For Specific External Body Area Patents (Class 607/108)
  • Patent number: 10292903
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for treating obesity using cooling, the device comprising: a controller body for setting a cooling temperature and operating time, supplying cooling water for cooling a thermoelectric element, and providing suction force through a vacuum pump; a handpiece body for displaying operating conditions and providing suction force through a suction hole; a cable for connecting the controller body and the handpiece body; a suction cup mounted on the handpiece body to form a suction space; and cooling devices positioned on opposite sides of the suction cup to cool a part to be treated, which has been sucked into the suction space. Further, metallic cooling plates in-molded in a suction cup made of silicone make contact with the part to be treated via a thin silicone layer such that fat can be destroyed efficiently using a small amount of anti-freezing agent while protecting the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: CLASSYS INC.
    Inventor: Sung Jae Jung
  • Patent number: 10156874
    Abstract: This application relates to thermal management of a computing device using various features that can dissipate and direct thermal energy. In some embodiments, a thermal insert is set forth for separating a component from a cover glass of the computing device. The thermal insert can be attached to a frame of the computing device by insert molding the thermal insert to the frame. In other embodiments, a graphite strip can be disposed across different surfaces within the computing device in order to direct thermal energy away from a component of the computing device. In yet other embodiments, a thermal spreader and thermally conductive adhesive can be disposed over different surfaces of the computing device. For example, the thermal spreader and thermally conductive adhesive can be used to direct thermal energy away from a backlight of the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lee E. Hooton, Ian A. Spraggs, Marwan Rammah, Seth Reightler, Tyler Kakuda
  • Patent number: 10149780
    Abstract: A compression undergarment to relief the symptoms of menstrual cramping may comprise a first and second pad both capable of conforming to a female user's hips. Each pad is tapered having two part construction. Such construction may include a pliable exterior panel of resilient material and an interior panel made of compressible material. The second component of the apparatus is a compression undergarment having a first and corresponding second annular sleeve. Such compression undergarment includes a front side, back side, first leg portion and second leg portion, such that positioned above the first leg portion and second leg portion is a top portion which connects both leg portions. The compression undergarment also includes a first annular sleeve capable of receiving the first pad and the second annual sleeve capable of receiving the second pad. The third component is a compression band that fits around both pads and the compression undergarment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: ZIIVAA IP, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen D. Lee, Glenn Akhavein, Robert Brady, Daniel Dugas
  • Patent number: 10076645
    Abstract: A method of topically applying natural plant product for dissipation of human adipose tissue, comprising: (a) topically applying an inner portion of a natural plant product to an epidermal layer exterior to adipose tissue to be dissipated of a user's body for a period of time, upon which a percentage of the adipose tissue softens and dissolves, thus, reducing the adipose tissue of the user's body; (b) removing the topically applied inner portion of the natural plant product from the epidermal layer for another period of time; (c) repeating steps (a) and (b); and weight reduction apparatus comprising a topical applicator having a receiving container adapted to removably receive a natural plant product and having an opening or a porous wall adapted to facilitate pulp, juices, and/or extracts of the natural plant product to contact a user's epidermal layer exterior to the adipose tissue to be dissipated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventor: Joseph Lichtenstein
  • Patent number: 9937072
    Abstract: Devices and methods for providing therapeutic heating are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, the system includes a device body configured to provide heat to a portion of skin. The device body also includes a low-level heating region and a high-level heating area. The low-level heating region provides a continuous amount of heat at a first temperature, and the high-level heating area provides an intermittent amount of heat at a second temperature greater than the first temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventors: Charles Chabal, Peter J. Dunbar
  • Patent number: 9924251
    Abstract: A transducer comprising: a flat strip of metal formed into a closed metal loop with two substantially parallel sides and rounded corners, a solenoid fixed to a surface on a first parallel side, and fixed magnets attached to an opposite parallel side of the trapezoidal shape to bring the fixed magnets into proximity with the solenoid, wherein at least one lateral side of the trapezoidal shape coupling said parallel sides has a continuously varying width, resulting in the transducer being able to resonate with high fidelity over a range of frequencies in response to reception of a signal comprising varying frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventor: Mor Efrati
  • Patent number: 9863699
    Abstract: Embodiments of methods, systems, and apparatuses for lyophilizing, storing, and transfusing materials are described. In embodiments, the materials may include whole blood or a component of whole blood such as plasma.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Terumo BCT, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Corbin, III, Dennis J. Hlavinka, Rajesh Pareta, Mark E. Hillam
  • Patent number: 9655771
    Abstract: A wrapper has an inner edge and an outer edge separated by a length. The wrapper has a first side edge and a second side edge separated by a width. The wrapper has an interior sheet and an exterior sheet. The interior sheet and the exterior sheet are fabricated from yarn with stretchable and elastic characteristics. Hook and loop fasteners couple the interior sheet adjacent to the outer edge to the exterior sheet. A plurality of pockets are formed between the interior sheet and the exterior sheet by rows of stitching between the first side edge and the second side edge. A quantity of temperature retentive material is within the pockets. Optional components include an electrical wire to facilitate heating and a container to facilitate heating and/or cooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventor: Kate S. Sauls
  • Patent number: 9603194
    Abstract: A temperature controlling heating device, comprising a heating piece, a temperature controlling means, which is electrically connected to the heating piece, including a temperature adjusting element, a temperature displaying element and a microprocessor, wherein the temperature adjusting element and the temperature displaying element are disposed on a surface of the temperature controlling means, the microprocessor is disposed within the temperature controlling means and is electrically connected to the temperature adjusting element, the temperature displaying element and the heating piece, the temperature adjusting element is provided to adjust temperature of the heating piece with the microprocessor in respond to a user's input, and a battery electrically connected to the temperature controlling means and the heating piece to provide electrical power for the temperature controlling means and the heating piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventor: Shin-Ping Peng
  • Patent number: 9439803
    Abstract: A patient warming device with patient access for maintaining normothermia and/or treating hypothermia is provided. The device includes a first compliant layer and a second compliant layer sealed together around an outer border to contain a liquid between the two layers and to form a wrap that surrounds and conforms to a body portion of a patient. A plurality of flaps extends from opposite sides of a generally longitudinal central portion of the wrap, such that one or more flaps from the opposite sides fasten to each other to surround the body portion. The flaps are openable during functional use to provide access to an underlying patient body surface. A continuous fluid flow path extends between the first compliant layer and the second compliant layer between a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet to carry liquid and deliver heat through the wrap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: CareFusion 2200, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher M. Varga, Michael McMahon, Thomas Dillingham, James Chan, Todd Schmaltz, Karthikeyan Rajendran
  • Patent number: 9375346
    Abstract: An absorbent pad. A first side of the absorbent pad is configured to abut a patient at a fluid discharging area or other location. Discharging fluid passes through a fluid-permeable liner of the absorbent pad into absorbent material. Liquid may be placed in the absorbent material prior to placing it on a patient and heated or cooled. An overwrap may be wrapped around the patient to hold the hot or cold compress in place while absorbing discharging fluid from the patient. A fluid barrier at a second side of the absorbent pad, parallel with the first side, prevents liquid from passing out of the absorbent pad at the second side. A coupler having hooks is disposed on the second side of the absorbent pad and is configured to engage with fibers of the overwrap in order to secure the absorbent pad in place with respect to the patient and overwrap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Sundheimer, Lloyd Jarvis
  • Patent number: 9220635
    Abstract: A device that produces patterned tactile sensations or events discernible to human touch from micro-actuators housed in a fabric, or other pliable material, where such actuated sensations or events are discernible by a user donning the fabric. The device is configured to convert electronically stored music or audio data into a sequence of patterned tactile sensations or events in a matrix across the fabric, providing a tactile representation of the music or audio data to the user. The discernible tactile sensations or events may alternately comprise retractable physical features, electric stimuli, and/or combinations of these.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Inventor: Douglas D. Churovich
  • Publication number: 20150148874
    Abstract: A multi-zone electric heating blanket. The blanket may be shaped to cover the outstretched arms or other body parts of a patient. The blanket includes first and second body part portions and a connecting bridge. The interconnection via the bridge leaves an open gap between the first and second body part portions for unblocked access to the patient. A power controller may supply power to heating elements in both body part portions based on a temperature sensor in one of the body part portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Scott D. Augustine, Ryan S. Augustine, Randall C. Arnold, Keith J. Leland, Joshua P. Waldman, Rudolf A. Deibel, Thomas F. Neils
  • Publication number: 20150142088
    Abstract: A device and method is taught for providing thermo therapeutic relief through the positioning of a heating element at a predetermined position in association with a garment to support and sustain the heat generated by the heating element in a designated area. The invention more particularly relates to a method and a device for treating menstrual cramps by application of thermo therapeutic relief to specific areas associated with a woman's abdomen. In addition a kit is taught for providing a particular type of undergarment and reusable heating pad for use therein, effective for relieving the discomfort of menstrual cramps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: LESLIE E. RIVA GODOY
  • Publication number: 20150134034
    Abstract: A vasodilation sleeve (10) is disclosed having a tubular middle section (11) having on opening (12) at each end to which a stretchable cuff (13). The tubular middle section (11) is made of a soft, flexible heat reflective material which retains a patient's body heat. The sleeve (10) is placed upon a patient's limb over the site of a vascular puncture. The patient's body heat is trapped within the sleeve (10) causing a warming of the skin, the heat reflective material aids in quickly warming the limb which causes the underlying veins to dilate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Encompass Group, LLC
    Inventor: Kelley Terrell
  • Publication number: 20150119849
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for activating brown adipose tissue (BAT) with cooling. Generally, the methods and devices can activate BAT to increase thermogenesis, e.g., increase heat production in the patient, which over time can lead to weight loss and/or improved metabolic function. In one embodiment, a medical device is provided that activates BAT by cooling tissue having a high density of cold sensitive thermoreceptors and/or by cooling BAT depots directly, thereby increasing thermogenesis in the BAT and inducing weight loss and/or improved metabolic function through energy expenditure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicants: The General Hospital Corporation D/B/A Massachusetts Gerneral Hospital, ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC.
    Inventors: Taylor W. Aronhalt, Lee M. Kaplan, Nicholas Stylopoulos, Jason L. Harris, Dwight D. Henninger, James W. Voegele, Mark S. Ortiz
  • Publication number: 20150088235
    Abstract: A device and method are disclosed for improving vein access. An exemplary device includes a porous substrate saturated with a disinfectant. The device may maintain a temperature sufficient to cause vasodilation for an extended period of time after removal from a heat source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: David S. EVANS, Mark L. LOUGHERY, Greg OTTINGER, Christopher D. BUCK, Philip L. RAMGE
  • Publication number: 20150088236
    Abstract: A moist heat therapy compress for therapeutic treatment of a treated body part. The moist heat therapy compress includes a fluid-permeable shell, a flexible backing fastened to the shell to define an enclosure, and hydrophilic zeolite fill granules loosely contained within the enclosure. The moist heat therapy compress is exposed to a source of moisture to cause absorption of water into the hydrophilic zeolite, and the moisture is delivered from the hydrophilic zeolite through the fluid permeable shell to the treated body portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Mark H. BRUDER, Aaron N. INGRAM
  • Patent number: 8986359
    Abstract: A multi-zone electric heating blanket. The blanket may be shaped to cover the outstretched arms or other body parts of a patient. The blanket includes first and second body part portions and a connecting bridge. The interconnection via the bridge leaves an open gap between the first and second body part portions for unblocked access to the patient. A power controller may supply power to heating elements in both body part portions based on a temperature sensor in one of the body part portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Augustine Temperature Management LLC
    Inventors: Scott D. Augustine, Ryan S. Augustine, Randall C. Arnold, Keith J. Leland, Joshua P. Waldman, Rudolf A. Deibel, Thomas F. Neils
  • Patent number: 8968377
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods are disclosed herein for treatment of a disease, disorder, or condition in a vertebrate subject. A device is provided that includes one or more cooling elements configured to be applied to one or more tissues of a vertebrate subject to modulate at least one activity of brown adipose tissue of the vertebrate subject, and a programmable controller configured to provide instructions to the one or more cooling elements in response to information regarding one or more physiological conditions of the vertebrate subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Edward S. Boyden, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Edward K. Y. Jung, Eric C. Leuthardt, Stephen L. Malaska, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150045859
    Abstract: A therapeutic ice bag shaped to cover a specific body part of a wearer. A timer is positioned on the bag to enable the user to determine when to remove the bag after a period of use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Neil J. Kay
  • Publication number: 20150025305
    Abstract: A scrotal cushion and therapeutic device is provided that fits securely under and around the scrotum when a patient is seated or supine (body position characterized by lying flat on one's back). The scrotal cushion comprises a device body, a cap, four lateral wing elements contiguous with the scrotal cushion body, a temperature altering element (cooling or heating) and/or a receptacle for receiving the temperature altering element, and aeration elements. The body, cap and wings are preferably constructed of a soft, absorbent, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-decubitus, fast drying, durable, washable material. The scrotal cushion can be used to decrease pain, increase comfort, reduce scrotal swelling, improve hygiene, prevent scrotal skin tears, prevent infections, and alter fertility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Matthew Thompson STRINGER, Emily Grace Reynolds STRINGER
  • Publication number: 20140371828
    Abstract: Plastic sheet can be heat-sealed to form a water-tight envelope having an open top. A water-tight frangible container can be loaded into the envelope through the open top. The water-tight frangible container can contain a predetermined amount of water. A predetermined amount of urea can be loaded into the envelope through the open top. Separate from the loading of the urea, a predetermined amount of ammonium chloride can be loaded into the envelope through the open top. The relative proportions of the predetermined amount of urea, the predetermined amount of ammonium chloride, and the predetermined amount of water can be selected to provide a target cooling effect to a portion of a body to which cooling is to be applied. The open top of the envelope can be heat-sealed to form a water-tight outer pack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Jeffrey Thomas Whitely
  • Publication number: 20140371829
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods according to various aspects of the present technology may comprise a treatment device configured for localized application of temperature treatment to aid in the therapeutic treatment of hemorrhoid disease. In one embodiment, the treatment device may comprise a body suitably configured to be placed directly against an external portion of an intergluteal space proximate to an anal verge of a user to allow localized exchange of heat energy between the external portion of the intergluteal space and composition disposed within a cavity of the body. In one embodiment, the body may be configured to be retained in position against the treatment area during use and to decrease a possibility of being inadvertently displaced after being positioned for use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: George W. Stine, Lisa K. Stine
  • Patent number: 8907251
    Abstract: A personal thermal regulating device (PTRD) typically includes a heat generating device, a power source, a switchable control operably coupled with each of the heat generating device and the power source, and a head retention device coupled with the heat generating device and configured to retain the heat generating device positioned centrally at and in thermally conductive contact with a user's forehead. The present invention affects a tangible warming of the extremities, particularly the hands and feet, extending retention of manual dexterity and peripheral comfort under cold conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: 3Eye, LLC
    Inventors: Walter G. Larsen, Michael J. Adler
  • Publication number: 20140358203
    Abstract: A thermal assistance device is useful to provide supplemental heating or cooling to a user's circulating core blood, or to the blood supply to an extremity of a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Justin Li
  • Publication number: 20140358202
    Abstract: A clogged milk duct relief device provides warmth and vibration to the breast to relieve pain associated with a clogged milk duct. The device includes a pouch having an outer shell enveloping an interior space. A heat retention substance is positioned in the interior space of the pouch wherein the pouch is configured to deliver heat to a breast positioned against the pouch. A panel is coupled to the pouch proximate a perimeter edge of the panel such that the panel defines a pocket coupled to the pouch. A vibrator is selectively positionable in the pocket wherein the pouch is configured for delivering vibration to the breast.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Jaclyn L. Zanella
  • Publication number: 20140358205
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and apparatus of evaporative cooling which targets one or more of an animal's muscle tissue areas, as the head and neck, chest, shoulder, back or gluteal muscles, and leg and ankle of the body chest, shoulder, back and gluteal muscles, and does not otherwise restrict movement of the animal. The apparatus of the present invention is formed of a lower layer and an upper layer, which together form a pocket for receiving a cooling means, wherein the pocket is adapted to open and dose. The apparatus of the present invention is contoured to position around one or more body areas of the animal and secured in the position for evaporative cooling of the animal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Mary Jo Margaret Robke, Vicki Shapero Lurie
  • Patent number: 8894698
    Abstract: Thermal therapy pads for providing a temperature controlled therapy to a portion of a patient's body. The pad includes an inner surface and an outer surface that define a tortuous path for the fluid flow throughout the pad. The pad receives a temperature controlled fluid from a pumping unit via an inlet, and the fluid circulates throughout the pad before being returned to the cooling unit via an outlet. The pads are configured to conform to the shape of the portion of the body receiving the therapy. One such pad is a convertible vest that has one configuration that covers the upper torso and another configuration that covers the back and arms. Another such pad wraps around the wrist after being secured at the thumb. Another pad conforms to the face of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Adroit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Gammons, Clifford E. Gammons
  • Patent number: 8888831
    Abstract: A warming device for perioperative use includes a clinical garment and a convective thermal blanket supported on an inside surface of the clinical garment. A mechanism may be provided to releasably attach the thermal blanket to the clinical garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Albert P. Van Duren
  • Patent number: 8882820
    Abstract: An inflatable convective pad for warming a person during surgery has two ends, two sides, and at least two openings, each located in an area of the pad between the two ends and between a respective side and the center of the pad. The openings, which may be in the form of slits, allow the threading of a sheet or the person's arms through the pad to restrain the arms during surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Thomas P. Anderson, Mark J. Scott
  • Patent number: 8876875
    Abstract: The present invention is a two-layer garment adapted to receive one or more body parts to provide a user with compression and thermal therapy. The two layers comprise of an inner base layer having a compression fit and an outer mesh layer. The layers are attached to one another such that an intermediate space exists between the two layers. The intermediate space is accessible through one or more openings to the intermediate space. The opening and intermediate space are adapted to receive a thermal transferring element. A thermal pouch having a plurality of projections on an outward facing surface may receive the thermal transferring element prior to insertion into the intermediate space or the projections may be located on the thermal transferring element itself. The outer mesh layer receives the projections securing the thermal transferring element at any location, resulting in unmatched customizable thermal and compression therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Snapbac, LLC
    Inventors: Ali Nilforushan, Kevin Bello
  • Publication number: 20140316493
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a cryo therapy system suitable for use on a patient's lumbar area. A belt is provided with a front closure and a posterior window. The belt is looped around the patient's abdomen, with the posterior window lying over the lumbar spine. The front closure is secured using VELCRO fasteners. A pocket is preferably provided on each end of the belt. The pockets allow the user to more easily apply and tighten the belt. A cover panel is provided to selectively cover and close the posterior window in the belt. The cover panel includes an inward facing surface which is at least partially covered in loop material. One or more cold packs are provided. Each cold pack includes a hook panel configured to engage the loop material on the inward facing surface of the cover panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Bryan E. Kilbey
  • Patent number: 8864807
    Abstract: A thermal regulation blanket includes a plurality of cells with a first reagent. A plurality of pouches with a second reagent are disposed within the plurality of cells. A plurality of dividers are disposed between each of the plurality of cells. A thermally conductive layer is disposed over the cells and the plurality of dividers. When the first reagent and the second reagent mix, a thermal reaction occurs which modifies a temperature of the thermally conductive layer. A method of providing thermal therapy to a patient includes positioning the patient on a thermal regulation blanket, an abdomen of the patient is engaged with at least one abdominal blanket of the thermal regulation blanket. At least one cell of the thermal regulation blanket is activated to begin providing thermal therapy to the patient. A temperature of the thermal regulation blanket is monitored with a temperature sensor. At least one additional cell is activated to adjust the temperature of the thermal regulation blanket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Medical Thermodynamics LLC
    Inventor: Charles F. Potter
  • Patent number: 8834548
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for regulating body temperature. The system includes a housing that comprises compartments for a phase change material and a heat transfer material. The compartments are configured to transfer heat from the heat transfer material to the phase change material. A temperature sensor is used to determine when the phase change material has reached a pre-determined temperature. When the pre-determined temperature is reached, a release mechanism or lever is coupled to the temperature sensor to separate the phase change material compartment from the heat transfer material compartment or to remove the heat transfer material away from the phase change material compartment. The heated phase change material compartment can be used to regulate body temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Embrace
    Inventors: Linus Liang, Jane Chen, Rahul Panicker, Naganand Murty, Eu-wen Ding, Rajan Patel
  • Patent number: 8807127
    Abstract: A steam-generating warming article 1 which has a steam generating element 2 making use of chemical energy and is adapted to supply steam while in contact with a human body. The article 1, while in contact with the body, maintains the skin surface temperature at 38° to 49° C. for 3 to 15 hours and cumulatively generates 0.5 to 12 mg/3 hr·cm2 of steam. The steam-generating warming article 1 is used to improve the human body's physiology. The steam generating element 2 is preferably a heat generating sheet prepared by incorporating an aqueous electrolyte solution into a molded sheet containing an oxidizable metal, a reaction accelerator, and a fibrous material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Kao Corporation
    Inventors: Michihito Igaki, Koichi Okisaka, Ichiro Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 8778005
    Abstract: A control unit coupled to a thermal therapy device, a compression therapy device and DVT therapy devices is provided. The thermal therapy device includes a fluid bladder for delivering hot and/or cold therapy to a patient. The compression therapy device includes an gas bladder for providing compression to a patient. The DVT therapy devices provide pulsed compression in coordination with the compression therapy device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: ThermoTek, Inc.
    Inventors: Overton L. Parish, Tony Quisenberry, Niran Balachandran, Sam K. McSpadden
  • Patent number: 8771330
    Abstract: A personal artificial transpiration cooling system having a transpiration surface with a substrate, a transpiration membrane layer which is spaced from the substrate layer by one or more spacers to define one or more interior fluid flow channels between a first surface of the transpiration membrane layer and the substrate; and a stoma layer disposed adjacent a second surface of the permeable membrane layer, the stoma layer being spaced from the second surface of permeable membrane layer by a predetermined distance to define one or more cavities disposed between pores in the at least one stoma layer and the second surface of the permeable membrane layer. A fluid reservoir is provided in fluid communication with the one or more interior fluid flow channels, while the transpiration surface is configured to be worn by a human or an animal and the fluid reservoir is designed to be supported, in use, by the human or animal wearing the transpiration surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher S. Roper, William B. Carter
  • Publication number: 20140188199
    Abstract: A hands-free lactation aid and soothing garment can be used for simultaneous warm and cool therapy. Therapeutic cozies can be used in conjunction with a camisole or nursing camisole, bra, or nursing bra or apparel, can be inserted into a cozy cover for use with an adjustable neckband. With the appropriate breast cozies, breast pumping or nursing can occur simultaneously with warm/cool therapy, and a privacy shield attaches easily. An additional neck therapy insert can be used to sooth a sore neck, while an additional nipple soother can be attached to the center of the cozies to provide simultaneous warm and cold therapy to the effected area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 1, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventor: Chistine L. Enderby
  • Patent number: 8753383
    Abstract: A sequential compression and temperature therapy blanket with a plurality of air chambers is disclosed. The air chambers are filled and released by a valve assembly that may be separate from or integrated within the blanket. The temperature therapy blanket includes a fluid bladder for delivering hot and/or cold therapy to a patient. The temperature therapy blanket may also include an air bladder for providing compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: ThermoTek, Inc.
    Inventors: Overton L. Parish, Niran Balachandran, Tony Quisenberry, Clark R. Havis
  • Patent number: 8740960
    Abstract: A device that is used to reduce the pain of a needle stick to a person, the device having a casing containing a vibratory device and a temperature reducing device, and a method for using the device to reduce the pain of a needle stick by applying both thermal and vibration analgesia to a subject during a needle stick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: MMJ Labs, LLC
    Inventors: Amy L. Baxter, Louis A. Calderon
  • Publication number: 20140148878
    Abstract: A non-surgical method for improving both the external pubic appearance and the internal vaginal tightness of a female patient in a single procedure includes providing a cosmetic skin-tightening device having a wand having a tip that applies heating energy to skin collagen, where the wand is shaped such that the tip can be inserted into the patient's vagina. During the procedure, the wand is alternately passed over the external pubic skin and inserted into the patient's vagina, thereby tightening both the pubic and vaginal regions during a single procedure while preventing overheating of any one area. The heat energy can be conductively transmitted heat or a radiated energy such as infra-red, laser, or radio frequency energy. A disposable sleeve can be applied over the wand to facilitate cleaning and sterilization after use. A vaginal lubricant and/or ultrasound gel can be applied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventor: Khalilullah A. Khatri
  • Patent number: 8721700
    Abstract: A therapeutic heated pocket and method of use in accordance with the present disclosure generally comprises an outer covering, edge trim, baby-dry material, insulation material, headliner material, heating coil, heating element, power cord and power adjustment controller. The pocket allows an arthritis sufferer to quickly and evenly warm an affected area in order to increase blood flow to the area. This has been shown to increase mobility and decrease pain for several hours after use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Gene Stuffel
  • Patent number: 8715329
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a reusable pain relieving treatment device, such as a belt, and a disposable thermal device having one or more thermally conductive components that extend from a surface of the device and are capable of transferring heat, cold or vibrations from disposable or reusable devices to targeted sections of the user's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: McNeil-PPC, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronni L. Robinson, Harry S. Sowden, Leo B. Kriksunov
  • Patent number: 8715330
    Abstract: A controlled temperature therapy system has a pump, a reservoir, and a therapy component. The reservoir has an inlet in communication with the therapy component and an outlet in communication with the pump. The reservoir may also include a baffle adjacent the outlet. The inlet may be a movable inlet, a nozzle or include a flow directing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: CoolSystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark H. Lowe, Krister Bowman, Joseph Metro
  • Patent number: 8709058
    Abstract: A portable thermal therapeutic apparatus, adapted to transfer heat between a creature and the atmosphere by circulating heat transfer fluid within a conduit held in contact with the creature. The apparatus includes a housing with a support structure that is particularly adapted for portable use. A heat pump is disposed within the housing, and operates to transfer heat between a first portion and a manifold. A heat sink is thermally coupled to the first portion, and transfers heat between the first portion and the atmosphere. A pump is disposed within the housing and circulates the fluid through the manifold and the conduit. A power supply is disposed within the housing and drives the pump, thereby causing the fluid to circulate within the manifold and the conduit. The power supply is also provides direct current to the heat pump, thereby causing heat to flow from the manifold to the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Douglas R. Harsy
  • Patent number: 8702775
    Abstract: A system and method for portably delivering a therapeutic dose of heat to the skin to relieve pain, reduce accommodation of thermal nerve receptors, promote healing, and deliver transcutaneous medications. The heating device is user programmable or pre-programmed to deliver according to a variety of cycles, patterns and algorithms. The cycles, patterns, and algorithms of the heat are programmable parameters, are under the user's control, and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the device. The heating algorithms are designed to interact with an individual user's thermal nerve receptors and other tissue characteristics and to reduce the tendency of the receptors to accommodate to the external stimuli with back pain, muscular pain, dysmenorrhea, headaches, fibromyalgia, post-herpetic neuralgia, nerve injuries and neuropathies, and sprains and strain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Carewave, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Dunbar, Charles Chabal
  • Patent number: 8702774
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for removing heat from subcutaneously disposed lipid-rich cells are disclosed. In selected embodiments, suction and/or heat removal sources are coupled to an applicator. The applicator includes a flexible portion and a rigid portion. The rigid portion includes a thermally conductive plate and a frame coupling the thermally conductive plate and the flexible portion. An interior cavity of the applicator is in fluid communication with the suction source, and the frame maintains contiguous engagement between the heat removal source and the thermally conductive plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Baker, Joseph Coakley, Paul William Martens, Albert L. Ollerdessen, William Patrick Pennybacker, Jesse Nicasio Rosen, Peter Yee, John W. Allison, Bryan Weber
  • Patent number: 8680498
    Abstract: A method for utilizing an implant in a human breast includes forming a breast cavity within the breast at a lumpectomy site, the breast cavity having surrounding tissue; forming a substantially radio-opaque implant constructed of biocompatible and biodegradable material configured to allow for in-growth of fibrous tissue into and replacing the biocompatible and biodegradable material, the biocompatible and biodegradable material being elastically compressible; sizing the substantially radio-opaque implant to occupy the breast cavity; and implanting within the breast cavity the substantially radio-opaque implant to support the tissue surrounding the breast cavity, the step of implanting including compressing the biocompatible and biodegradable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: SenoRx, Inc.
    Inventors: John Corbitt, Lori Anthony
  • Patent number: 8679170
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for treating a human condition by providing an appendage chamber having a thermal exchange member. A vacuum may be applied to the appendage chamber to maintain vasodilation of an appendage when placed within the appendage chamber. The appendage may be heated or cooled at the thermal exchange member for therapeutic application of thermal energy to treat a number of circulatory, neurological, lymphatic, or endocrinal maladies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Avacen, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Muehlbauer, Nathan Newman