Head, Face, Or Neck Patents (Class 607/109)
  • Patent number: 11076983
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a flexible frame, a coupling portion, and an insulating portion. The flexible frame is configured to support a thermal therapeutic member and is transitioned between a first configuration and a second configuration to place the therapeutic member in substantially continuous contact with a target portion of the body. The coupling portion is coupled to the flexible frame and is transitioned from a first configuration to a second configuration to retain the flexible frame in its second configuration. The insulating portion is transitioned from a first configuration to a second configuration to be coupled to the flexible frame. The insulating portion at least partially controls a transfer of thermal energy between the thermal therapeutic member and the target portion of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventor: Seth A. Biser
  • Patent number: 11020275
    Abstract: A protective goggle assembly having a pair of eye cup assemblies adapted to be easily adjusted by medical personnel. A cooperating ball and socket structure is provided within a housing structure extending from each eye cup assembly and which receive the nose bridge wire ends of a formed nose bridge wire. Each socket ball has a formed channel therethrough to receive the nose bridge wire ends and to provide adjustability. The ball and socket structure permit medical personnel to rotate the nose bridge during a medical procedure without effecting the position of the eye cups covering the patient's eyes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventor: Tom Barrows
  • Patent number: 10835418
    Abstract: A portable handheld meibomian gland thermal treatment apparatus includes a housing holding a battery and necessary electrical components. A generally rectangular and concave thermal applicator tip terminates the housing, and applies precisely controlled heat to a single eyelid. A bend in the housing enables the apparatus to be held in position with the apparatus extending from the eyelid generally parallel to the ground and then from the bend sloping away from the viewing plane, either down toward the ground or upward away from the ground. As a result, a person may still keep one of the two eyelids on the treatment eye open and see past the housing and supporting hand, thereby simultaneously performing treatment while also performing other tasks. Various embodiments illustrate automatic on and off operation; a telescoping applicator having long-travel application force regulation; and a method of thermally treating meibomian gland dysfunction using the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventors: Sarah S. Darbandi, Bejan M. Darbandi
  • Patent number: 10772758
    Abstract: Dry eye treatment apparatus and methods are described herein which generally comprise a patch or strip affixed to the skin of the upper and/or lower eyelids to deliver heat or other forms of energy, pressure, drugs, moisture, etc. (alone or in combination) to the one or more meibomian glands contained within the underlying skin. The treatment strip or strips include one or more strips configured to adhere to an underlying region of skin in proximity to one or both eyes of a subject such that the one or more strips allow for the subject to blink naturally without restriction from the one or more patches. Moreover, the one or more strips may be configured to emit energy to the underlying region of skin and where the one or more strips are shaped to follow a location of one or more meibomiam glands contained within the underlying region of skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Sight Sciences, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Badawi
  • Patent number: 10740438
    Abstract: Embodiments of a method and system for improving sleep characterization and/or a sleeping-related disorder for a user associated with a sleep session can include receiving a log of use dataset corresponding to user digital communication behavior at a mobile device, the log of use dataset associated with the sleep session; receiving a supplementary dataset characterizing activity of the user and/or mobile device, the supplementary dataset associated with the sleep session; characterizing a sleep-related parameter for the user based on at least one of the log of use dataset and the supplementary dataset; determining a sleep care plan for the user based on the sleep-related parameter, the sleep care plan including a therapeutic intervention; and promoting a therapeutic intervention to the user according to the sleep care plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Ginger.io, Inc.
    Inventors: Sai Moturu, Karim Wahba, Anmol Madan
  • Patent number: 10737109
    Abstract: In accordance with various aspects of the present teachings, systems and methods for applying treatment energy, e.g., electromagnetic radiation such as laser radiation in the visible and near infrared wavelengths, to body areas having bulges and fat deposits, loose skin, pain, acne and/or wounds. In some aspects, the systems and methods can enable relatively lengthy treatments to be performed by having the practitioner set-up and/or start the treatment, thereafter allowing the treatment to proceed safely and effectively without the continued presence of the practitioner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: CYNOSURE, LLC
    Inventors: James Boll, Robert D. McCarthy, Rafael Armando Sierra, Brian R. Sutherland, Allan Cameron, Adrian Mark West, Elizabeth Kneen Winter, Kevin Young
  • Patent number: 10675177
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for cooling a body or body part for medical or performance-enhancing purposes, said device consisting of one or more cooling elements (11), said cooling element (11) being provided with a cover (1) that is filled with meltable cooling solid (2). The disclosed device is characterized in that an additional apparatus for displacing the already melted portion (8) of the cooling solid (2) from the contact surface (7) to the body is provided inside the cover (1), the expandable member (4, 6) being preferably designed in the form of a filled member (4) of a spring element (6) or of a foamed article. Also disclosed is an additional device which is characterized in that a layer (16) of thermochromic material indicates when a threshold temperature is exceeded, said layer (16) being applied to the bottom side of the expandable member and thus being pressed against the remaining solid portion of the cooling solid, the cover (1) being transparent in this case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventors: Friedrich Vogel, Jakob Vogel, Rudolf Faworka
  • Patent number: 10512320
    Abstract: This invention relates to reusable, multi-layered articles having the ability to maintain a desired temperature and be used for cosmetic and/or medical applications. In particular, the invention is directed to cosmetic facial masks and kits used to treat the skin of a user by applying heat or cold along with an optional therapeutic composition, and maintain the desired temperature during the duration of treatment. The multi-layered article is designed to be reusable, washable and sterilizable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Inventor: Julie Pefferman
  • Patent number: 10449085
    Abstract: A dry eye treatment device is provided having a mask defining a treatment cavity which is positionable on a face of a user over the eyes. A temperature altering pack such as a gel pack is positionable within the treatment cavity and a fabric cover my surround the gel pack and have medication absorbed or placed upon the fabric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventor: Suzanne Paulson
  • Patent number: 10433467
    Abstract: A thermal dissipation system for wearable electronic devices transfers heat away from a housing enclosing a heat source and dissipates the heat through a region of the support assembly that is noncontiguous with the housing. The support assembly may be coupled to the housing to enable the housing to be worn by a user. Various regions of the support assembly have different thermal resistances between a thermal conduit and an ambient environment. The thermal resistances may decrease as the thermal conduit becomes farther away from the heat source. The variations in thermal resistances enable modulation of relative heat flux between the various regions. For example, heat may be internally routed through the wearable electronic device to be dissipated through a surface that a user does not typically touch during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Erin Hurbi, Michael Nikkhoo
  • Patent number: 10376417
    Abstract: An emergency head trauma bandage cap with a detachable strap system and method of use, which, when applied to the head, delivers minimal pressure to control bleeding, doesn't compromise cervical spine immobilization, allows for fast and effective application of cooling gel to control intracranial/internal swelling or hot packs to prevent hypothermia in non-trauma situations, doesn't come apart during treatment and transport, and doesn't require a caregiver to re-wrap the dressing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: First Responder Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Michelle Cumming, Mitchell Kastros, Marc Etchells, Paul E Lentz, III
  • Patent number: 10286181
    Abstract: In one embodiment, there is a computer-implemented method for delivering therapy to a user, comprising: providing data representative of an initial sensory stimulus to a sensory stimulus device and causing the sensory stimulus device to provide the initial sensory stimulus to the user; receiving alpha wave biometric data of the user from a brain electrical activity sensor while the sensory stimulus device provides the initial sensory stimulus; determining whether the alpha wave biometric data meets sensory stimulus adjustment criteria; if the alpha wave biometric data meets sensory stimulus adjustment criteria, adjusting the sensory stimulus provided to the user by providing data representative of an adjusted sensory stimulus to the sensory stimulus device and causing the sensory stimulus device to provide the adjusted sensory stimulus; and if the alpha wave biometric data fails to meet sensory stimulus adjustment criteria, continue causing the sensory stimulus device to provide the initial sensory stimulus t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Cigna Intellectual Property, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven J. Mastrianni
  • Patent number: 10245295
    Abstract: This is a neurological essential oil composition employing oils containing sesquiterpene compounds that cross the blood-brain barrier, such as Vetiver, Black Pepper, Ginger, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Cedarwood, Myrrh, Frankincense, or Lavender, offering calming relief from seizures, migraine, anxiety, tremor, PTSD, and other neurological ailments, minus side-effects often experienced with conventional neurotherapeutics. A case study using FDA guidelines was conducted on the composition by the inventor/nutritionist treating these disorders and more with success, including her own seizure disorder. For neurological stimulation to improve cognitive function, the composition recruits oils such as Coffee, Vanilla, Cinnamon Bark, Clove, Dalmatian Sage, Rosemary, Blood Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, Peppermint, Lime, Clementine, Spearmint or Coconut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Laura Harris Smith
  • Patent number: 10130508
    Abstract: Described herein is a pouch or strap system for holding a temperature control element (i.e., hot/cold element). The system described herein may include multiple straps that may be retained and/or interconnected such that the system may position a temperature control element at various parts of the body. The system may include a central pouch encompassed by a first panel and a second panel, wherein the first panel has a higher thermal resistance than the thermal resistance of the second panel. The system may include a first couple of straps attached to and extending away from the central pouch, each of the first couple of straps including a single quick-release buckle component, and a second couple of straps attached to and extending away from the central pouch, wherein each strap of the second couple of straps includes two quick-release buckle components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Dennis McAlister
  • Patent number: 10021954
    Abstract: The present invention is an improved sleeping mask that concurrently applies beauty products. The sleeping mask, in its preferred embodiment, includes an eye cover, adjustable strap, and internal pockets having applicator sponge pads therein. Any desired beauty care product can be placed on the applicator sponge pads. The device is worn like any conventional sleeping mask so that the internal pockets directly contact the user's skin. In this way, the beauty care product on the applicator sponge pads can be applied to the user's skin throughout the night. The pockets may be perforated to allow beauty care products to permeate therethrough and treat the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Sylvia Wardaszka
  • Patent number: 9999539
    Abstract: A thermal eye pod assembly for use in efficiently heating and/or cooling a plurality of thermal eye patch members, as desired. A portable thermal eye pod assembly for use in efficiently treating a user's recurring ophthalmic conditions, accelerating a user's healing process, and providing a user with a relatively faster means of pain relief.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventor: Robert W. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9770360
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a brain cooling and spinal cord cooling system, device or mechanism for use in military helmets, and in an adapted format in non-military helmets. The system is comprised of an inflatable pad, or a set of interconnected pads, attached to the interior surface of the helmet, together with a series of valves that allow cooling gases to be delivered from a high pressure canister. The use of different cooling gases permits the achievement and maintenance of cooling of the brain for 24 to 96 hours at a mild (36° C.) or moderate (33° C.-35° C.) brain hypothermia, which is 1.5° C.-4.5° C. below the core temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventor: Renato Rozental
  • Patent number: 9504615
    Abstract: The invention relates to a multipurpose first aid apparatus for a person or animal including, a body adapted for carrying items, securing means for use with the body; and at least one attachment means. In use, at least one attachment means can be used to attach the body so as to be transported with the person or animal. The items can be carried within or about the body and in the case of an injury to a limb of the person or animal, the body can be used with the securing means, to firmly support the limb of the person or the animal until professional medical or veterinary assistance can be sought. The invention also relates to variants of the apparatus and a method of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventor: Tracey Maree Beikoff
  • Patent number: 9456529
    Abstract: A heat management structure for a wearable electronic device includes a first thermally conductive layer, a second thermally conductive layer, and insulating layer. The first and second thermally conductive layers and the insulating layer are arranged in a stacked configuration along their surface areas with the insulating layer disposed between and in physical contact with the first and second thermally conductive layers. At least one edge of the second thermally conductive layer extends beyond an edge of at least one of the first thermally conductive layer or the insulating layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Alberto R. Cavallaro, Martin R. Pais
  • Patent number: 9358152
    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: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: MMJ LABS, LLC
    Inventors: Amy L. Baxter, Louis A. Calderon
  • Patent number: 9326881
    Abstract: A torso wrap is disclosed for providing relief to a person suffering from back pain, including: an inner layer of water-retaining material; a middle layer of moisture-barrier material; and an outer layer of stretchable material having first and second securing ends that secure to each other when the torso wrap is placed around the torso of a person. The inner layer is configured to be moistened with water and is worn in contact with the torso of a person wearing the torso wrap. The middle moisture-barrier layer is attached to the inner layer so as to trap moisture within the inner layer. The middle layer is attached to the outer layer of stretchable material that includes attachment ends for securing the torso wrap around the torso of a person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Inventor: Roberta Press
  • Patent number: 9242118
    Abstract: Methods are provided for regulating bone remodeling or tooth movement, comprising allowing a functional appliance to exert a force on oral or maxillofacial bone, muscle, or soft tissue, or one or more teeth of a patient in need thereof; and administering an effective amount of light to the oral or maxillofacial bone, muscle, or soft tissue, or one or more teeth, wherein the light is administered before, during, or after the force is exerted. Methods are also provided for regulating bone remodeling, comprising administering an effective amount of vitamin D to an oral or maxillofacial bone, muscle, or soft tissue, or to one or more teeth of a patient in need thereof; and administering an effective amount of light to the oral or maxillofacial bone, muscle, or soft tissue, or to the one or more teeth. Apparatuses useful for providing light therapy and/or vitamin D is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Biolux Research Ltd.
    Inventor: Peter Robert Brawn
  • Patent number: 9216028
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus for treating mammalian meibomian glands involves clearing the meibomian glands. The apparatus comprises a heater configured to apply a regulated heat to an eyelid containing the meibomian glands to a temperature adequate to melt obstructions in the meibomian glands to put the obstructions in a fluid or suspension (melted) state, and a controller maintaining the heat for a time period adequate to melt the obstructions. The glands can then be mechanically treated by a mechanical treatment applicator to express fluid from the glands by using a compressive force, wherein the treating is carried out either during the time period or after the time period but while the obstruction remains in a fluid state. Subsequent pharmacological treatment of the glands by use a pharmacological agent (topical or systemic) can then be used to assist in maintaining proper flow of lipids from the glands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: TearScience, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald R. Korb, Timothy R. Willis, Stephen M. Grenon
  • Patent number: 9211212
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods to enhance sleep, reduce sleep onset latency, extend sleep duration and/or increasing the duration of deeper sleep stages relative to stage 1 sleep. In general, these apparatuses and methods apply and maintain one or more target “warm” temperatures to a subject's forehead for a time period. The target temperature may be between 25° C. and 42° C. The target temperature may be a fixed amount greater than ambient temperature. The time period may be a fixed time period or a variable time period. These methods and apparatuses may limit the application of thermal energy to the subject's forehead region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignees: Cerêve, Inc., University of Pittsburgh—Of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education
    Inventors: Eric A. Nofzinger, Jeffrey J. Schirm, Damian F. Rippole, Craig B. Reynolds, Robert E. Tucker
  • Patent number: 9186272
    Abstract: A cervical collar includes a flexible, elongate support member having two ends, a longitudinal axis, an initial length, and a plurality of slits near at least one end. Each slit defines a terminal segment of the support member and a connective link between the terminal segment and the remainder of the support member. A connector is provided for securing together the two ends. The support member may be manufactured by forming slits near at least one end of a flexible support member. The collar may be applied to a patient by providing a support member which is longer than is needed for the patient's neck, removing a terminal segment of the support member to adjust the length so that the support member is sized to appropriately encircle the patient's neck, flexing the support member around the patient's neck, and connecting the ends of the support member together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventor: Timothy Andrew Kussow
  • Patent number: 9089400
    Abstract: Method, systems and devices for treating insomnia by non-invasive hypothermic treatment are described. In general, these devices, systems and method enable cooling of the frontal cortex prior to and/or during sleep to enhance sleep, which may be particularly beneficial to treat insomnia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: University of Pittsburgh—Of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education
    Inventor: Eric A. Nofzinger
  • Patent number: 9060843
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for treating gland dysfunction caused by gland obstruction in order to restore the natural flow of secretion from the gland comprises the application of a combination of energy, suction, vibration, heat, aspiration, chemical agents and pharmacological agents to loosen and thereafter remove the obstructive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: TearScience, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen M. Grenon, Donald R. Korb, Timothy R. Willis, Benjamin T. Gravely
  • Publication number: 20150126802
    Abstract: The invention provides methods for treating a neurological disorder or deficit, such as tinnitus and phantom limb pain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Hubert H. Lim, Craig D. Markovitz, Sarah J. Offutt
  • Publication number: 20150119629
    Abstract: An apparatus for generating focused currents in biological tissue is provided. The apparatus comprises an electric source capable of generating an electric field across a region of tissue and means for altering the permittivity of the tissue relative to the electric field, whereby a displacement current is generated. The means for altering the permittivity may be a chemical source, optical source, mechanical source, thermal source, or electromagnetic source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Timothy Andrew Wagner, Uri Tzvi Eden
  • Publication number: 20150105702
    Abstract: An apparatus for generating focused currents in biological tissue is provided. The apparatus comprises an electric source capable of generating an electric field across a region of tissue and means for altering the permittivity of the tissue relative to the electric field, whereby a displacement current is generated. The means for altering the permittivity may be a chemical source, optical source, mechanical source, thermal source, or electromagnetic source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Timothy Andrew Wagner, Uri Tzvi Eden
  • Publication number: 20150094671
    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 preprogrammed 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: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: CAREWAVE, INC.
    Inventors: Peter J. Dunbar, Charles Chabal
  • 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
    Applicant: BRUDER HEALTHCARE COMPANY
    Inventors: Mark H. BRUDER, Aaron N. INGRAM
  • Publication number: 20150018905
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods to enhance sleep, reduce sleep onset latency, extend sleep duration and/or increasing the duration of deeper sleep stages relative to stage 1 sleep. In general, these apparatuses and methods apply and maintain one or more target “warm” temperatures to a subject's forehead for a time period. The target temperature may be between 25° C. and 42° C. The target temperature may be a fixed amount greater than ambient temperature. The time period may be a fixed time period or a variable time period. These methods and apparatuses may limit the application of thermal energy to the subject's forehead region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Eric A. NOFZINGER, Jeffrey J. SCHIRM, Damian F. RIPPOLE, Craig B. REYNOLDS, Robert E. TUCKER
  • Publication number: 20150012073
    Abstract: In one form, an eye mask includes an eye mask core assembly, a covering, a band, and first and second insulated wires. The eye mask core assembly has first and second heat producing areas separated by a distance corresponding to a separation of human eyes and having first and second ends. The eye mask core assembly produces heat in response to the application of a voltage thereto. The covering surrounds the eye mask core assembly. The band is attached to the first and second ends of said eye mask core assembly. The first and second insulated wires have first ends connected to the eye mask core assembly, and second ends for connection to a power supply.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: John Devine
  • Publication number: 20150012074
    Abstract: In one form, an eye mask includes an eye mask core assembly, a band, and first and second insulated wires. The eye mask core assembly has first and second heat producing areas separated by a distance corresponding to a separation of human eyes and having first and second ends. The eye mask core assembly produces heat in response to the application of a voltage thereto. The covering surrounds the eye mask core assembly. The band is attached to the first and second ends of said eye mask core assembly. The first and second insulated wires have first ends connected to the eye mask core assembly, and second ends for connection to a power supply.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: John Devine
  • 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: 20140358204
    Abstract: A device and method for non-invasive treatment of menopausal hot flashes. The device includes a hand-held assembly sized to be held in the palm of a user's hand; a cooling plate within the assembly and a cradle which docks with the assembly. The cradle plugs into an AC power source and includes a Peltier-effect element for cooling a contact plate. The contact plate in the cradle abuts the cooling plate in the docked assembly and cools the same, keeping it at the lowered temperature and ready for immediate use. The cradle includes a heat sink for dissipating heat generated by the Peltier-effect element. The assembly is undocked from the cradle. The cooled plate is placed against the skin on the back of the neck and is moved back and forth to stimulate cold thermoreceptors in the skin, thereby counteracting the false trigger which caused the hot flash.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Robert G. Dickie
  • Publication number: 20140358206
    Abstract: It is an object of the invention to provide devices and methods for thermal treatment, e.g., cooling and heating, of body parts for purposes of alleviating discomfort, pain, stress and inflammation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Laurie Hirokane
  • 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: 8900170
    Abstract: A headliner is provided for controlling a temperature of a head of a patient. A cap is provided which fits securely over the head of the patient. A fluid pathway is routed through the cap with a fluid space adapted to receive heat transfer fluid therein and route the heat transfer fluid between an inlet and an outlet on the cap. The inlet and outlet are each coupled to a cooler for the heat transfer fluid and the heat transfer fluid is circulated through the cap and the cooler such that heat is drawn from the head of the patient. An air bladder is optionally provided outboard of the fluid space which is filled with pressurized gas to increase contact between the fluid space and the head of the patient. A neck brace is integrated with the cap portion of the headliner, particularly for treatment of head trauma.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: William Elkins
  • Publication number: 20140288624
    Abstract: A heating/cooling system facilitates heating and/or cooling a person's anatomy. In one implementation, the system comprises a mask, a strap extending from the mask to retain the mask against the anatomy; and at least one pocket behind the mask to receive a heating/cooling pack. In one implementation, the system comprises a soft and flexible head supported portion, a pocket on an inside surface of the head supported portion to be supported against a person's head and a cooling/heating packet removably received within the pocket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: The Plushy Family LLC
    Inventors: Laetitia Wasko, Antje McClellen
  • Publication number: 20140277303
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a flexible frame, a coupling portion, and an insulating portion. The flexible frame is configured to support a thermal therapeutic member and is transitioned between a first configuration and a second configuration to place the therapeutic member in substantially continuous contact with a target portion of the body. The coupling portion is coupled to the flexible frame and is transitioned from a first configuration to a second configuration to retain the flexible frame in its second configuration. The insulating portion is transitioned from a first configuration to a second configuration to be coupled to the flexible frame. The insulating portion at least partially controls a transfer of thermal energy between the thermal therapeutic member and the target portion of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Seth A. Biser
  • Patent number: 8794241
    Abstract: The invention concerns a relaxant device of the cervical spine muscles of a human being, consisting of counterweight (c) and relative support (10, 11, 12) on a skull, suitable to arrange the counterweights in the rear part of the skull, the counterweights being such as to substantially balance the weight of the skull with respect to the rotation fulcrum thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: NBS Suisse Sagl
    Inventor: Antonio Dal Monte
  • Patent number: 8784391
    Abstract: A therapeutic compress system for treatment of a body part. For treatment of the eye region, the compress system comprises a deformable frame that is disposable upon the eye region and includes a first frame section joined to a second frame section at a central bridge. A gel pack is removably joined to the frame and comprises a gelatinous material contained in a pouch. A V-strap assembly may be required for securing the gel pack and frame to the eye user in a manner that optimizes pressure of the gel pack on the eye region and comfort of the user. The compress system may include a gel impressor that is inwardly deformable so as to contact portions of the gel pack with the nasal corners of the eyes of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Seth Biser
  • Publication number: 20140200637
    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: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: 3Eye, LLC
    Inventors: Walter G. Larsen, Michael J. Adler
  • Patent number: 8771327
    Abstract: A device for stimulating hair growth applied to a user's scalp. The device includes a housing. A plurality of light emitting diodes coupled to the housing operable to emit non-coherent light, the non-coherent light having at least two intensity peaks. A plurality of pairs of teeth extending from the housing, wherein the plurality of light emitting diodes are disposed between each pair of teeth; and wherein each of the plurality of pairs of teeth parts the user's hair to expose the scalp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Lexington LaserComb IPAG
    Inventors: Henry Pearl, David Michael Sinofsky
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140163653
    Abstract: An epidermis enhancing assembly that enhances the epidermis through a multi-step cleansing process that cleanses the epidermal area without excessive drying. A control portion regulates the distribution of liquids and electrical functions of the assembly. The control portion includes a heated liquid container, a cool liquid container, and a reservoir. Pumps disperse a heated liquid onto the epidermis for initial cleaning and opening of the pores. A carrier portion transports the liquids to and from the control portion. An epidermal engagement device joins with the carrier portion, and serves to engage the epidermis with bristles. The bristles vibrate in a manner efficacious for manipulating the pores and the epidermis. The pumps then force a cool liquid onto the epidermis for closing the pores and further cleansing. A vacuum then sucks the liquids back to the assembly after cleansing is complete.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: Steven Cano
  • Publication number: 20140142667
    Abstract: An eye compress kit includes a thermally adjustable gel pack, a strap and at least one moistened, disposable fibrous non-woven fabric sheet. The thermally adjustable gel pack is configured to be applied against an eye region of a user's body. The gel pack includes a casing that defines a chamber holding a thermally activatable gelatinous substance. The strap is configured to secure the gel pack against the user's eye region and to exert compressive forces to the gel pack. The at least one moistened, disposable fibrous non-woven fabric sheet is adapted to be positioned between the gel pack and the user's eye region wherein the fabric sheet is removable from the outer surface of the gel pack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventor: Seth A. Biser
  • Patent number: 8728139
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and related methods for electric fields delivery for preferential destruction of cancerous cells and tissue ablation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignees: LaZure Technologies, LLC, LaZure Scientific, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry Azure, Charles E. Hill, Andrew L. Azure