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Birthmarks Best Treated With Red Laser Light

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June 18, 1999
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Netherlands Organization For Scientific Research
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Mikhail Gorbachev was probably not greatly troubled by the "port wine stain" on his forehead, or perhaps he had no faith in the available treatments. Nevertheless, one in three of such birthmarks can be effectively treated using a laser.

Mikhail Gorbachev was probably not greatly troubled by the "port wine stain" on his forehead, or perhaps he had no faith in the available treatments. Nevertheless, one in three of such birthmarks can be effectively treated using a laser. As part of a project funded by the NWO's Technology Council (STW), physicists at the University of Amsterdam have been able to improve the method considerably by increasing the wavelength of the laser light by a few nanometres, making it redder and able to penetrate better.


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