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  • Faster Moving Teeth!

This is a very important study as it could influence the way orthodontists practice. Twenty human patients who had braces were studied. The researchers measured the tooth movement and pain associated with the procedure. An average increase of 30% in the rate of tooth movement was observed with the low-intensity laser therapy. Pain scores in the experimental group were significantly lower compared with the controls. Just think about how less pain and a 30% faster tooth movement could dramatically reduce the discomfort and time associated with orthodontic treatment!

Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2012 Mar;141(3):289-97.

Could Laser Help Parkinson's Disease (PD)?

This article is important because it is from the neurology department of University of Wisconsin medical school and written by respected physicians. Their conclusion is that the functional recovery of animals with PD who got laser and light treatments showed significant improvements. There were improvements in brain chemistry, brain tissue and also an obvious delayed disease progression. Their conclusion was that the research shows the potential of laser and LED treatments to help Parkinson's disease. Because this is such a tough disease to treat, this article is important and follows other studies out of Harvard Medical School that show improvements in brain function and structure after low level laser treatments.  

Front Biosci. 2012 Jan 1;4:818-23.

Laser Helps Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

Animals were divided into 4 groups and treated with a 780 nm laseronce per day. It was observed that Laser Therapy both at early and late stage RA significantly reduced inflammation, toxic waste, hemorrhage, and tissue damage. It was interesting to note that there was more healthy fibrous tissue, cartilage cells, and newly formed bone. We have known for a long time that laser can alleviate many of the symptoms of osteoarthritis, but this is one of the first studies to show that laser can alleviate tissue damage and regenerate tissue in early and late stages of rheumatoid arthritis.   

  

Lasers Med Sci. 2012 Apr 27.

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