From headphones that beam light to the brain to improve mood to mind-controlled prosthetics, we bring you the most innovative stories from the world of wellness research.

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Mood-Boosting ‘Headphones’ Send Light Directly To The Brain The VALKEE Bright Light Headset is a light treatment solution for seasonal affective disorder that was designed to be worn like a pair of earbuds, shining light to a user’s brain via their ear canals. Light therapy targets the brain’s photosensitive areas which can cause depression and mood swings when not receiving enough light. The idea is that the artificial light substitutes the mood-elevating effects of the sun by channeling bright light directly to the brain. VALKEE’s creators claim that their approach is more effective than traditional light therapy, which usually requires light to be absorbed through a user’s eyes, since the ear canal is the thinnest part of the skull. The VALKEE headset is extremely portable, allowing users to ‘plug in’ it for the recommended 6-12 minutes per day wherever they may be.

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