Clarify Medical wins CMS reimbursement for phototherapy psoriasis treatment
Clarify Medical said today that it won reimbursement coverage through the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for treatments with its Clarify Home light therapy system for treating psoriasis, effective immediately. The new decision from CMS falls under its National Coverage Determination for the treatment of psoriasis, which includes narrowband ultraviolet B phototherapy, San Diego-based Clarify Medical said. The company’s Clarify system uses narrowband ultraviolet B rays to penetrate the skin and slow the growth of affected skin cells. Studies have found that narrowband UVB rays help to clear psoriasis...
Source: Mass Device - February 12, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Cosmetic/Aesthetic Clarify Medical Source Type: news

Scientists to test light therapy as relief from painful side effect of cancer treatment
(University at Buffalo) University at Buffalo researchers have received part of a $1.5 million grant to investigate light therapy as a replacement for prescription opioids in treating oral mucositis, painful ulcers and swelling in the mouth that result from chemotherapy and radiation treatment for cancer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - February 11, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Balneo-phototherapy: Studies now show greater benefit also in atopic eczema
(Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care) For psoriasis, it has been known since 2007 that UV light therapy should be combined with brine baths. New data have now shown this also for atopic eczema. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 29, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The Academy of Laser Dentistry Partners Again with the Greater New York Dental Meeting to Provide Unbiased Laser Training
3 Essential Sessions Will Provide a Glimpse of What ’s Aheadat the ALD ’s Annual Meeting in AprilCoral Springs, FL – November 12, 2018 – For the 11th consecutive year, the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) will carry on its mission of providing unbiased, non-commercial laser education and training with three hands-on sessions during the upcoming Greater New York Dental Meeting.According to ALD executive director Gail Siminovsky, “We’re pleased to announce that the, ALD is continuing its tradition of sponsoring several objective CE programs, taught by some of the world’s most pr...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - November 14, 2018 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Symptoms and treatment of psoriatic arthritis rash
Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) causes pain and inflammation of the joints. Many people with PsA also experience the red, scaly rash that is characteristic of psoriasis. Treatments for the rash include topical medications, light therapy, and oral and intravenous drugs. Learn more here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psoriatic Arthritis Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What to know about light therapy for psoriasis
Light therapy is an effective treatment for moderate to severe psoriasis. Learn about the types, procedure, and side effects of light therapy for psoriasis here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psoriasis Source Type: news

UC researcher fighting breast cancer with light therapy
(University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center) Nalinikanth Kotagiri, M.D., Ph.D., is studying ways ultraviolet light can activate light-sensitive drugs to treat metastatic breast cancer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - October 17, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Thanks to $1.72M federal grant: UA researchers using green light for HIV-related pain
(University of Arizona Health Sciences) Green light therapy results in decreased chronic pain without side effects and has the promise of easy clinical application due to its low cost, efficacy and availability. This new project addresses the critical need for effective non-pharmacological treatments for HIV-related neuropathy and the hypersensitivity associated with antiretroviral therapy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 17, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Thanks to $1.72 million federal grant: UA researchers using green light for HIV-related pain
(University of Arizona Health Sciences) Green light therapy results in decreased chronic pain without side effects and has the promise of easy clinical application due to its low cost, efficacy and availability. This new project addresses the critical need for effective non-pharmacological treatments for HIV-related neuropathy and the hypersensitivity associated with antiretroviral therapy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Light Therapy Improves Sleep, Cuts Depression in Dementia Light Therapy Improves Sleep, Cuts Depression in Dementia
Lighting that optimizes circadian rhythms reduces sleep disruption, agitation, and depression in nursing home residents with dementia.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Light Therapy Improves Dementia Symptoms
Light Therapy Improves Sleep, Cuts Depression in Dementia Patients (Source: eMedicineHealth.com)
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - July 27, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

New Treatment Can Reverse Effects Of Vitiligo
WORCESTER (CBS) – Vitiligo is a common condition that causes people to lose pigment in their skin. Michael Jackson famously suffered from it, allegedly bleaching his skin to make it look more even. Patients are often told there are no effective treatments but a local doctor and one of the world’s leading experts on vitiligo says that’s just not true. “I noticed it around my eyes at the beginning,” explains 9-year old Aparna Deokar was almost three when she started developing white patches around her eyes. By the time she was five, she had many more. Aparna Deokar (WBZ-TV) “Mostly just e...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall UMass Medical School vitiligo Source Type: news

Skin treatment device-maker Clarify Medical raises $1m
Clarify Medical has raised $1 million from 7 investors as part of a $1.5 million offering, according to a document filed with the SEC this week. The San Diego, California-based company has not publicly clarified how it plans to spend its new funds. Clarify Medical sells an at-home light therapy device designed for people living with psoriasis and vitiligo. The company’s system uses narrowband ultraviolet B rays to penetrate the skin and slow the growth of affected skin cells. Studies have found that narrowband UVB rays help to clear psoriasis faster compared to broadband UVB, according to Clarify Medical. UVB light a...
Source: Mass Device - July 5, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Cosmetic/Aesthetic Funding Roundup Clarify Medical Source Type: news

Academy of Laser Dentistry Announces Call for Abstracts for ALD 2019 Annual Session
“The Laser-Systemic Connection: Lighting the Way to a Healthier Mouth and Body” will Take Place in Dallas on April 4-6, with Opening Keynoteby Leading Oral-Systemic Health Advocate, Charles Whitney, MDCoral Springs, FL – June 18, 2018 –The Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD), the only independent and unbiased non-profit association dedicated to improving patient care with the proper use of laser technology, recently issued a call for abstracts for its upcoming annual meeting.Known internationally as “dentistry’s laser meeting”, ALD 2019 is at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas from April 4t...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - June 22, 2018 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Bright-Light Rx May Help Alleviate Cancer-Related Fatigue Bright-Light Rx May Help Alleviate Cancer-Related Fatigue
Nonpharmacologic approaches, such as bright-light therapy, can help alleviate cancer-related fatigue, which affects almost all patients with cancer.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

New 'light therapy' could treat constipation better than drugs
Scientists in Australia and at Washington University discovered that they could quickly cure constipation in mice that they had genetically engineered to have neurons that 'move' in response to blue light. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New 'light therapy' could treat constipation better than drugs, study finds   
Scientists in Australia and at Washington University discovered that they could quickly cure constipation in mice that they had genetically engineered to have neurons that 'move' in response to blue light. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Light Therapy May Have Helped Olympic Swimmers Adjust to Late-night Competitions Light Therapy May Have Helped Olympic Swimmers Adjust to Late-night Competitions
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines)
Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines - May 7, 2018 Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Orthopaedics News Source Type: news

Medtronic taps Harvard cardiologist Mauri for clinical research VP | Personnel Moves – April 10, 2018
Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) said last week it tapped Harvard Medical School professor and cardiologist Dr. Laura Mauri as its new vice president of global clinical research and analytics. In the new position, Dr. Mauri will direct dynamic global clinical research strategies as well as the development of novel analytical and data science solutions as the Fridley, Minn.-baesd company looks to address “expanding global requirements for clinical evidence for our products.” Dr. Mauri is slated to assume the role on September 1, Medtronic said. Prior to joining Medtronic, Dr. Mauri served as chief scientific officer of...
Source: Mass Device - April 10, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Avedro Inc. Clarify Medical GE Harvard Henry Schein Medical Mauna Kea Technologies Medtronic milestonescientific Nemaura Medical Omnicell Inc. personnel-moves Second Sight Stryker Source Type: news

Brighter Days Ahead: Light Therapy for Bipolar Depression Brighter Days Ahead: Light Therapy for Bipolar Depression
Medscape spoke with Dr Dorothy Sit about her research into the potentially robust impact of this simple treatment.Medscape Psychiatry (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry Expert Interview Source Type: news

New Treatment Could Be 'Breakthrough' for Vitiligo
The new therapy includes the oral medication Xeljanz (tofacitinib) -- a drug already approved for use in rheumatoid arthritis patients that dampens the body's immune response -- and ultraviolet-B light therapy. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

3 Pervasive, Persistent Myths about Seasonal Affective Disorder
Our society tends to dismiss seasonal affective disorder (SAD). We minimize it. We misunderstand it. Oh, you just don’t like winter. And who could blame you? Winter is tough on everyone. Oh, SAD is like the winter blues, right? You get grumpy or moody because you hate the freezing cold. You’re just in a funk. It happens to a lot of people. It’s totally normal. How can you feel depressed when the air is so crisp and it’s a winter wonderland out there? We incorporate SAD into our vocabulary, flippantly using it in conversation. “Similar to someone saying “I can’t make up my mind, it...
Source: Psych Central - January 31, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Depression Disorders General Seasonal Affective Disorder Stigma Light therapy Mental Health Stigma phototherapy SAD summer depression summertime depression winter depression wintertime depression Source Type: news

Yale dermatologists successfully restore skin color in vitiligo patients
A Yale team has successfully applied a novel combination therapy — an arthritis medication and light therapy — to restore skin color in vitiligo patients. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - January 31, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Vitiligo treated successfully with arthritis drug and light therapy
(Yale University) Building on prior research that examined the use of an arthritis medication to treat vitiligo, a team of Yale dermatologists has successfully applied a novel combination therapy -- the medication and light -- to restore skin color in patients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Bright Light Therapy May Help Fatigued Cancer Survivors Sleep Better Bright Light Therapy May Help Fatigued Cancer Survivors Sleep Better
Cancer survivors often suffer from chronic fatigue, and when they do, a new study suggests that waking up to bright white light may help them sleep better.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Bright light therapy may help fatigued cancer survivors sleep better
(Reuters Health) - Cancer survivors often suffer from chronic fatigue, and when they do, a new study suggests that waking up to bright white light may help them sleep better. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Light-triggered nanoparticles show promise against metastatic cancer
(Washington University School of Medicine) A new anti-cancer strategy wields light as a precision weapon. Unlike traditional light therapy -- which is limited to the skin and areas accessible with an endoscope -- this technique can target and attack cancer cells that have spread deep inside the body, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - January 25, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Bright light therapy improves sleep in people treated for cancer
(American Academy of Sleep Medicine) Results of a randomized controlled trial suggest that systematic bright light exposure can improve sleep for fatigued people who have been treated for cancer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - January 16, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Complementary Health Approaches for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
How do light therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, St. John’s wort, melatonin, and vitamin D stack up as treatments for SAD? The current issue of NCCIH Clinical Digest has all the latest research https://nccih.nih.gov/health/providers/digest/Seasonal-Affective-Disorder-science?nav=cd. /da (Source: MCR News)
Source: MCR News - December 20, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: liaison Tags: All Members Source Type: news

Researchers are developing light therapy as a non-invasive, alternative treatment for disease
(Natural News) Artificial light has both its risks and benefits, but a new study shows that it may be the solution to minimally invasive, drug-free treatments. Researchers are currently developing new ways using infrared neuromodulation to treat cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heart beat), hypertension (high blood pressure), asthma, sleep apnea (suspension of breathing during sleep), diarrhea, and... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Seasonal Affective Disorder
Gray and cloudy skies are not unusual in the Pacific Northwest. But, as the days become shorter and the dark starts setting in about mid-afternoon, it is easy to be less energized and feel more like hibernating. This is not unusual. However, for those who experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), other more intense symptoms may appear such as: sadness    gloomy outlook sadness gloomy outlook feeling hopeless, worthless, or irritable loss of interest or pleasure in activities low energy difficulty sleeping or oversleeping carbohydrate cravings and weight gain thoughts of death or even suicide The causes of S...
Source: Dragonfly - December 18, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health Source Type: news

Blue-light therapy following mild traumatic brain injury: effects on white matter water diffusion in the brain - Bajaj S, Vanuk JR, Smith R, Dailey NS, Killgore WDS.
Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is a common and often inconspicuous wound that is frequently associated with chronic low-grade symptoms and cognitive dysfunction. Previous evidence suggests that daily blue wavelength light therapy may be effective at re... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Program and Other Evaluations, Effectiveness Studies Source Type: news

FDA Approves UV-Light-Adjustable Intraocular Lens for Cataract Surgery
The FDA has approved an intraocular lens that can be adjusted with ultraviolet light therapy after cataract surgery to optimize a patient's vision without glasses... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - November 27, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Light Therapy Might Help People With Bipolar Depression
(Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Patti Neighmond Source Type: news

FDA Approves UV-Light-Adjustable Intraocular Lens for Cataract Surgery
The FDA has approved an intraocular lens that can be adjusted with ultraviolet light therapy after cataract surgery to optimize a patient's vision without glasses... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - November 27, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

5 Pieces of Damaging Advice for Treating Depression
There’s plenty of advice on treating depression. There are thousands of books, blog posts and magazine articles. Everyone seems to have an opinion. Try this herb or vitamin. Avoid sugar. Be grateful. Be more grateful. You just need some fresh air. Go to therapy. Don’t go to therapy—it’s a waste of time and money. Of course, some advice is sincerely spot-on. Some advice seems helpful, but misses the mark for people struggling with clinical depression. And some of it is just plain bad. Which is why we asked psychologists who specialize in depression to share the damaging advice they’ve come acr...
Source: Psych Central - November 23, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Depression Disorders Family General Psychotherapy Relationships & Love Self-Help behavioral activation therapy Clinical Depression depression advice Depression Treatment giving advice Intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy lo Source Type: news

Visually Augmented Targeted Combination Light Therapy for Acne Visually Augmented Targeted Combination Light Therapy for Acne
A novel approach to using phototherapy for inflammatory acne was successful in this patient.Journal of Medical Case Reports (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Dermatology Journal Article Source Type: news

New 3D-printed braces include lights and batteries
Researchers from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia have created 3D-printed braces that use light therapy to enhance bone regeneration and speed up realignment. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Could THIS psoriasis treatment revolutionise HOME remedies for the skin condition?
A PSORIASIS blue-light therapy treatment reduces symptoms of the skin condition in 84 per cent of patients, according to a survey. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - October 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists develop probe to prevent Alzheimer's disease
Researchers from Rice University in Houston, Texas, designed a device that could cure Alzheimer's. This probe uses light therapy to target clumps in the brain that can cause symptoms of dementia. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bright White Light Therapy Promising for Bipolar Depression
Midday bright light sessions associated with higher remission rate than dim red placebo light treatment (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - October 16, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Psychiatry, Journal, Source Type: news

'Light therapy' may offer relief to patients with bipolar disorder
People afflicted with bipolar disorder may find some relief from depression with daily doses of light therapy, new research suggests. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Light Therapy May Help Some With Bipolar Disorder
Study found an hour in front of a light box helped ease depressive symptoms (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - October 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Daily ‘ Light Therapy ’ May Help Some With Bipolar Disorder
Study found an hour in front of a light box helped ease depressive symptoms (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - October 12, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Neurology, Nursing, Psychiatry, News, Source Type: news

Daily'Light Therapy' May Help Some with Bipolar Disorder
Study found an hour in front of a light box helped ease depressive symptoms Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Bipolar Disorder (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - October 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Daily'Light Therapy' May Help Some With Bipolar Disorder
THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 -- People afflicted with bipolar disorder may find some relief from depression with daily doses of light therapy, new research suggests. With light therapy, people spend time sitting in close proximity to a light-emitting... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 12, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Bright light therapy at midday helped patients with bipolar depression
(Northwestern University) Daily exposure to bright white light at midday significantly decreased symptoms of depression and increased functioning in people with bipolar disorder, a recent Northwestern Medicine study found. More than 68 percent of patients who received midday bright light achieved a normal level of mood, compared to 22.2 percent of patients who received a dim placebo light. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Bright Light Therapy Improves Bipolar Depression Bright Light Therapy Improves Bipolar Depression
Portable and easy to use, light therapy may be an option for patients with an inadequate response to antidepressants or who experience side effects from these medications.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Evaluation of a randomized controlled trial on the effect on return to work with coaching combined with light therapy and pulsed electromagnetic field therapy for workers with work-related chronic stress - Nieuwenhuijsen K, Schoutens AMC, Frings-Dresen MHW, Sluiter JK.
BACKGROUND: Chronic work-related stress is quite prevalent in the working population and is in some cases accompanied by long-term sick leave. These stress complaints highly impact employees and are costly due to lost productivity and medical expenses. A n... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 5, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Testing Potential Uses for Light Therapy Testing Potential Uses for Light Therapy
Green and red light therapies explored to treat migraines and skin conditions.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news