Monitoring Fertility Cycle Patents (Class 600/551)
  • Patent number: 10349632
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to sensor apparatuses for attachment to an animal that include a housing and a sensor assembly. The housing can be attachable to the animal and includes an internal cavity formed therein. The sensor assembly can be disposed within the internal cavity of the housing. The sensor assembly includes a force sensor and an accelerometer arranged to detect force data and accelerometer data representative of a physiological state of the animal. Exemplary embodiments are also directed to method and sensor systems for detecting a physiological state of an animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: ST Reproductive Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Charles Sharpe, Philip Rowe, Ramakrishnan Vishwanath, Paul Julian Martinsen
  • Patent number: 10321897
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and a system for determining the fertility status of a female. The method comprises the steps of determining and recording a continuous series of temperature data points relating to a body temperature of the female, identifying if the series of temperature data points comprises at least one pre-determined feature in the series of temperature data points and, if a pre-determined feature has been identified, determining a point in time of ovulation for the series of temperatures based on a pre-determined relation of the pre-determined feature and ovulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: VivoSensMedical GmbH
    Inventors: Tim Kersken, Henry Alexander
  • Patent number: 10314524
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for detecting analytes. In order to supply a need in alternative prenatal diagnostic methods which do not include the risks known in the state of art, the present invention provides a device for detecting analytes, including a polymer fiber and capturing molecules, wherein the capturing molecules bind to an analyte and/or a linker molecule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: GILUPI GMBH
    Inventors: Klaus Lücke, Ekkehardt Weber, Robert Müller, Andreas Bollmann, Oliver Harnack
  • Patent number: 10080348
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to sensor apparatuses for attachment to an animal that include a housing and a sensor assembly. The housing can be attachable to the animal and includes an internal cavity formed therein. The sensor assembly can be disposed within the internal cavity of the housing. The sensor assembly includes a force sensor and an accelerometer arranged to detect force data and accelerometer data representative of a physiological state of the animal. Exemplary embodiments are also directed to method and sensor systems for detecting a physiological state of an animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: ST Reproductive Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Charles Sharpe, Philip Rowe, Ramakrishnan Vishwanath, Paul Julian Martinsen
  • Patent number: 10080349
    Abstract: Mounting behavior or the like by domestic animals or the like is easily detected. Included are a mounting-side apparatus attached to the neck of a first domestic animal and configured to emit a transmission signal, and a mounted-side apparatus attached at any position from the back to the tail of a second domestic animal. A communication interface of the mounted-side apparatus emits a response signal to a communication interface of the mounting-side apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Kyocera Corporation
    Inventor: Tomoyoshi Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10065036
    Abstract: The present invention is a method for measuring stable and reproducible electrode-tissue impedance, comprising preconditioning an electrode-tissue interface. Further aspect of the invention is a stimulation system for a visual prosthesis generating a stimulation signal to precondition the electrode-tissue interface, comprising a computer; software, loaded in the computer, adapted to perform a stimulating method for a visual prosthesis having a plurality of electrodes; a video processing unit; and an implanted neuron-stimulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Second Sight Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Amy Chu Peishuan Hines, Dao Min Zhou, Arup Roy, Rongqing Dai, Robert J. Greenberg
  • Patent number: 10022293
    Abstract: Some adult devices are ostensibly marketed to improve female sexual experience female by offering exercises to address relaxed vaginal muscles from birth, age, surgery etc. and for reducing incontinence. However, such devices suffer from variable placement by the user both in terms of orientation and penetrative depth such that the “results” are not reproducible and captured data used to provide feedback to the user and/or providing visual/audible prompts is flawed. Accordingly, it would be beneficial to provide a device with reproducible placement and data for enhancing the usability/benefit of the exercise regimen. It would be further beneficial for the device to either provide this exercise regime as part of a wider assessment of sexual wellness or as part of a sexual stimulation activity thereby reducing the focus on “exercise” to derive the benefits of improved pelvic muscle control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: STANDARD INNOVATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Adam Scheuring, Anders Guldahl, Line Iren Andersen, Karianne Rønning Ellekrans
  • Patent number: 10007816
    Abstract: In aspects of on-demand RFID tag activation, an RFID tag is configured so as to enable a person to activate the RFID tag if or when the person wishes. An RFID tag includes an integrated circuit (IC), an antenna coupled to the IC, activation circuitry, and a detachable disable tab. For an example implementation, the RFID tag is in an active state if the IC is capable of responding to an interrogation signal and is in an inactive state if the IC is incapable of responding to an interrogation signal. The activation circuitry is configured to establish the inactive state if the disable tab is attached to the RFID tag or to establish the active state if the disable tab is detached from the RFID tag. The disable tab, if attached to the RFID tag, may impose a short-circuit linkage against the activation circuitry to prevent operation of the tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: MOTOROLA MOBILITY LLC
    Inventors: Scott DeBates, Francis Forest, Mary Hor-Lao, Douglas A. Lautner, Jagatkumar Shah
  • Patent number: 9861344
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a server detects temperature increase in basal body temperature measured later relative to basal body temperature measured earlier between chronologically adjacent pieces of basal body temperature data, among basal body temperature data between a menstruation starting day and a next menstruation starting day; and estimates an ovulation day on the basis of the detected temperature increase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: TDK Corporation
    Inventors: Kumiko Yamato, Kazunori Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 9802045
    Abstract: The present invention is a method for measuring stable and reproducible electrode-tissue impedance, comprising preconditioning an electrode-tissue interface. Further aspect of the invention is a stimulation system for a visual prosthesis generating a stimulation signal to precondition the electrode-tissue interface, comprising a computer; software, loaded in the computer, adapted to perform a stimulating method for a visual prosthesis having a plurality of electrodes; a video processing unit; and an implanted neuron-stimulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Second Sight Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Amy Chu Peishuan Hines, Dao Min Zhou, Arup Roy, Rongqing Dai, Robert J. Greenberg
  • Patent number: 9754137
    Abstract: In embodiments of on-demand RFID tag activation, an RFID tag is configured so as to enable a person to activate the RFID tag if or when the person wishes. An RFID tag includes an integrated circuit (IC), an antenna coupled to the IC, activation circuitry, and a detachable disable tab. For an example implementation, the RFID tag is in an active state if the IC is capable of responding to an interrogation signal and is in an inactive state if the IC is incapable of responding to an interrogation signal. The activation circuitry is configured to establish the inactive state if the disable tab is attached to the RFID tag or to establish the active state if the disable tab is detached from the RFID tag. The disable tab, if attached to the RFID tag, may impose a short-circuit linkage against the activation circuitry to prevent operation of the tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Scott Debates, Francis Forest, Mary Hor-Lao, Douglas A Lautner, Jagatkumar Shah
  • Patent number: 9568463
    Abstract: This disclosure provides a stand alone electronic device to predict a likely time of ovulation based on crystal formation in a mucous body fluid sample. Optionally body temperature data may also be measured and saved on the device memory. The device allows user to save the data, download images, and compare results from different times. The disclosure further provides a device that includes software using an algorithm to calculate frequency of crystals on the sample and allowing comparison of the frequencies. The algorithm may use the temperature data also. The device includes an option to transfer data onto a smart phone or similar device. The device is suitable for predicting ovulation of any mammal, including human beings, dogs and livestock including horses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventor: Helen Denise
  • Patent number: 9504231
    Abstract: The invention relates to a measuring device for the measurement of at least one physiological parameter of a farm animal's organism, whereby the measuring device is placeable in the gastro-intestinal tract of livestock and comprises the following components arranged in a casing: at least one sensor for the measurement of at least one physiological parameter of a farm animal, at least one transmitter with antenna for the wireless transmission of information, at least one control unit for controlling the measuring device, and at least one power supply device for the measuring device, whereby a hollow protective guard is provided inside the casing which covers at least the power supply unit in order to protect it from mechanical impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: VitaVis GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Rosenkranz, Mario Fallast
  • Patent number: 9314198
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing data communication in medical systems are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Alan Hayter, Martin J. Fennell, Lei He, Mark Kent Sloan
  • Patent number: 9119379
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems are provided for identifying estrus or onset of estrus in a female animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Inventors: William B. Yancey, Linda C. Frank, Bruce E. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9095318
    Abstract: Device and method for determining a rheological property, such as viscosity or threadability, of mucus include a housing having a circumferential surface defining an opening for receiving a quantity of the mucus, a probe extending within the housing and having a tip for contacting at least a portion of the quantity of mucus, a displacement mechanism for displacing the tip of the probe with respect to the housing, and a measurement unit for measuring a displacement of the tip of the probe. The device and method are especially suitable for determining the rheological property of mammal cervical mucus for determining female fertility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: KEN KEN B.V.
    Inventor: Mathias Theodorus Maria Moons
  • Patent number: 9078416
    Abstract: A detection tag and apparatus for the detection of the reproductive status of animals, or for assisting in the drafting of selected animals. The detection tag is capable of electronically transmitting a signal. Tags for detecting the reproductive status of an animal have a first surface that is affixable to the hide of an animal and a second and opposite surface which includes abradable material. Such detection tags are configured such that removal of some or all of the abradable material alters the ability of the detection tag to transmit a signal electronically or alters a characteristic of the electronically transmitted signal. A tag reader is used to read the signal from the tag. The detection tag can include an RF/EMF blocking circuit/loop and/or removable flood coat layer which is damaged/removed partially or completely during mounting of the animal allowing the tag to indicate a status change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Cament Limited
    Inventor: Christianus Johannes Folkers
  • Patent number: 9044297
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a method for estrus detection includes storing location information associated with a dairy livestock. The stored location information includes a coordinate location of the dairy livestock within a free stall pen at each of a plurality of times during a time period. The method further includes determining, based on at least a portion of the stored location information, one or more movement parameters associated with the dairy livestock. The method further includes determining, based on one or more movement parameters associated with the dairy livestock, whether the dairy livestock is likely to be in estrus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Technologies Holdings Corp.
    Inventors: Parimal G. Rajkondawar, Roger K. Erdman, David A. Johnson, William S. Nelson, Paul D. Thompson
  • Publication number: 20150148666
    Abstract: The invention relates to methods of increasing the genetic progress of a line, breed or herd of swine through the use of sex-selected sperm cells in artificial insemination techniques. The invention also encompasses methods of artificially inseminating a swine via deep intrauterine catheter or via a laparoscopic procedure, which allow the use of reduced doses of sex-selected sperm cells.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Juan Moreno, Gregg Bevier, John Dobrinsky
  • Patent number: 9034276
    Abstract: An oestrus detector 100 includes a reservoir portion 135 which contains a colored liquid. The detector 100 further includes a generally planar portion 110 that is attached to and sealed from the reservoir portion 135, except for an open or closed passage 111 in a seal line separating the reservoir portion 135 and the generally planar portion 110. In use the liquid is squeezed from the reservoir portion 135, through the passage 111, and into the generally planar portion 110, when the reservoir portion 135 receives pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Jock McDonald Roberts
  • Patent number: 9017257
    Abstract: The activity monitor (100) includes a basic information acquisition unit (20) that accepts input of basic physical information (BA) of the user's body, a target information acquisition unit (30) that accepts input of the user's target physical expenditure (CS), an activity pattern acquisition unit (40) that acquires pattern information indicating the user's intent on the activity amount (AM), and a target activity calculation unit (50) that determines a target activity amount (TA) on the basis of the basic physical information (BA), the target physical expenditure (CS), and the pattern information acquired by the activity pattern acquisition unit (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Tanita Corporation
    Inventors: Miyuki Kodama, Jun Kato, Mayumi Yamashita, Shizuka Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8998822
    Abstract: A method of recording, storing, analyzing, and displaying changes in a woman's basal body temperature includes the steps of: (a) recording with an intelligent, preprogrammed thermometer the woman's orally-measured temperature; (b) storing in the thermometer the woman's temperature to create a stored temperature reading; (c) repeating steps (a) and (b); (d) analyzing inside the thermometer the significance of any changes in the stored temperature readings; and (e) displaying the changes in the woman's basal body temperature, and displaying an analysis of those changes, on the thermometer, and on any electronic device connected to the thermometer. In other features of the invention, steps (a) and (b) are repeated daily when the woman first awakes from her night's sleep, and the woman first inputs into the thermometer data about herself, including at least her year of birth, her height, her weight, her body mass index, and her current and past menstruation data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Valley Electronics LLC
    Inventor: Natalie Rechberg
  • Publication number: 20140378863
    Abstract: A fertility monitoring apparatus measures body temperature and saliva or cervical fluid resistivity. The clinical device includes a sensor, processor and transmitter to wirelessly deliver information to a computerized device such as a smart phone, tablet, or laptop for further analysis and display. The computerized device is programmed with software to receive, analyze, display, and/or transmit the raw or processed information. The programmed computerized device computes fertility information of the user. A central fertility platform includes a programmed computing device, and a database of fertility information from multiple users. Input from user accounts are fed into the platform and stored in the database. Exemplary inputs include the user's age, cycle length, diagnosis of fertility, reproductive health information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Deborah Lawrence Schafer
  • Patent number: 8834389
    Abstract: A fertility monitoring apparatus measures body temperature and saliva or cervical fluid resistivity. The clinical device includes a sensor, processor and transmitter to wirelessly deliver information to a computerized device such as a smart phone, tablet, or laptop for further analysis and display. The computerized device is programmed with software to receive, analyze, display, and/or transmit the raw or processed information. The programmed computerized device computes fertility information of the user. A central fertility platform includes a programmed computing device, and a database of fertility information from multiple users. Input from user accounts are fed into the platform and stored in the database. Exemplary inputs include the user's age, cycle length, diagnosis of fertility, reproductive health information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Tepsync
    Inventor: Deborah Lawrence Schafer
  • Patent number: 8821407
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for interpreting vaginal measurement data by electronic means without the need for the user to take part in the data interpretation process. More specifically, an intelligent probe monitors folliculogenesis and correlates the ovarian function data to probe profile characteristics of the female reproductive cycle. A fertile window is defined with reference to the correlation between folliculogenesis and probe cyclic profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Vaclav Kirsner
  • Publication number: 20140206964
    Abstract: The invention includes a system to gather and analyze data to monitor, track, and provide care. The major subsystems of the invention include the Medical Digital Assistant (“MDA”), Server, Monitoring Devices, Dispensing Devices, Server, Dashboard, and Application Software. The invention includes conducting data acquisition, monitoring, analysis, and reporting to diagnose and treat medical conditions such as diagnosing and treating specific medical conditions such as fertility and congestive heart failure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: Arsham Andy Saffarian
  • Publication number: 20140163406
    Abstract: A system for analyzing a condition of an animal, wherein the system includes at least an identification unit (2.1) which is arranged to be worn by an animal, wherein the identification unit includes a first transmitter unit (4), a movement sensor (6), and a control unit (8) which is communicatively connected with the transmitter unit and the movement sensor, wherein the system further includes a receiver unit (8) and a computer (10) which is connected with the receiver unit and wherein the system further includes positioning means for measuring a position of the identification unit, wherein the control unit is arranged for, in use, storing and/or processing electronic information of movements of the animal which have been obtained with the movement sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: N.V. NEDERLANDSCHE APPARATENFABRIEK "NEDAP"
    Inventors: Derk Jan Roosenboom, Jeroen Martin Van Dijk, Woltherus Karsijns, Egbert Gert Jan Uninge, Jan Anne Kuipers
  • Patent number: 8715204
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to a temperature sensing device that can comprise an elastic ring structure. The temperature sensing device can further comprise a transducer device, such as a temperature sensor, and a microprocessor, memory and wireless transmitter. Such an arrangement can incorporate a passive (battery free), battery assisted or active battery powered transponder circuit with temperature measurement capability. The elastic ring structure can be forced in a spring loaded state when elastically deformed thus becoming retained when disposed in a vaginal vault. In one embodiment, an active RF receiver or an RFID reader is brought in proximity to the temperature sensing and transmitting device arrangement, such as near a woman's pelvis from the outside to read the temperature and record it in a Central Processing Unit, CPU, associated with the receiver or RFID reader, such as a portable, handheld computer or wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Prima Temp, Inc.
    Inventors: Wade W. Webster, Richard S. Pollack
  • Patent number: 8712515
    Abstract: Novel methods and apparatus for diagnosing or screening disease states in living organisms by the measurement and analysis of extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields, particularly extremely low frequency alternating current. The measurement of such fields is performed at a single point or at several test points on or in the body and compared to one or more reference. Information in the time-varying electromagnetic field is collected, then processed by diagnostic or screening algorithms to provide information about the disease state of the tissue being assessed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Mark L. Faupel
  • Patent number: 8632474
    Abstract: A system for delivering information through a computer. The system comprises: data collecting means for collecting personal data including menstrual data regarding a menstrual cycle on a woman from a user; phase identification means for identifying a phase within the menstrual cycle; storage means for storing predetermined information; selection means for selecting information from the storage means, which is personalized based on the phase identified by the phase identification means; and delivery means for delivering the personalized information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter and Gamble Company
    Inventors: Shivani Saini, Randy Joseph Peterson
  • Publication number: 20130338531
    Abstract: Manual techniques for monitoring animal ovulation cycle have been used commercially to determine the best time to breed animals. Techniques using heat as an indicator for ovulation do not always correspond to ovulation. The present invention provides methods, apparatus, and kits for monitoring and predicting ovulation using an automated hand-held device, incorporating a computer and probe for detecting physical changes in the animal body fluid. Changes in electrolyte levels are detected as alterations in resistance which corresponds to specific intervals in the ovulation cycle. The present invention provides a rapid, low cost means for monitoring mammalian ovulation cycles and a tool for use in artificial insemination, especially in assessing large populations of animals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventor: Philip Regas
  • Publication number: 20130331693
    Abstract: The invention relates to methods of increasing the genetic progress of a line, breed or herd of swine through the use of sex-selected sperm cells in artificial insemination techniques. The invention also encompasses methods of artificially inseminating a swine via deep intrauterine catheter or via a laparoscopic procedure, which allow the use of reduced doses of sex-selected sperm cells.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: INGURAN, LLC
    Inventors: Juan Moreno, Gregg BeVier, John Dobrinsky
  • Publication number: 20130303936
    Abstract: The invention is a hand-held advanced ovulation predictor device, which includes an advanced ovulation predictor device body, an optical subassembly containing one or more hybrid lenses, an electronics assembly with a light source, switch, and battery, and, optionally, a cover. The preferred embodiment of this invention is one in which the viewing axis and the device axis are not collinear or coaxial, the specimen is illuminated with oblique or dark field illumination, the method of transmitting the light is through a light pipe, and one or more lenses are hybrid lenses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventor: Russell L. Case, JR.
  • Publication number: 20130281878
    Abstract: A fabric sleeve that is worn on the finger and is designed to be used for the Niddah inspection. The sleeve comprises a tubular piece of fabric that is closed at one end and has an opening at the other end into which the user inserts her finger to perform the Niddah inspection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventor: ELAZAR WINBERG
  • Patent number: 8551012
    Abstract: Estrus of animals and particularly sows is determined for planning of a preferred time period of insemination by a sensing system arranged to detect standing of the animal. Data from the sensing system is collected and analyzed using an algorithm and information that is displayed on an indicating system to provide an indication to a worker of the time period of estrus and ovulation and of a useful insemination time period and a preferred insemination time period of the animal. The indicating system includes a countdown clock to the preferred time period of insemination. In the event that the insemination fails, an indication is provided about whether the actual time of insemination occurred at the preferred time of insemination indicated to the worker. When estrus is completed, a confidence level is provided about the likelihood of success based on the position of the actual time of insemination relative to ovulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventors: Walter Signorini, Eleonora Rizzi
  • Patent number: 8540644
    Abstract: A data logger device for in-situ measurement of one or more physical parameters comprising a power source; one or more sensors for measuring the one or more physical parameters; a data store for storing representations of at least some of the measured values of the one or more physical parameters; control logic arranged to write the representations of at least some of the measured values to the data store and arranged to read data from the data store during data transmission; an antenna; and a transmitter coupled to the antenna and configured to transmit the stored data by passive transmission. The physical parameter may be temperature. A processor may estimate basal body temperature by extrapolating from a plurality of temperature readings during a sleep period. The estimated basal temperature may be used to form an indication of ovulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Cambridge Temperature Concepts Limited
    Inventor: Shamus Husheer
  • Publication number: 20130237771
    Abstract: The present disclosure suggests an apparatus for determining at least one parameter in the vaginal channel of a user. The apparatus comprises a flexible pessary and a measurement unit comprising at least one sensor for measuring the at least one vaginal parameter. The measurement unit is reversibly mountable to the flexible pessary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventors: Holger RUNKEWITZ, Andreas ZIEGNER
  • Publication number: 20130231582
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring a health parameter of a vehicle occupant where an occupant profile is created that identifies a biological parameter to measure, a measure health parameter to report on and corresponding thresholds that trigger an alert. A vehicle has an integrated sensor that measures the biological parameter according to the profile and provides a signal of the measured biological parameter. A computing device records the measured biological parameter and derives the measured health parameter from the measured biological parameters. If the measured health parameter passes a threshold, then an alert is triggered, and the occupant or interested party is notified.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: XpertEase Consultants, LLC
    Inventor: Manoj K. Prasad
  • Patent number: 8523787
    Abstract: A method, including measuring a force exerted by a probe on tissue of a patient and measuring a displacement of the probe while measuring the force. The method further includes detecting a tenting of the tissue responsively to a relation between the measured force and the measured displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Biosense Webster (Israel), Ltd.
    Inventors: Doron Moshe Ludwin, Eliahu Zino
  • Patent number: 8496597
    Abstract: A method of providing information relating to the fertility of a female mammal comprising the steps of: (i) taking multiple temperature readings from the female mammal during an extended period; (ii) identifying and disregarding temperature readings having one or more characteristics of irrelevant or faulty data; (iii) obtaining one or several representative temperature values for the extended period; (iv) repeating steps (i) to (iii) over multiple extended periods; (v) analyzing the representative temperature values obtained over multiple extended periods for one or more patterns in the representative temperature values indicative or predictive of ovulation in order to provide information relating to the fertility of the female mammal to a user, wherein the representative temperature values are not the maximum or minimum temperature readings obtained for the extended period; and related uses and apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Fertility Focus Limited
    Inventors: Michael Howard James, Toby Grahame Knowles
  • Publication number: 20130131541
    Abstract: A system for predicting ovulation cycles by employing an application running on a mobile communication device such as an iPhone®, a Blackberry™, or an Android-based smartphone is provided. The system includes a basal body temperature thermometer coupled to a mobile communication device. The thermometer takes temperature measurements, encodes the temperature measurements and transmits the encoded temperature measurements to the mobile communication device. The mobile communication device receives and decodes the encoded temperature measurements. The mobile communication device includes an application that analyzes the decoded temperature measurements to determine whether they are satisfactory or unsatisfactory, provides feedback to a user in real-time and provides an ovulation prediction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: Eternal Electronics Limited
    Inventors: Hwai Sian Tsai, Suk Kuen Wong
  • Patent number: 8420398
    Abstract: A method of determining the phase of an estrous cycle that a mammal is in at a given time that a biological sample is obtained from the mammal is provided. The biological sample obtained from the mammal is combined with at least one flavonoid pigment that reacts with the biological sample on a hydrophobic surface to provide a color response. The estrus phase of the estrous cycle has a corresponding color response that is distinguishable from the color response of each other phase of the estrous cycle to an unaided human eye. The corresponding color response is correlated to the estrus phase of the estrous cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Oratel Diagnostics, LLC
    Inventor: Dorothee Goldman
  • Patent number: 8374989
    Abstract: A system for customized prediction of a menstruation period or a fertility period is provided. The system includes a vital information measurer for measuring vital information about a user, a basic menstruation information generator for calculating the first day of menstruation or an ovulation day using the vital information received from the vital information measurer and outputting the first day of menstruation or the ovulation day as basic menstruation information, a menstruation cycle modeler having a menstruation cycle model representing a menstruation cycle as a function with a predetermined period, and a model parameter estimator for estimating and compensating a menstruation cycle parameter of the menstruation cycle model using the basic menstruation information received from the basic menstruation information generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Industry-University Cooperation Foundation Sogang University
    Inventors: Jin Won Lee, Wang Yun Won, Kwang-Soon Lee
  • Patent number: 8308652
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for determining a physiological condition within a mammal based on pH and/or temperature measurements. In one aspect, the invention is directed to an apparatus for measuring a physiological condition within a mammal comprising: a tubular housing extending along a longitudinal axis from a distal end to a proximal end, the housing having an internal cavity; a first opening in the elongated housing forming a first passageway into the internal cavity; an ion-sensitive field effect transistor (ISFET) for measuring pH within a body lumen of the mammal, the ISFET positioned in the internal cavity, the ISFET aligned with the first opening so that at least a portion of the ISFET is exposed via the first opening; and a first seal between the ISFET and the housing forming a hermetic seal about a perimeter of the first opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Inventor: Harry T. Rieth
  • Publication number: 20120209138
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for interpreting vaginal measurement data by electronic means without the need for the user to take part in the data interpretation process. More specifically, an intelligent probe monitors folliculogenesis and correlates the ovarian function data to probe profile characteristics of the female reproductive cycle. A fertile window is defined with reference to the correlation between folliculogenesis and probe cyclic profiles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventor: Vaclav Kirsner
  • Publication number: 20120179012
    Abstract: The invention includes a system and processes to gather and analyze data to monitor, track, and provide care. The major subsystems of the invention include the Medical Digital Assistant (“MDA”), Server, Monitoring Devices, Dispensing Devices, Server, Dashboard, and Application Software. The invention includes the method for conducting data acquisition, monitoring, analysis, and reporting to diagnose and treat medical conditions such as diagnosing and treating specific medical conditions such as fertility and congestive heart failure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Inventor: Arsham Andy Saffarian
  • Publication number: 20120116243
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a test/diagnosis method for fertility which allows the estimation of the possibility of leading to pregnancy based on the ability of sperm to fuse with an egg and the identification of a cause of infertility; and a polynucleotide and a fertility testing kit which are used in the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Inventors: Shinji Irie, Akira Tsujimura, Yasushi Miyagawa, Hiromitsu Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8172767
    Abstract: The method is for monitoring a childbirth process of a pregnant woman. A plurality of cervix dilatation data and fetal positioning data are obtained and fed to a device. A plurality of lactate concentrations is measured at time intervals. The measured lactate concentrations are shown on a display of the device at the time intervals to show a trend of the lactate concentrations. The cervix dilation data and the fetal positioning data are also shown on the display. The lactate concentrations are evaluated to determine whether the lactate concentrations are rising to indicate that an individual lactate threshold value of the pregnant woman has been exceeded. The medical practitioner may also evaluate the cervix dilation data and the fetal positioning data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Inventors: Johan Itzel, Eva Itzel
  • Publication number: 20120089417
    Abstract: Access to key diagnostic medical devices requires pre-approval by a screening physician. A computer-implemented system and method for mediating patient-initiated physiological monitoring and ensuring appropriate follow up, bypassing the need for a screening physician, are provided. A request for a medical monitoring device from a patient at a point of prescriptive medicine dispensing is entered. The patient is enrolled in a medical service network that includes healthcare providers and medical services, and one or more on-call prescribing physicians. The patient is interfaced in real time with one of the prescribing physicians. Upon physician approval, the monitoring device is dispensed to the patient at the point of dispensing. Following monitoring, data from the monitoring device is retrieved for the medical service network. The retrieved data is evaluated for medical concerns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Inventors: Gust H. Bardy, Jon Mikalson Bishay
  • Patent number: 8152735
    Abstract: A vaginal probe for acquiring and correlating vaginal measurement data with folliculogenesis in a female for prediction of fertility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventor: Vaclav Kirsner