Patents Examined by Nikita R. Veniaminov
  • Patent number: 7029432
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for alleviating or curing human afflictions, ailments and diseases holistically by application of magnetism. A north pole surface of a magnet is applied to a portion of the extremities, about 990 square inches' of the upper extremities and 1800 square inches of the lower extremities, of a person being treated, and is maintained in contact for a time period or periods in accordance with total flux applied for the afflictions or ailments being treated. The magnet is maintained in contact for a time period or periods sufficient to elicit holistic effect of alleviation or cure and to detect ailments and cure in progress or a balanced treatment point. Magnet is being configurated to accommodate the area being treated and having appropriate total flux.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Inventor: Gilson Woo
  • Patent number: 7004899
    Abstract: A portable, self-contained medical diagnostic system is provided for assessing urinary function. The system includes a control device including a processor, a pump device, and a pressure sensor, and a test module removably coupled to the control device, and further including a pressure interface and a tubing assembly defining a first fluid conduit between a first fluid inlet and a first fluid outlet. The pump device is coupled to the first fluid conduit for pumping fluid therethrough. The system also includes an insert member having a first channel therethrough and coupled to the first fluid outlet so that fluid flowing through the first fluid conduit may flow through the first channel. The insert member is dimensioned for insertion into a patient's bladder through the urethral canal. When so inserted, the pressure interface transmits bladder pressure information to the pressure sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael R. Tracey
  • Patent number: 6991594
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for altering the charge distribution upon living membranes with functional stabilizational of the membrane physical electrical integrity further comprising a method for using submicroscopic, quadripolar, circular, center charged, energy balanced magnetic device in a four (4) magnet array of alternating polarity in which the magnetic poles are separated only by a distance which will allow a magnetic sphere of influence on all adjacent poles to suppress the firing of action potentials of mammalian sensory neurons. The method and apparatus further provides a static magnetic device for production of a magnetic field for treatment of various disorders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Holcomb Healthcare Services, LLC
    Inventor: Robert R. Holcomb
  • Patent number: 6971396
    Abstract: A patient's upper airway condition such as snoring and sleep apnea is treated by selecting a particulate material selected for limited migration within tissue and for encouraging a fibrotic response of tissue to the material. A bolus of the particulate material is injected into the tissue area to structurally stiffen the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: Restore Medical Inc.
    Inventors: Mark B. Knudson, Katherine S. Tweden, Timothy R. Conrad
  • Patent number: 6955639
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods of using metal nanoparticles 0.5 to 400 nm in diameter to enhance the dose and effectiveness of x-rays or of other kinds of radiation in therapeutic regimes of ablating a target tissue such as tumor. The metal nanoparticles can be administered intravenously, intra-arterially, or locally to achieve specific loading in and around the target tissue. The metal nanoparticles can also be linked to chemical and/or biochemical moieties which bind specifically to the target tissue. The enhanced radiation methods can also be applied to ablate unwanted tissues or cells ex vivo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Assignee: Nanoprobes, Inc.
    Inventors: James F. Hainfeld, Daniel N. Slatkin
  • Patent number: 6955640
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for brachytherapy. One method includes locating a region of cardiac tissue having a relatively large probability of originating or transmitting electrical signals which result in arrhythmic activity and irradiating the region of cardiac tissue to reduce the amount of arrhythmic activity. Irradiating can include regulating protein expression of myocardial cells, killing myocardial cells, ablating myocardial cells, irradiating sleeves of atrial muscle that extend from a left atrial wall around the pulmonary veins, and/or creating lesions that block electrical conduction through myocardial tissue. Locating the region can include locating a foci of an atrial arrhythmia or locating the foci adjacent a pulmonary vein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard S. Sanders, Bruce H. Kenknight, David S. Wood, Richard V. Calfee
  • Patent number: 6951534
    Abstract: A highly compliant and elastic cardiac support device is provided. The device is constructed from a biocompatible material is applied to an external surface of a heart. The device can be used to resist dilatation of the heart, to provide acute wall support, or to enhance reduction in the size of the heart using stored potential energy, without interfering with systolic contraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2005
    Assignee: Acorn Cardiovascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Girard, J. Edward Shapland, Donald F. Palme, II
  • Patent number: 6951533
    Abstract: The invention provides techniques for securely engaging an organ, such as a beating heart, with a manipulating device. A bag-like device may be deployed around a substantial volume of the organ and the manipulating device. In one embodiment, the bag-like device may be net-like, including one or more mesh apertures. Once deployed, the bag-like device cooperates with the manipulating device when the organ is manipulated and reduces the risk that the organ will be inadvertently released or dropped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2005
    Assignee: Iotek, Inc.
    Inventor: Frederick J. Foley
  • Patent number: 6936000
    Abstract: A process and apparatus for selecting or designing a product, such as a muffler, having a complex, content-free sound output which is less stressful or more pleasing. The process includes the steps of sensing at least one physiological response of a subject (21) while the subject listens to an initial content-free sound output, repeating the sensing step for a new content-free sound output, comparing the physiological responses, and selecting the sound output for use in selecting or designing the product which output produces the physiological response that is the least stressful or most pleasing to the subject. The apparatus includes an audio playback device (15), a sound recording (16) of the initial sound, a sound recording (16) of the new sound, and physiological monitoring apparatus (17) suitable for attachment to and monitoring of the physiological responses of the test subject (21) to the playback of the sound recordings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: Flowmaster, Inc.
    Inventor: Ray T. Flugger
  • Patent number: 6932758
    Abstract: A coupled seed train is formed by placing a plurality of seed train members into the lumen of a hollow tube. A plurality of accommodation slots are formed in the tube in spaced relation to one another along the length of the hollow tube. The members of the seed train are positioned within the lumen such that each accommodation slot is in registration with a space between contiguous members of the seed train. An adhesive is introduced into each accommodation slot to join the members of the train to one another in end-to-end relation with one another. The seed train and plunger are then placed into the lumen of a needle and the needle is introduced into the tissue of a patient. A plunger abuts the trailing end of the seed train and remains stationary as the needle is withdrawn over the seed train and plunger. The seed train is deployed at the proper position within the tissue. The needle and the plunger are then withdrawn from the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Inventor: Robert McKenzie
  • Patent number: 6932759
    Abstract: Described is a surgical instrument and method for treating female urinary stress incontinence. The instrument includes a first curved needle-like element defining in part a curved shaft having a distal end and a proximal, a tape, or mesh, for implanting into the lower abdomen of a female to provide support to the urethra; a second curved needle element having a proximal end and a distal end, and a coupler for simultaneous attachment to the distal end of the first needle and the distal end of the second needle. In an alternate embodiment, the second curved needle is an anesthesia needle and the method includes anesthetizing the needle pathway through a patient's body to facilitate the passage of the first needle and mesh therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Inventors: Gene W. Kammerer, Brian Luscombe, Hans-Jochen Hoepffner, Susanne Landgrebe, Ulf Ulmsten, Jorn Lehe, Laura Angelini
  • Patent number: 6926663
    Abstract: An infant support for use with an incubator or a warmer or a combination thereof comprises a support surface having a head end and a foot end and a driver engageable with the head and foot ends. The driver comprises a first elevator and a second elevator. The first elevator is engageable with the head end and the second elevator is engageable with the foot end. The driver is movable to cause the head and foot ends to move between raised and lowered positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Draeger Medical Infant Care, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph A. Costanzo
  • Patent number: 6926665
    Abstract: A valve for a bladder control device including an elongate housing having a valve seat disposed therein. A stopper is also disposed within the housing and is moveable between a first position in which the stopper engages the valve seat and a second position wherein the stopper is moved distally of the valve seat. A tension spring can be connected to the stopper to biases the stopper toward the valve seat. A lumen is defined through the housing having a first portion disposed distally of the valve seat having a diameter approximately equal to a diameter of the stopper. A second portion of the lumen disposed distally of the first portion has a greater diameter than the first portion of the lumen. Yet a third portion of the lumen disposed distally of the second portion has a diameter less than that of the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Feelsure Health Corporation
    Inventor: Valery Migachyov
  • Patent number: 6918869
    Abstract: The invention provides a system which comprises a medical device that delivers a combination of therapies. These therapies include the administration of radiation, biologically active materials, cryotherapy, and thermotherapy. The present invention is also directed to a method of treating body lumen surfaces using the system of the invention. A system is provided for delivering a biologically active material to a surface of a body lumen being exposed to a radioactive source. In one aspect, the system comprises an implantable medical device which has two opposing ends, each having a surface, and a middle portion. The two opposing ends comprise a biologically active material and the middle portion of the medical device is substantially free of any biologically active material. In another aspect, the system delivers a genetic material to a surface of a body lumen which is exposed to a radioactive source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Assignee: SciMed Life Systems
    Inventors: William J. Shaw, James Barry, Paul J. Goll, Maria Palasis
  • Patent number: 6916283
    Abstract: A system and method for assessing urinary function is provided. The system includes a processor, a tubing assembly forming a first fluid conduit between a first fluid inlet and a first fluid outlet, and an insert member having a channel therethrough and coupled to the first fluid outlet so that fluid flowing through the first fluid conduit may flow through the insert member. The insert member is dimensioned for at least partial insertion into a patient's urethral canal distal of the patient's urethral sphincter, and dimensioned so that, when inserted, it substantially blocks fluid flow into or out of the urethral canal other than through the insert member channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2005
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Tracey, Martin Nohilly
  • Patent number: 6911003
    Abstract: Surgical articles, implants and components suitable for a transobturator surgical procedure are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventors: Kimberly A. Anderson, Brian P. Watschke, Georges Mellier, Johann J. Neisz
  • Patent number: 6901933
    Abstract: This invention is an apparatus for simulating human traumatic injury in an animal, said apparatus comprising a support having an aperture having end walls and side walls disposed therein; a sliding element slidingly engaged with said side walls of said aperture, said sliding element having a retainer disposed thereon for receiving an animal holder having a hinged first end therein; and a crank arm operatively connected to both said sliding element, and an actuator mechanism. The apparatus allows animal head motion simulative of hyperflexural trauma associated with actual injuries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: The UAB Research Foundation
    Inventors: Jay M. Meythaler, Jean D. Peduzzi-Nelson, Evangelos Eleftheriou
  • Patent number: 6902524
    Abstract: A jacket of biological compatible material has an internal volume dimensioned for an apex of the heart to be inserted into the volume and for the jacket to be slipped over the heart. The jacket has a longitudinal dimension between upper and lower ends sufficient for the jacket to surround a lower portion of the heart with the jacket surrounding a valvular annulus of the heart and further surrounding the lower portion to cover at least the ventricular lower extremities of the heart. The jacket is adapted to be secured to the heart with the jacket surrounding at least the valvular annulus and the ventricular lower extremities. The jacket is adjustable on the heart to snugly conform to an external geometry of the heart and assume a maximum adjusted volume for the jacket to constrain circumferential expansion of the heart beyond the maximum adjusted volume during diastole and to permit unimpeded contraction of the heart during systole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Acorn Cardiovascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifton A. Alferness, Donald G. Rohrbaugh, J. Edward Shapland, Michael J. Girard, Donald F. Palme, II, James E. Cox
  • Patent number: 6899667
    Abstract: A method and apparatus comprises a circuit adapted to be coupled to a power supply which produces a pulsed DC output, and a magnetic field generating coil coupled to the output of the circuit which is effective to produce a time varying magnetic field having a flux density in the range of about 0.0001 to 2.0 gauss at a frequency in the range of about 0 to 45 Hz. The coil is positioned at or near the site on the body of the patient to be treated, or, alternatively, beneath the patient's sleeping surface for a period ranging from about one-half hour to several hours depending upon the method and condition to be treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Inventors: Paul F. Becker, Bruce E. Richardson
  • Patent number: 6896650
    Abstract: An insertion device is provided for use in assessing urinary function. The insert device includes an insert member for at least partial insertion into a patient's urethral canal having a length such that it is positioned distal of the urethral sphincter, and having an outer surface at least a portion of which is configured to engage the inner wall of the urethra to substantially prevent fluid flow therebetween. The insert member has a channel therethrough through which fluid from a fluid source can be introduced into the urethral canal. Also provided is a device for introducing fluid into a patient's urethral canal including a hand-sized casing having a fluid conduit therein between a fluid inlet and a fluid source assembly. The device further includes an activation device movable between a first position wherein it does not obstruct the fluid conduit and a second position wherein it does obstruct the fluid conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: Ethicon Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Tracey, Martin Nohilly, Hanspeter R. Bayer, Frederick T. Karl