stroke Trial
Date:2/20/2009

Treatment targeting damaged brain areas did not bring significant reductions in disability, researchers say

FRIDAY, Feb. 20 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental laser treatment of damaged brain areas failed to significantly reduce disability in stroke patients, researchers report.

The trial was the first major clinical study of "transcranial" laser therapy for stroke.

In the trial, the researchers at the University of California, San Diego used the NeuroThera laser system within 24 hours of stroke onset, with the average time to treatment being 14.6 hours. The system uses low-energy infrared radiation that targets areas in and around stroke-damaged brain tissue.

While the impact of the laser therapy didn't reach statistical significance, it did appear to offer some improvement in patients who'd suffered moderate to moderately severe strokes, said the authors of the study, which was funded by the manufacturer, PhotoThera Inc.

The study included 660 patients in four countries. Overall, 36 percent of patients treated with the laser system improved to mild or no [disability] on a disability rating scale within 90 days, compared to 30.9 percent of patients in a control group who didn't receive laser therapy.

Among patients with moderate to severe stroke impairment, 51.6 percent of those treated with the laser system improved to the mild or no disability range in 90 days, compared to 41.9 percent of control group patients.

The findings appear in the journal Stroke and were to be presented Friday at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference in San Diego.

More information

The National Stroke Association has more about the effects of stroke.



-- Robert Preidt



American Heart Association, news release, Feb. 20, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Laser blasts viruses in blood
2. Skin Cooling After Laser Treatment Could Leave Marks
3. Prize for Cutting-Edge Laser Innovations
4. VNUS Medicals Patent Lawsuit Against Laser Competitors to Proceed to Trial
5. OmniGuide Announces Launch of LightPath(TM) CO2 Laser Fiber
6. Lumenis(R) Introduces the Newest Innovations in Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Therapy
7. Alma Lasers Answers Lumenis Complaint
8. Laser Energetics Delivers BrightStar(TM) Alexandrite Laser to Fortune 50 Defense Company
9. BioHorizons Introduces Its New Tapered Internal Implants Featuring Laser-Lok(R) Microgrooves
10. Imaging Diagnostic Systems to Present Laser Breast Imaging Clinical Results at the 2007 Radiological Society of North America Scientific Assembly
11. Low-level Laser Therapy Clinics Partnership Targets Helping People Nationwide
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Laser Therapy Disappoints in Stroke Trial
(Date:2/5/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 , ... Regular gym ... find themselves having to wait longer to access the treadmills. It’s a predictable trend. ... resolutions to lose weight and get in shape by joining gyms, starting new walking ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... ... Dr. Justin Scott and Dr. Lydia Muccioli of Pure Dental Health ... in need. The event is scheduled to take place on February 27, 2016 from ... dental care to community members in need. Each patient will be given the opportunity ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... Health and wellness is a ... individuals in the event they are experiencing an illness. Migraines are a severe form ... are afflicted with migraines would not wish the pain on their worst enemy, the ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... 2016 , ... –This week, Atascadero water heater company First Call Plumbing ... To view the report, click here or see below. , There ... pros and cons, the type chosen is almost entirely up to personal preference. However, ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... ... February 04, 2016 , ... American Addiction Centers ... the start of Project HoldSpace. Through the partnership, the two organizations seek to ... youth between the ages of 13 and 18. Currently focused on Ohio schools, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/4/2016)... 2016 Wegener Polyangiitis - Pipeline Review, ... ,Wegener Polyangiitis - Pipeline Review, H2 2015, provides ... This report provides comprehensive information on the ... analysis at various stages, therapeutics assessment by drug ... (RoA) and molecule type, along with latest updates, ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... 4, 2016 Frontier Pharma: Chronic Obstructive ... Innovation Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease ... inflammation of the airways and lungs. Persistent breathing ... the disease one of the leading causes of ... the world. COPD is linked to cumulative exposure ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... Feb. 4, 2016 In response to the opioid ... Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco, along with other ... the agency,s approach to opioid medications. The plan will focus ... patients in pain access to effective relief. ... , Re-examine the risk-benefit paradigm for opioids and ensure ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: