Patents Examined by Mary Beth Jones
  • Patent number: 7297109
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for remotely measuring one's adherence to a diet program while making it convenient and easy to place food orders, and learn about and try new foods that are acceptable to the diet program. The system includes a user system with a processor, memory and at least one user interface device, a server system with a processor and memory, and a food delivery system coupled to the server system over the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Health Hero Network, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen J. Brown
  • Patent number: 7123956
    Abstract: Disclosed is a visceral fat estimation apparatus, comprising: an input device: an estimation device; a target calorie intake determination device; a calorie consumption determination device; an allowable calorie intake update device; and a calorie consumption device. According to the present invention the input device enters at least height, body weight and body fat rate of a person to be measured, and the estimation device estimates a visceral fat area based in the input value entered by the input device. Furthermore, the target calorie intake determination device determines a target calorie intake for a day, and the calorie consumption determination device determines a calorie to be consumed due to an exercise for a day. The allowable calorie intake update device updates an allowable calorie intake for a day, and the calorie consumption update device updates a calorie to be consumed due to an exercise for a day.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: Tanita Corporation
    Inventor: Koji Oguma
  • Patent number: 6993372
    Abstract: A method and device are presented for use in non-invasive optical measurements of at least one desired characteristic of patient's blood. A condition of artificial blood kinetics is created at a measurement location in a patient's blood perfused fleshy medium and maintained for a certain time period. This condition is altered over a predetermined time interval within said certain time period so as to modulate scattering properties of blood. Optical measurements are applied to the measurement location by illuminating it with incident light beams of at least two different wavelengths in a range where the scattering properties of blood are sensitive to light radiation, detecting light responses of the medium, and generating measured data indicative of time evolutions of the light responses of the medium for said at least two different wavelengths, respectively, over at least a part of said predetermined time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Orsense Ltd.
    Inventors: Ilya Fine, Alexander Finarov
  • Patent number: 6976968
    Abstract: A tissue sampling apparatus comprises a tubular body having a primary lumen for receiving a tissue sample. The tubular body includes a distal end, a proximal end, and a longitudinal axis extending from the proximal end to the distal end. The tissue sampling apparatus further comprises a cutting cylinder having a distal cutting edge, which is movable both distally and proximally relative to the tubular body. A band having an eyelet disposed therein extends across a distal end of the tissue sampling apparatus, wherein the eyelet is advantageously movable relative to the distal cutting edge in order to sever a distal end of the tissue sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Inventors: Mark A. Ritchart, George White
  • Patent number: 6963767
    Abstract: The invention relates to pulse oximeters used to measure blood oxygenation. The current trend towards lower power consumption has brought a problem of erroneous readings caused by intrachannel crosstalk, i.e. errors due to the coupling of undesired capacitive, inductive, or conductive (resistive) pulse power from the emitting side of the pulse oximeter directly to the detecting side of the oximeter. The pulse oximeter of the invention is therefore provided with means for detecting whether intrachannel crosstalk is present and whether it will cause erroneous results in the oxygenation measurements. The pulse oximeter is preferably further provided with means for eliminating intrachannel crosstalk which are adapted to control the measurement so that measurement signals can be obtained which are substantially void of crosstalk components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Assignee: GE Healthcare Finland Oy
    Inventors: Borje Rantala, Erno Muuranta, Markku Spoof, Matti Huiku
  • Patent number: 6942615
    Abstract: A life support apparatus comprising a vital information sensor attached to a body to acquire vital information of a user, a behavior information sensor attached to the body to acquire behavior information of the user, a situation recognition device which recognizes a user's situation based on the behavior information acquired by the behavior information sensor and the vital information acquired by the vital information sensor to generate user's situation information, a data base which stores stress management information are prepared in advance, an information search device which searches the data base for stress management information corresponding to the user's situation information, and an information presentation device which presents the stress management information obtained by the information search device to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Takuji Suzuki, Miwako Doi
  • Patent number: 6942623
    Abstract: There is provided an improved system for expired gas analysis indirect analysis indirect calorimetry comprising a unique compliant mixing chamber that is directly connected to a mouthpiece that, itself, is unique in providing enhanced saliva and expired moisture trapping capability. The volume of the inspired and expired gas as well as at least the oxygen and carbon dioxide concentrations in the expired gas in the mixing chamber are determined. The metabolic rate of the subject is calculated therefrom taking into account the anatomical dead space in the body of the subject. The mixing chamber is compliant, sized to accommodate a single expiration and partially open to the environment. Preferably, the system also includes means to determine the oxygen and carbon dioxide content of the inspired gas as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Science & Technology@ UNM
    Inventors: Robert A. Robergs, Joseph Weir
  • Patent number: 6911006
    Abstract: A pain inferring device for designing a shape giving a subject as little pain as possible when the subject touches the shape. The pain inferring device includes an input unit, an output unit, a main control unit, a learning storage unit, and a neural network. The neural network learns the relationship between the input value of shape data and the output value of the data on the degree of pain when a subject touches a shape. By the learning, an input/output function (namely, the coefficient of coupling of neurons in layers) representing the relationship between the input and output values is defined and stored in the learning storage unit. When the shape data is inputted through the input unit, the neural network infers the degree of pain by using the function stored in the learning storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai Rika Denki Seisakusho
    Inventors: Takashi Suzuki, Shuichi Takeuchi, Masato Nishikawa, Takashi Shinzato, Masahiko Miyata
  • Patent number: 6899683
    Abstract: An indirect calorimeter for measuring the metabolic rate of a subject includes a disposable portion and a reusable portion. The disposable portion includes a respiratory connector configured to be supported in contact with the subject so as to pass inhaled and exhaled gases as the subject breathes. The disposable portion also includes a flow pathway operable to receive and pass inhaled and exhaled gases, having a first end in fluid communication with the respiratory connector and a second end in fluid communication with a source and sink for respiratory gases. The disposable portion is disposed within the reusable portion, which includes a flow meter, a component gas concentration sensor, and a computation unit. The flow meter generates a signal as a function of the instantaneous flow volume of respiratory gases passing through the flow pathway and the component gas concentration sensor generates a signal as a function of the instantaneous fraction of a predetermined component gas in the exhaled gases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: Healthetech, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Mault, Edwin M. Pearce, Jr., Theodore W. Barber, Craig M. Lawrence, Timothy J. Prachar, Jeffrey C. Weintraub, Kevin S. Nason
  • Patent number: 6896651
    Abstract: A device and method for treatment of urinary stress incontinence. At least one electrode is implanted in a pelvic muscle of a patient. A control unit receives signals indicative of abdominal stress in the patient and responsive thereto applies an electrical waveform to the electrode which stimulates the muscle to contract, so as to inhibit involuntary urine flow through the patient's urethra due to the stress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: Biocontrol Medical Ltd.
    Inventors: Yossi Gross, Ehud Cohen, Israel Nissenkorn, David Lifschitz
  • Patent number: 6896661
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for using photoplethysmography to obtain physiological parameter information related to respiration or the autonomic nervous system. In one implementation, the process involves obtaining (602) a pleth, filtering (604) the pleth to remove unwanted components, identifying (606) a signal component of interest based on the filtered signal, monitoring (608) blood pressure changes, monitoring (610) heart rate, and performing (612) an analysis of the blood pressure signal to the heart rate signal to identify a phase relationship associated with the component of interest. Based on this phase relationship, the component of interest may be identified (614) as relating to the respiration or Mayer Wave. If it is related to the respiration wave (616), a respiratory parameter such as breathing rate may be determined (620). Otherwise, a Mayer Wave analysis (618) may be performed to obtain parameter information related to the autonomic nervous system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: Datex-Ohmeda, Inc.
    Inventor: Andreas Lubbertus Aloysius Johannes Dekker
  • Patent number: 6895263
    Abstract: A method of calibrating glucose monitor data includes collecting the glucose monitor data over a period of time at predetermined intervals. It also includes obtaining at least two reference glucose values from a reference source that temporally correspond with the glucose monitor data obtained at the predetermined intervals. Also included is calculating the calibration characteristics using the reference glucose values and the corresponding glucose monitor data to regress the obtained glucose monitor data. And calibrating the obtained glucose monitor data using the calibration characteristics is included. In preferred embodiments, the reference source is a blood glucose meter, and the at least two reference glucose values are obtained from blood tests. In additional embodiments, the calculation of the calibration characteristics is obtained using linear regression and in particular embodiments, least squares linear regression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: Medtronic MiniMed, Inc.
    Inventors: John J. Shin, Kris R. Holtzclaw, Nandita D. Dangui, Sami Kanderian, Jr., John J. Mastrototaro, Peter I. Hong
  • Patent number: 6893401
    Abstract: A non-invasive apparatus and method for monitoring the blood pressure of a subject detects a pulse signal at both a first and second location on the subject's body The elapsed time between the arrival of corresponding points of the pulse signal at the first and second locations is determined. Blood pressure is related to the elapsed time by relationships such as: P=a+b ln(T), where a and b are constants dependent upon the nature of the subject and the signal detecting devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: VSM Medtech Ltd.
    Inventors: Yunquan Chen, Luya Li, Cecil Hershler, Ryan Peter Dill
  • Patent number: 6890306
    Abstract: An active medical device have an improved diagnosis of a sleep apnea syndrome. This device measures the respiratory activity of the patient, determines a state of activity, this state being likely to take, according to satisfaction of predetermined criteria, a value representative of a state of sleep of the patient, and analyzes a detected signal corresponding to the respiratory activity to detect, when the aforementioned state is a state of sleep, the presence of respiratory pauses, and thereby to produce an indicating signal of sleep apnea in the event of the occurrence of a respiratory pause of duration longer than a first predetermined duration. The analysis also includes inhibiting the production of the aforesaid indicating signal, or a treatment to resolve an apnea, when the duration of the detected respiratory pause is longer than a second predetermined duration, typically of at least one minute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Assignee: ELA Medical S.A.
    Inventor: Yann Poezevera
  • Patent number: 6890311
    Abstract: Methods for performing medical procedures within the duct of a breast are described. An exemplary embodiment of the invention includes the steps of introducing a guiding member into a breast duct; introducing and positioning a member having an internal lumen in the breast duct; introducing a wash fluid into the breast duct through the internal lumen; removing washings from the breast duct through the internal lumen; and collecting the washings for cytological analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Susan M. Love, Sanford H. Barsky
  • Patent number: 6884223
    Abstract: A method for detecting ?-oxoaldehydes in the whole blood, blood plasma and/or serum of a patient. A respiratory air sample is analyzed for the presence of at least one ?-oxoaldehyde, and the presence of ?-oxoaldehydes in the whole blood, blood plasma and/or serum of the patient is determined from the results of the analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: Institut fur Chemo-und Biosensorik Munster E.V.
    Inventors: Wolfgang Kleibohmer, Uta Schulze-Pellengahr
  • Patent number: 6884212
    Abstract: An implantable article and method are disclosed for treating pelvic floor disorders such as vaginal vault prolase. A surgical kit useful for performing a surgical procedure such as a sacral colpopexy is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher A. Thierfelder, John W. Westrum, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6878121
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus are disclosed for scoring the quality of sleep experienced by a subject wearing the apparatus for a specified period. This sleep monitoring apparatus includes a motion sensor that quantifies the temporal variation in the subject's motion, an analog to digital converter to sample the sensor data, a microprocessor with embedded programmable memory to store control and processing firmware, a memory device for data storage, a display means, and a switch for staring and resetting the device. The firmware for this apparatus: (i) directs the microprocessor to sample sensor output at a prescribed time interval and to temporarily store this data in the memory device, (ii) directs the microprocessor to analyze the temporarily stored data to compute a sleep score based on the magnitude of movements recorded during the monitoring period, and (iii) controls the operation of the display means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Inventors: David T. Krausman, Richard P. Allen
  • Patent number: 6849045
    Abstract: A system and method for providing computerized, knowledge-based medical diagnostic and treatment advice. The medical advice is provided to the general public over networks, such as a telephone network or a computer network. The invention also includes a stand-alone embodiment that may utilize occasional connectivity to a central computer by use of a network, such as the Internet. New authoring languages, interactive voice response and speech recognition are used to enable expert and general practitioner knowledge to be encoded for access by the public. “Meta” functions for time-density analysis of a number of factors regarding the number of medical complaints per unit of time are an integral part of the system. A re-enter feature monitors the user's changing condition over time. A symptom severity analysis helps to respond to the changing conditions. System sensitivity factors may be changed at a global level or other levels to adjust the system advice as necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: First Opinion Corporation
    Inventor: Edwin C. Iliff
  • Patent number: 6849049
    Abstract: A patient monitoring apparatus for quantatively measuring a physiological characteristic of a patient. A first patient interface communicates with an airway of a patient such that substantially all gas inhaled and exhaled by the patient passes through the first patient interface. One or more vent elements associated with the first patient interface communicate the first patient interface with an ambient atmosphere so that a pressure differential is created between the pressure in the first patient interface and the pressure of the ambient atmosphere. A sensor communicates with the first patient interface and measures a fluid characteristic resulting from this pressure differential and outputs a first signal indicative of that characteristic. The output from the sensor is used alone, or in combination with the output from other sensors that detect other physiological characteristics, to provide a variety of information about the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: RIC Investments, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric W. Starr, Michael T. Kane, Eugene N. Scarberry
  • Patent number: 4771899
    Abstract: An accessory rack for storing a plurality of articles such as wearing apparel or clothing accessories including jewelry, scarfs, ties, belts, chains, handbags, beads and the like and which includes a plurality of generally C-shaped hooks which are suspended from a telescoping housing so as to provide upper and lower rows of horizontally oriented and spaced support bars upon which such articles may be selectively and securely supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1988
    Assignee: Benedict Engineering Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Charles E. Benedict, Judith B. McGinnis