Green Light Could Ease Suffering In Patients With Migraines

Green Light Could Ease Suffering In Patients With Migraines

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TONIGHT, MANAGING MIGRAINES AND A TREATMENT FOR RELIEF GETS THE GREEN LIGHT. BLUE, RED, AND AMBER LIGHT SEEM TO MAKE THE HEADACHES WORSE BUT BOSTON RESEARCHERS DISCOVERED THAT GREEN LIGHTS CAN REDUCE SYMPTOMS. HERE’S DR. MALLIKA MARSHALL WITH THE DETAILS. Reporter: 42-YEAR-OLD NAOMI HAS HAD MIGRAINES SINCE SHE WAS A TEENAGER. IT’S LIKE RIGHT IN THIS AREA. Reporter: LIKE MORE THAN 80% OF SUFFERERS, BRIGHT LIGHTS MADE THEM WORSE. I CLOSED THE DRAPES, AND I DON’T GO TO STORE WHERE IS EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE BRIGHT. Reporter: RESEARCHERS AT BETH ISRAEL MEDICAL CENTER RECRUITED PATIENTS FOR MORE. SUBJECTS WERE BROUGHT INTO THIS ROOM WHEN THEY HAD A MIGRAINE AND WHEN THEY DIDN’T AND WERE SHOWN FOUR COLORS, BLUE, RED, AMBER, AND GREEN. WHAT RESEARCHERS FOUND WAS SURPRISING. BLUE AND RED LIGHT MADE THE HEADACHES WORSE BUT GREEN LIGHT REDUCED THEM BY 20%. GREEN LIGHT IS CALMING. IT’S COMFORTABLE. IT’S RELAXING WHILE THE OTHER COLORS WILL MAKE YOU ANXIOUS AND ANGRY. Reporter: RESEARCHERS DISCOVERED THAT BLUE AND RED LIGHTS GENERATED LARGEST SIGNALS IN THE BRAIN AND GREEN, THE SMALLEST. LIKE A DEEP BREATH. Reporter: THE TEAM IS DEVELOPING A SPECIAL LIGHT BULB AND SUNGLASSES TO FILTER OUT ALL COLORS EXCEPT GREEN TO HELP PATIENTS LIKE NAOMI. THEYSAY THE LIGHT BULB AND SUNGLASSES WOULD BE WAY TOO EXPENSIVE TO MARKET TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC SO THE CHALLENGE IS TO COME UP WITH AFFORDABLE VERSIONS TO HELP WITH MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. AND I’M LUCKY THAT I DON’T SUFFER FROM THEM AND I TREAT PEOPLE WHO DO, AND THEY ARE MISERABLE. I WONDER IF JUST THE GREEN LIGHT IF YOU GET A GREEN LIGHT BULB AS INEXPENSIVE AS A FIX IT MIGHT BE. Reporter: THAT’S WHAT THEY’RE WORKING ON. THEYSAY IT’S A SPECIFIC WAVE LENGTH OF GREEN LIGHT AND IT WOULD ALLOW PEOPLE TO GET WORK

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