Patents Examined by Robert L. Nasser
  • Patent number: 7927274
    Abstract: A system is provided for monitoring glucose in a host, including a continuous glucose sensor that produces a data stream indicative of a host's glucose concentration and an integrated receiver that receives the data stream from the continuous glucose sensor and calibrates the data stream using a single point glucose monitor that is integral with the integrated receiver. The integrated receiver obtains a glucose value from the single point glucose monitor, calibrates the sensor data stream received from the continuous glucose sensor, and displays one or both of the single point glucose measurement values and the calibrated continuous glucose sensor values on the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: DexCom, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Rasdal, James H. Brauker, Paul V. Neale, Peter C. Simpson
  • Patent number: 7901361
    Abstract: A breathing apparatus is provided for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea that optimizes the positive pressure to the airway of a patient. The apparatus is configured to detect flow limitations in the patient airway from an analysis of inspiratory flow waveforms. The airway pressure setting is raised, lowered or maintained depending on whether a flow limitation has been detected and on the previous actions taken by the apparatus. The apparatus may include a blower, a flow sensor, a pressure sensor, a microprocessor, a pressure controller and a nasal fitting. The apparatus is configured to increase the airway pressure when a flow limitation is detected in the airway of the patient and to decrease the airway pressure when a flow limitation is not detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: New York University
    Inventors: David M. Rapoport, Robert G. Norman
  • Patent number: 7904144
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for performing rapid brain assessment may provide emergency triage to head trauma patients by analyzing a combination of spontaneous and evoked brain potentials. The spontaneous and evoked potentials are analyzed, and the results classified, to present a real-time assessment of a patient's brain, diagnosing any potential abnormalities therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Brainscope Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Elvir Causevic, Arthur H. Combs
  • Patent number: 7887490
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for removing respiratory artefacts in invasive blood pressure measurements. The level of CO2 in the expired air is monitored during blood pressure measurement and used to approximate and remove the respiratory artifacts. In one embodiment, the respiratory frequency from the respiratory signal is extracted by identifying the end-tidal CO2 level for each breath. A model is derived for the respiratory artifacts using the respiratory frequency, and the model is subtracted from the measured blood pressure data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellscahft
    Inventors: Kenneth Danehorn, Fredrik Gustafsson, Martin Wikström
  • Patent number: 7885699
    Abstract: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted for placement on skin and is adapted to receive a portion of an electrochemical sensor. The sensor control unit also includes two or more conductive contacts disposed on the housing and configured for coupling to two or more contact pads on the sensor. A transmitter is disposed in the housing and coupled to the plurality of conductive contacts for transmitting data obtained using the sensor. The display unit has a receiver for receiving data transmitted by the transmitter of the sensor control unit and a display coupled to the receiver for displaying an indication of a level of an analyte.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.
    Inventors: James Say, Michael F. Tomasco, Adam Heller, Yoram Gal, Behrad Aria, Ephraim Heller, Phillip John Plante, Mark S. Vreeke, Keith A. Friedman, Fredric C. Colman
  • Patent number: 7885698
    Abstract: Method and system for providing continuous calibration of analyte sensors includes calibrating a first sensor, receiving data associated with detected analyte levels from the first sensor, and calibrating a second sensor based on a predetermined scaling factor and data associated with detected analyte levels from the first sensor, is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin J. Feldman
  • Patent number: 7883463
    Abstract: A compact combination sensor is provided for physiological parameters, which can be worn behind the ear. The combination sensor has a heat flux sensor (1) for detecting two temperatures (Th1, Th2) for determining the body core temperature (Tc), an acoustic sensor (2) for measuring the heart rate (HR) and for detecting speech signals, as well as a measured signal evaluating unit (4, 5, 7). A communications interface (8) is provided for transmitting the processed data from the measured signal evaluating unit (4, 5, 7) to a communications unit (9) are located in the sensor carrier (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Dräger Safety AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Frank Sattler, Jochim Koch, Jörg-Uwe Meyer, Michael Dowson, Robin McWilliams
  • Patent number: 7885706
    Abstract: A device comprises a head mounting arrangement sized and shaped to be worn on a user's head and a plurality of electrodes disposed on the arrangement so that, when the arrangement is worn on the user's head, the electrodes contact target portions of a scalp to detect electrical activity of a brain of the user in combination with an image capture device disposed on the arrangement so that, when the arrangement is worn on the user's head, a field of view of the image capture device includes a portion of an anatomy of the user and a processing unit generating EEG data from the electrical activity, wherein, when the EEG data is indicative of an epileptic event, the processing unit activates the image capture device to capture video data of the user and may store the EEG and/or the video data with transmission of warning signals to one or more remote displaying and/or computing arrangements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: New York University
    Inventors: Nandor Ludvig, Geza Medveczky, Ruben Kuzniecky, Gabor Illes, Orrin Devinsky
  • Patent number: 7881781
    Abstract: This document discusses, among other things, a cardiac rhythm management device or other implantable medical device that uses thoracic impedance to determine how much fluid is present in the thorax, such as for detecting or predicting congestive heart failure, pulmonary edema, pleural effusion, hypotension, or the like. The thoracic fluid amount determined from the thoracic impedance is compensated for changes in blood resistivity, which may result from changes in hematocrit level or other factors. The blood-resistivity-compensated thoracic fluid amount can be stored in the device or transmitted to an external device for storage or display. The blood-resistivity-compensated thoracic fluid amount can also be used to adjust a cardiac pacing, cardiac resynchronization, or other cardiac rhythm management or other therapy to the patient. This document also discusses applications of the devices and methods for predicting or indicating anemia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Stahmann, John D. Hatlestad, Boyce Moon
  • Patent number: 7881780
    Abstract: A system and method for a biological interface system that processes multicellular signals of a patient and controls one or more devices is disclosed. The system includes a sensor that detects the multicellular signals and a processing unit for producing the control signal based on the multicellular signals. The system further includes an automated configuration routine that is used to set or modify the value of one or more system configuration parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: BrainGate Co., LLC
    Inventor: J. Christopher Flaherty
  • Patent number: 7878978
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods for increasing arterial compliance. The methods generally involve administering to an individual in need thereof an effective amount of relaxin. The present invention further provides methods of increasing arterial compliance in individuals who have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. The present invention further provides methods of increasing arterial compliance in perimenopausal, menopausal, and post-menopausal women. The present invention further provides methods of increasing arterial compliance in individuals who have or who are at risk of developing age-associated arterial stiffness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: University of Pittsburgh- Of The Commonwealth System of Higher Education
    Inventors: Kirk P. Conrad, Sanjeev G. Shroff
  • Patent number: 7879077
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for temperature modification of a patient, or selected regions thereof, including an induced state of hypothermia. The temperature modification is accomplished using an in-dwelling heat exchange catheter within which a fluid heat exchange medium circulates. A heat exchange cassette of any one of several disclosed variations is attached to the circulatory conduits of the catheter, the heat exchange cassette being sized to engage a cavity within one of various described re-usable control units. The control units include a heater/cooler device, a user input device, and a processor connected to receive input from various sensors around the body and the system. The heater/cooler device may be thermoelectric to enable both heating and 15? cooling based on polarity. A temperature control scheme for ramping the body temperature up or down without overshoot is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Zoll Circulation, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy R. MacHold, Wade A. Keller, Alex T. Roth, Nicole Denise Bloom
  • Patent number: 7871376
    Abstract: Method for treating a medical condition in a human patient comprising choosing a psychological strategy for treating the medical condition, encoding electronic instructions for an interactive video game in such a way that the interactive video game implements the psychological strategy, loading the electronic instructions into a microprocessor-based unit equipped with a display for displaying the interactive video game and with an patient input device for receiving responses to the interactive video game from the human patient, and instructing the human patient how and when to use the microprocessor-based unit to play the interactive video game. The interactive video game contains instructions for a scoring procedure for quantitatively analyzing the medical condition of the human patient, and/or counseling instructions or self-care instructions. The video game can be used in conjunction with a physical parameter measuring device connected to the microprocessor-based unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Health Hero Network, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen J. Brown
  • Patent number: 7873411
    Abstract: An interface device in accordance with the present claimed invention is an interface device 4 that intervenes between a measuring means 2 that measures brain activities of a subject H and an object 31 to be controlled, and that comprises a reference signal storing part D1 that stores a brain activity signal measured at a time when the subject H conducts predetermined thinking different from direct thinking in order to control the object 31 to be controlled in a desired mode as a reference signal, a discriminating part 41 that compares the brain activity signal measured by the measuring means 2 with the reference signal and discriminates whether or not the thinking of the subject H is the predetermined thinking, and a controlling part 42 that controls the object 31 to be controlled in the desired mode when the discriminating part 41 discriminates that the thinking of the subject H is the predetermined thinking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: National Institute of Information and Communications Technology
    Inventors: Hideo Eda, Yasushi Terazono, Toshio Yanagida, Amami Kato, Masayuki Hirata, Masaaki Taniguchi, Takahito Baba, Toshiki Yoshimine
  • Patent number: 7867171
    Abstract: Methods of determining gastro-intestinal conditions by performing a succession of breath tests or others tests, particularly for determining the gastric emptying or gastric accomodation condition of a subject. Methods of performing successive gastric emptying tests with different test meals are also presented, enabling the gastric accommodation to be determined. The effects of different test means on the results is presented. Novel substrates for use in such tests are suggested, including the use of micro-encapsulation. Breath tests for the detection of bacterial overgrowth, lactose intolerance and combinations thereof are presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Exalenz Bioscience Ltd.
    Inventors: Ilan Ben-Oren, Julian Daich, Ephraim Carlebach, George Yariv
  • Patent number: 7869853
    Abstract: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted for placement on skin and is adapted to receive a portion of an electrochemical sensor. The sensor control unit also includes two or more conductive contacts disposed on the housing and configured for coupling to two or more contact pads on the sensor. A transmitter is disposed in the housing and coupled to the plurality of conductive contacts for transmitting data obtained using the sensor. The display unit has a receiver for receiving data transmitted by the transmitter of the sensor control unit and a display coupled to the receiver for displaying an indication of a level of an analyte.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.
    Inventors: James Say, Michael F. Tomasco, Adam Heller, Yoram Gal, Behrad Aria, Ephraim Heller, Phillip John Plante, Mark S. Vreeke, Keith A. Friedman, Fredric C. Colman
  • Patent number: 7867165
    Abstract: Method for treating a medical condition in a human patient comprising choosing a psychological strategy for treating the medical condition, encoding electronic instructions for an interactive video game in such a way that the interactive video game implements the psychological strategy, loading the electronic instructions into a microprocessor-based unit equipped with a display for displaying the interactive video game and with an patient input device for receiving responses to the interactive video game from the human patient, and instructing the human patient how and when to use the microprocessor-based unit to play the interactive video game. The interactive video game contains instructions for a scoring procedure for quantitatively analyzing the medical condition of the human patient, and/or counseling instructions or self-care instructions. The video game can be used in conjunction with a physical parameter measuring device connected to the microprocessor-based unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Health Hero Network, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen J. Brown
  • Patent number: 7869852
    Abstract: A method of diabetes management, comprising (a) providing a remote communications unit in communication with a portable microprocessor-based unit; (b) transmitting blood glucose level data into the portable microprocessor-based unit or the remote unit, or both; (c) running a program of instructions on the portable microprocessor-based unit or on the remote unit, or both, using data corresponding to the blood glucose level data; and (d) providing a signal including instructions to inject insulin when the blood glucose level data indicates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Health Hero Network, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen J. Brown
  • Patent number: 7862506
    Abstract: A diabetes management system, comprising a glucose meter measuring blood glucose level data and a portable microprocessor-based unit in communication with the blood glucose meter such as to be capable of accessing the blood glucose level data. Input data corresponding to the blood glucose level data is used in a program of instructions running on the portable microprocessor-based unit or the glucose meter, or both. The program of instructions includes instructions to communicate a signal to inject insulin based upon the blood glucose level data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Health Hero Network, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen J. Brown
  • Patent number: 7857767
    Abstract: Lumen-traveling devices and associated methods and systems are described. Lumen-traveling devices capable of traveling within a body lumen may include a propelling mechanism to produce movement of the lumen-traveling device within the lumen, as well as additional components such as a sensor, an active portion, and/or control circuitry. In some embodiments, a sensor may be used to detect a local condition, and an action may be performed within the body lumen. Actions that may be performed include, but are not limited to, transmitting information, releasing a material within the lumen, performing a surgical step, or collecting a sample, among others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Bran Ferren, W. Daniel Hillis, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Edward K. Y. Jung, Eric C. Leuthardt, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood