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Light Device Helps Beat Winter Blues
2011-11-10 12:00:02

People who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) -- a condition that comes with a shortage of daylight hours -- may have a new weapon to fight off those winter blues, according to a study by Finnish researchers. These researchers explain that the human brain is as sensitive to light as the eyes, making it possible to treat SAD with a new headset -- much like headphones -- that beams light, rather than music, into the ears. SAD is caused by the brain not receiving enough daylight...

2011-08-11 01:00:00

HELSINKI and BERGEN, Norway, August 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Valkee (http://valkee.com), inventor of the world's first bright-light headset, and scientists from the University of Oulu will present new findings on human brain's photosensitivity at the Scandinavian Physiology Society Annual Meeting 2011, August 12-14. Their research localized the OPN3 protein - known as the light-sensitive photoreceptor protein - in all of the 18 evaluated areas of the brain. These brain...

2010-12-15 13:30:00

HELSINKI, December 15, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Esther Dyson and Anssi Vanjoki have invested in Valkee as part of company's EUR 400,000 angel round. Valkee makes the bright light headset to treat and prevent seasonal affective disorder and other depression types. In clinical trials, 9 out of 10 patients have had symptoms relief in four weeks, using Valkee 8-12 minutes daily - a revolutionary result. "Our goal is to create a new category of depression treatments. Esther and Anssi are...


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