With Support Or Fastening Means Patents (Class 607/112)
  • Patent number: 8262631
    Abstract: A therapeutic device includes an elastomeric outer shell configured as a human hand and defining an interior area, the outer shell having a finger end opposite a wrist end. The device includes a pocket in the interior area, the pocket being defined by an inner wall. An endplate is coupled to the outer shell and coupled to the inner wall to define a closed area between the outer shell and pocket, the endplate having an opening for allowing access to the pocket. A fill material is positioned in the closed area. The device includes a vibrating unit removably positioned in the pocket through the endplate opening, the vibrating unit having a lock complementary to a catch to couple the vibrating unit to the endplate, the vibrating unit having a vibrating motor in electrical communication with a power source and a switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventor: Rebecca Wilson Macsovits
  • Patent number: 8262601
    Abstract: An emergency helmet trauma bandage and method of use, which, when applied, applies minimal pressure to stop bleeding, doesn't compromise cervical spine immobilization, allows for fast and effective application of ice/cold packs to control intracranial/internal swelling, doesn't come apart during treatment and transport, and doesn't require a caregiver to re-wrap the dressing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventors: Michelle Cumming, Mitchell Kastros
  • Patent number: 8262717
    Abstract: A device and associated method for providing vestibular stimulation to an individual includes active elements positioned on or proximate an ear insert. The active elements include but are not limited to at least one electrode, at least one thermometer, and at least one thermoelectric transducer. The device includes a computerized control module regulating the active elements. The device incorporates an ear insert that allows the active elements to engage the individual's ear canal and therefore access the individual's vestibular system. Vestibular stimulation applied to the individual is customized for directly stimulating desired regions of the brain for therapeutic or diagnostic purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Scion Neurostim, LLC.
    Inventors: Lesco L. Rogers, Lanty L. Smith
  • Patent number: 8265772
    Abstract: A therapeutic microwave system comprises a support unit having two or more separable segments; a microwave power assembly positioned between two separated segments of the support unit and including two or more microwave power supply devices; position adjustment componentry; and a central processing unit. The system may further include a temperature sensor for monitoring a treated subject's exhaled air temperature in real time and adjusting microwave irradiation accordingly, and a cooling device for controlling the patient's brain temperature during treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventor: Joel Fallik
  • Patent number: 8261734
    Abstract: A heat generating body including a a moldable heat generating composition containing surplus water as a connecting substance interposed and heat sealed between packaging materials, which is characterized in that the packaging materials are each constituted of a substrate and a covering material; that the substrate is substantially planar and does not have an accommodating pocket; that the packaging materials each has a bending resistance of not more than 100 mm; that the packaging materials are each a non-elastic body at least at a temperature between 25° C. and 60° C., has a breaking strength of 500 g/mm2 or more at 25° C. and has a breaking elongation of 30% or more at 90° C. The heat generating body is suitable for relaxation of symptoms of menstrual pain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Mycoal Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshihiro Dodo
  • Patent number: 8257416
    Abstract: According to various aspects, exemplary embodiments are provided of therapeutic devices and methods for applying therapy. In one exemplary embodiment, a therapeutic device generally includes one or more light sources for emitting therapeutic light. In some embodiments, the therapeutic device can also include means for applying hot therapy and/or cold therapy to a user's body when the therapeutic device is applied to the user's body. As other examples, various embodiments of therapeutic devices can include massagers and/or adhesive bandage strips for attaching the lighted therapeutic device to the user's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Inventor: Carl R. VanderSchuit
  • Publication number: 20120221083
    Abstract: A treatment system utilizing cryolipolysis to reduce subcutaneous lipid-rich areas by removing heat from the subcutaneous lipid-rich area, thereby affecting lipid-rich cells of the subcutaneous lipid-rich areas having an applicator having a cavity, and a retention mechanism, and a cooling member, where the cavity contains the cooling member, and the retention mechanism secures the applicator to a target area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventor: Meliza Cruzada
  • Publication number: 20120209362
    Abstract: Therapy apparatus and method for use on, among others, human infants. In one embodiment, the apparatus provides apryrogenic enhancement of body heat production by external application of heated rubefacient herbs and seeds of the botanical family Crucifererae, in an elastic breathable and flexible fabric belt. Heating of the herbal belt in a microwave of other facility produces radiant heat, which when the apparatus is placed around the abdominal wall of an infant's body, provides therapy. A balance of enhanced body heat combined with the body's dissipation of heat creates a steady warming of the abdomen in conjunction with the relaxing olfactory effects of the herbal scents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventor: Nanette Meneses
  • Publication number: 20120209361
    Abstract: A cold therapy apparatus, a cold therapy system and a method of using a cold therapy apparatus, including a method for lowering the body temperature in a subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: TALUS RESEARCH + DESIGN, LLC
    Inventors: Warren Mauter, Ray F. Paschal, Nancy G. Paschal, Eric R. Kelso, David D. Mabe, J. David Stienmier
  • Patent number: 8236038
    Abstract: A method and device for treating neurological disorders involving the application of noninvasive, regional brain thermal stimulation to a region of a patient's head associated with a subject neurological disorder. The brain thermal stimulation method and device alters the brain function in the region of the brain underlying the region of the patient's head to which the brain cooling is applied. The method can also include the steps of adjusting the temperature and timing of the thermal stimulation process to optimize the impact on the subject disorder. The brain thermal stimulation device is comprised of a localized means for cooling or warming a desired region of a patient's brain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: University of Pittsburgh-Of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education
    Inventor: Eric A. Nofzinger
  • Publication number: 20120191035
    Abstract: A treatment pad for applying heat, cooling or an antiseptic fluid to a subject's body surface incorporates a heat transfer member or a wound treatment member that is adapted to be held in place by application of a vacuum pressure. The heat transfer member may comprise an electrical resistance wire arranged in a serpentine pattern within a housing or, alternatively, may comprise interconnected heat transmissive tubing through which either a heated or a cooled fluid may be made to pass. Alternatively, the pad may contain a gel that can be cooled in a refrigerator or heated in a microwave oven and held in place on the subject's body by application of a vacuum to the assembly. The wound treatment member may comprise a gaseous antiseptic delivery pad held in place on the patient's body by use of a vacuum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventor: Scott Stephan
  • Patent number: 8226698
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a therapeutic cranial wrap for use with a thermal contrast therapy systems and methods for providing a temperature regulated fluid. The cranial wrap includes an active thermal exchange bladder and an active compression bladder, adapted to fit the cranial therapy site. The thermal exchange bladder may be coupled to the thermal contrast therapy system. The compression bladder may compress the therapy site. In some embodiments, the compressive bladder may be integrated into the thermal exchange bladder, or may be omitted. The cranial wrap also includes a contoured shell, known as a hood shaped therapy pad, which is adapted to snugly fit the cranial therapy site and provide neck support. Adjustable straps, including at least one strap that circumvents the cranium, secure the cranial wrap in a fitted position adjacent the therapy site. The cranial wrap couples to the thermal contrast therapy system which includes a hot and cold fluid reservoir, a mixing valve, and a fluid pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: VitalWear, Inc.
    Inventors: Howard Edelman, Elena Mednikoff, Daqing Liu
  • Patent number: 8216291
    Abstract: A therapeutic apparatus for providing therapeutic benefits to an immersed body part due to contact with a heated or unheated homogenous medium. The therapeutic apparatus includes at least two vibration generators for generating two waveforms at two distinct areas of the vibratory vessel, where the two waveforms are converging on each other and combined together to create a constructive and destructive pulse waveform having a larger constructive amplitude than the amplitude of the original wave and a smaller destructive amplitude than the amplitude of the original wave for providing a constructive and destructive pulse wave massaging effect to the body part of the user immersed within the homogenous medium contained within the vibratory vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventors: Robert D. Leventhal, Paul B. Thomas
  • Publication number: 20120171930
    Abstract: A therapeutic bra having a first cup connected to a first strap and a second cup connected to a second strap where the first strap is further connected to a backing material and the second strap is further connected to the backing material so that a first piece of material forms a first pocket with a portion of the first cup's material in specific physical symmetry with a location of a surgical injury on a first breast of a patient. Similarly, a second piece of material forms a second pocket with a portion of the second cup's material in specific physical symmetry with a location of a surgical injury on a second breast of a patient. The first and second cups' pockets mimic the shapes of injuries sustained on the respective breasts that they support. Cold, hot and or hot-cold gel packs are insert into the pockets for therapeutic purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventor: Allison Kaufman
  • Publication number: 20120165909
    Abstract: A therapeutic wrap includes a plurality of substantially rectangular chambers configured to receive a first amount of a thermoconductive material, and a plurality of substantially square chambers coupled to at least one of the substantially rectangular chambers, the square chambers configured to receive a second amount of a thermoconductive material. The substantially rectangular chambers and the substantially square chambers collectively define a substantially rectangular apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Inventor: Karen Koudelka
  • Publication number: 20120165910
    Abstract: A novel cold compress designed for use as a cooling medium. The cold compress comprises a flexible bag having a plurality of spheres. Each sphere contains a heat transfer fluid. As the bag is cooled or frozen, each sphere and the fluid they contain become cool or frozen. The bag is then placed on a body part of the patient who is recovering from surgery or injury. The small spheres allow maximum surface contact with the body part. This allows maximum and efficient heat transfer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Inventors: Ramsey Joe CHOUCAIR, Scott Emil COLERIDGE, Janet Lynn MARIANI
  • Publication number: 20120143295
    Abstract: A band that employs low voltage resistance wire (11) to provide heat for the purpose of relieving the pain and discomfort caused by menstrual cramps. It is wrapped around the hip/lower abdominal area of the body and velcro (1, 2) is used to hold it in place. In addition to the velcro, elastic materials (7) enable the abdominal heat band to have an adjustable size so that it is able to fit both large and small individuals. Elastic also helps provide a snug fit allowing the user to effectively conceal the band beneath their clothing if desired. A remote control (3), which also houses the battery, controls the power and intensity of the heat. The remote is detachable from the band which allows the band to be washed without risk of getting the remote control wet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Inventor: Brad Lee St. John Moore
  • Patent number: 8192476
    Abstract: A garment for therapeutic comfort to women experiencing breast discomfort. The garment including an inner side having a first vertical side adjacent a second vertical side. A first layer is attached to the first vertical side and to the second vertical side such that each first layer is disposed over a breast region of the wearer. A first chamber for receiving hot or warm therapy is defined between each first layer and the inner side. A first opening to access the first chamber is defined between first and second ends of the first layer. A side opening in communication with the first chamber can further be disposed between the first layer and the inner side. A second layer is attached to each of the first layers such that each second layer is disposed over the nipple area of the wearer. A second chamber is defined between the first and second layers. A second opening to access the second chamber is defined between first and second ends of the second layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Inventor: Angela Scheberle
  • Patent number: 8192474
    Abstract: Methods are provided herein for affecting a region of a subject's body, comprising exposing the region to a cooling element under conditions effective to cool subcutaneous adipose tissue in said region; and increasing the blood flow rate to the cooled tissue by exposing the tissue to an energy source. Methods are also provided for treating subcutaneous adipose tissue in a region of a subject's body, comprising exposing said region to a cooling element under conditions effective to cool said tissue; and exposing the tissue to an energy source to increase the blood flow rate to the cooled tissue, thereby stimulating reperfusion in, and/or causing an ischemia-reperfusion injury to, the cooled tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc.
    Inventor: Mitchell Levinson
  • Publication number: 20120124717
    Abstract: Sock structure that is especially useful in applying a cold pack to a cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy treatment, and a method of applying a cold pack to a wearer (e.g. a cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy treatment), using the sock structure. The sock structure comprises a sock body that includes (i) a foot portion configured to cover substantially all of the wearer's foot, (ii) a leg portion configured to cover a portion of the wearer's ankle and leg, and (iii) a turned heel that provides an angular (turned) junction between the foot and leg portions. Moreover, the sock structure comprises a pocket integral with the sock body and located along predetermined portions of the bottom of the foot portion and the turned heel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventor: Lenora Austin
  • Patent number: 8182520
    Abstract: Apparatus for altering the body temperature of a patient includes an enclosure defining an interior space for receiving at least a portion of a patient's body therein. The enclosure is constructed to conduct a heat transfer liquid into direct contact with the portion of the patient's body received in the interior space to promote heat transfer between the patient's body and the heat transfer liquid. A reservoir for holding a supply of heat transfer liquid is disposed on the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Life Recovery Systems HD, LLC
    Inventors: Robert B. Schock, Marc Cote, William J. Ohley
  • Publication number: 20120116488
    Abstract: A warming device includes a clinical garment having an inside surface supporting one or more convective apparatuses disposed to warm a patient perioperatively. The warming device may include an upper body convective apparatus supported on the inside of the clinical garment between its sleeves. The construction of the upper body convective apparatus includes pulling elements that draw folded components of the apparatus from sleeves of the clinical garment when pulled. The warming device may include a multi-section convective apparatus disposed longitudinally in a lower portion of the clinical garment and having separately inflatable sections, each for enabling a particular mode of warming. The construction of the multi-section convective apparatus includes a therapeutic warming section with an inlet port positioned for convenient and safe access when the lower portion of the warming device is disposed to drape over the lower limbs of a person while the therapeutic warming section is being operated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: Arizant Healthcare Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas P. Anderson, Carol J. Panser
  • Patent number: 8172888
    Abstract: A thermal pack having a bent lip uniformly disposed away from a skin side of the thermal pack. The thermal pack of the present invention eliminates discomfort associated with prior art thermal packs by providing a lip that bends up and away from the skin, thereby avoiding or minimizing contact with the skin and limiting irritation. The pack is preferably provided with an insulated wrap 90 that can be attached to the pack, such as by a hook-and-loop fastener. The wrap will aid in placement of the device upon the user, as well as extend the benefits of the thermal medium. The wrap is conventionally formed of a thermoplastic material commonly used in packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Inventors: Stephen Michael Beavers, Jed Cowell
  • Patent number: 8167924
    Abstract: A therapeutic garment includes a brassiere having opposed first and second shoulder straps formed with opposed first and second breast-receiving cups, respectively, each having an outer surface. A reusable gel pack for heat or cold therapy is suspended from the first and second shoulder straps, extends downwardly from the first and second shoulder straps to the first and second breast-receiving cups, and overlies and extends across the outer surfaces of the first and second breast-receiving cups to provide heat or cold therapy to the first and second breast-receiving cups at the outer surface of each of the first and second breast-receiving cups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Inventor: Molly M. Rosenbaum
  • Patent number: 8147533
    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: October 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: MMJ Labs, LLC
    Inventors: Amy L. Baxter, Louis A. Calderon
  • Patent number: 8137392
    Abstract: A chemically-activated conformable thermal device that generates heat upon activation is provided. The thermal device typically contains an oxidizable metal that is capable of undergoing an exothermic reaction in the presence of moisture and air to generate heat. Although such metals, as well as other components of the composition (e.g., carbon), are relatively inflexible and stiff, the present inventors have nevertheless discovered that one or more conformable segments may be employed to impart flexibility and conformability to the thermal device. The conformable segments are malleable so that they yield under shear stress and acquire the shape of a surface (e.g., body part) without rupturing. The conformable segments are likewise stiff or hard enough to substantially retain the desired shape during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Friedensohn, Nefetari Bordain Murph, Roger Bradshaw Quincy, III, Karen McKenzie
  • Patent number: 8133264
    Abstract: A therapeutic heating sleeve (10) consisting of a laminate pad (20) with an exterior cover (22), a batting (24), a polyester lining (26), a heating wire (28) and an interior lining (30) having a hook and loop fastener (32) that is attached on the exterior cover (22) and the interior lining (30). The laminate pad (20) has a lower portion that is in the shape of a human arm and an upper portion that is in the shape of a human shoulder. The heating sleeve (10) is completed by overlapping the pad's right side onto the pad's left side and attaching the two sides with the hook and loop fastener (32), thereby forming an open-ended sleeve. An electrical control is removably attached to the laminate pad (20) for applying electrical energy to the heating wire (28), thereby creating heat for baseball pitchers to warm up their arm and shoulder prior to pitching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventor: Ronald P. LaFontaine
  • Patent number: 8128675
    Abstract: Cooling apparatus (and method) for reducing the risk of, and/or alleviating, male infertility, particularly in a heated environment, includes: a pouch to enclose the scrotal area of the male user; a thermoelectric cooling device to be worn by the male user at a distance from the pouch; and a fluid pump also to be worn by the male user for pumping a cooling fluid from the cold side of the thermoelectric cooling device to the pouch, and a cooling fluid over the hot side of the thermoelectric cooling device to dissipate the heat generated therein to the atmosphere. The thermoelectric cooling device and pump are incorporated in a waistband to be worn around the waist of the male user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Inventor: Fathallah Nahhas
  • Publication number: 20120053546
    Abstract: A feminine cooling pad is configured for use in cooling a woman's vulva and/or adjacent region. The cooling pad may be configured for single use and be disposable so as to include a liquid permeable layer configured to be oriented toward a user's skin during use. A liquid absorbent layer is adjacent to the liquid permeable layer and configured to absorb bodily fluids or discharges during use. A cooling layer is adjacent to the liquid absorbent layer and configured to provide a cooling effect for a period of time of at least about 15 minutes when the cooling pad is placed against a user's skin. An adhesive layer is adjacent to the cooling layer and adheres the feminine cooling pad to a user's undergarment during use and maintains the cooling pad in a desired orientation relative to the user's body. A feminine heating pad may be provided by including a microwavable material that becomes warm or hot when placed in a microwave oven.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Inventors: Michelle Fogg, John Guynn
  • Patent number: 8123790
    Abstract: A clinical garment having a lower hem and sleeves includes permeable surfaces inside near peripheral portions, a duct in communication with the permeable surfaces, and at least one inlet port opening into the duct. When worn by a patient, the permeable surfaces are positioned adjacent the patient's limbs. Warmed pressurized air may be introduced into the duct and conducted to the permeable surfaces. The warmed pressurized air circulates through the permeable surfaces to warm the adjacent limbs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Arizant Healthcare Inc.
    Inventor: Mark T. Bieberich
  • Patent number: 8123792
    Abstract: A perioperative warming device includes a clinical garment having an inside surface supporting a convective apparatus with stacked sections. One section of the convective apparatus is adapted to provide comfort warming by convection. Another section of the convective apparatus is adapted to provide therapeutic warming by convection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Arizant Healthcare Inc.
    Inventor: Mark T. Bieberich
  • Patent number: 8123791
    Abstract: A patch for facilitating blood circulation, including a warmer, a powder-containing bag and a base sheet. The warmer includes iron powder for generating heat oxidized by oxygen in the air and an oxidization regulatory agent enclosed in a flat, air permeable bag. The outer shape of the bag is larger than that of the warmer, and contains powder including components contained in bamboo vinegar or wood vinegar. The outer shape of a base sheet is larger than that of the bag, and the base sheet has an air ventilation hole at a central portion. An adhesive layer is formed on the surface of one side of the base sheet. The warmer and the powder-containing bag are sequentially adhered onto the adhesive layer to cover the air ventilation hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Nakamura Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shunsuke Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20120046717
    Abstract: A medical treatment apparatus applies heat to the skin so that the skin may be gradually collapsed without incision and thereby a tumor mass beneath the skin may be exposed to the outside and allowed to be removed. This apparatus includes a cup-like container, oil, and a wick. The container is placed on the first part of the skin that covers a target tumor, and has a vertically penetrated cylindrical shape. The oil is contained in the container and is in contact with the first part of the skin. The wick is placed in the oil so as to catch flame. The temperature of the oil gradually rises while the flame lives on the wick, so heat is continuously applied to the first part of the skin from the oil. This apparatus may further include at least one of a cooling unit and a cooling water pipe placed at an outside of the container, enclosing the container, being in contact with the second part of the skin that is located at the outside of the container, and cooling the second part of the skin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Inventor: Bok Won JUNG
  • Patent number: 8109894
    Abstract: A catheter is adapted to exchange heat with a body fluid, such as blood, flowing in a body conduit, such as a blood vessel. The catheter includes a shaft with a heat exchange region disposed at its distal end. This region may include hollow fibers which are adapted to receive a remotely cooled heat exchange fluid preferably flowing in a direction counter to that of the body fluid. The hollow fibers enhance the surface area of contact, as well as the mixing of both the heat exchange fluid and the body fluid. The catheter can be positioned to produce hypothermia in a selective area of the body or alternatively positioned to systemically cool the entire body system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignees: Zoll Circulation, Inc., The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Wayne A. Noda, Mike L. Jones, Scott M. Evans, Blair D. Walker, William J. Worthen, Yves Pierre Gobin
  • Patent number: 8105263
    Abstract: A catheter is adapted to exchange heat with a body fluid, such as blood, flowing in a body conduit, such as a blood vessel. The catheter includes a shaft with a heat exchange region disposed at its distal end. This region may include hollow fibers which are adapted to receive a remotely cooled heat exchange fluid preferably flowing in a direction counter to that of the body fluid. The hollow fibers enhance the surface area of contact, as well as the mixing of both the heat exchange fluid and the body fluid. The catheter can be positioned to produce hypothermia in a selective area of the body or alternatively positioned to systemically cool the entire body system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignees: Zoll Circulation, Inc., The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Wayne A. Noda, Mike L. Jones, Scott M. Evans, Blair D. Walker, William J. Worthen, Yves Pierre Gobin
  • Patent number: 8105262
    Abstract: A catheter is adapted to exchange heat with a body fluid, such as blood, flowing in a body conduit, such as a blood vessel. The catheter includes a shaft with a heat exchange region disposed at its distal end. This region may include hollow fibers which are adapted to receive a remotely cooled heat exchange fluid preferably flowing in a direction counter to that of the body fluid. The hollow fibers enhance the surface area of contact, as well as the mixing of both the heat exchange fluid and the body fluid. The catheter can be positioned to produce hypothermia in a selective area of the body or alternatively positioned to systemically cool the entire body system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignees: Zoll Circulation, Inc., The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Wayne A. Noda, Mike L. Jones, Scott M. Evans, Blair D. Walker, William J. Worthen, Yves Pierre Gobin
  • Patent number: 8105371
    Abstract: A vest has a front, a back, a left side, a right side, and top and bottom edges. A plurality of fixed coupling strips is secured to the vest in pairs. The strips of each pair are vertically oriented and spaced apart. The fixed coupling strips include long front and back pairs and short side pairs. A plurality of similarly configured envelopes is provided. A pair of repositionable coupling strips are secured to each envelope in a horizontal orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Inventor: Francis J. Giocondo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8105264
    Abstract: A catheter is adapted to exchange heat with a body fluid, such as blood, flowing in a body conduit, such as a blood vessel. The catheter includes a shaft with a heat exchange region disposed at its distal end. This region may include hollow fibers which are adapted to receive a remotely cooled heat exchange fluid preferably flowing in a direction counter to that of the body fluid. The hollow fibers enhance the surface area of contact, as well as the mixing of both the heat exchange fluid and the body fluid. The catheter can be positioned to produce hypothermia in a selective area of the body or alternatively positioned to systemically cool the entire body system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignees: Zoll Circulation, Inc., The Regents of the University of Califonia
    Inventors: Wayne A. Noda, Mike L. Jones, Scott M. Evans, Blair D. Walker, William J. Worchen, Yves Pierre Gobin
  • Publication number: 20110313498
    Abstract: An in-ear stimulator for administering thermal stimulation to the ear canal of a subject includes (a) an earpiece configured to be insertable into the ear canal of said subject, the earpiece having an outer surface and an internal cavity formed therein, the internal cavity having an inner surface; and (b) at least one thermoelectric device thermally coupled to the earpiece internal cavity inner surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Inventors: Lesco L. Rogers, Lanty L. Smith
  • Publication number: 20110307040
    Abstract: A manufacture for placement against a target site includes a bag containing a bag filling. The bag has an inner surface and an outer surface. The bag filling is in contact with the inner surface. A hydrogel layer adheres to a first portion of the outer surface of the bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Inventor: Samuel Brian Peterson
  • Patent number: 8070788
    Abstract: A hot pad assembly for pedicure comprises a hot pad comprising means for absorbing heat and releasing heat over a period of time, a hot pad attachment means to secure the hot pad around the knee, a hot pad cover shaped to fit and cover the hot pad having a plurality of means for securing the hot pad assembly around the shin and calf, and a leg cover for being placed between the leg and the pad cover having the hot pad therein. A beauty product is applied to the leg and the leg cover encloses the product and the leg together to improve the effectiveness of the beauty care product with the help of heat transfer from the hot pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Inventor: Jonathan Kim
  • Publication number: 20110245901
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an ice pack including a main body. A center of the main body is a bag fixing part and two ends of the bag fixing part are extended respectively with a first fastener and a second fastener which can be connected and fixed together. The bag fixing part is connected and fixed to a bag through a hook and loop fastener, an interior of the bag is filled with refrigerant and a side of the bag is provided with a hook and loop fastener, allowing the bag to be fixed on the main body. On the other hand, the other side of the bag is extended and protruded with positioning parts which are fixed at two sides of a user's nose bridge, and the bag is stably put on a forehead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventors: Mei-Jiao Huang, Zheng-Yao Lin
  • Publication number: 20110245735
    Abstract: A technique for detecting and providing alerts or indications that can be used for controlling or altering the displacement speed of an applicator coupling skin heating energy across a treated skin. A temperature sensor monitors the rate of skin temperature change and provides feedback related to altering the applicator displacement speed according to the rate of skin temperature change. Disclosed is also an applicator for implementing this method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventors: Shimon Eckhouse, Lion Flyash, Boris Vaynberg
  • Publication number: 20110219520
    Abstract: The new features that my invention consist of on biker shorts is a (7?/13?) inside support hip pocket that will allow a (4?/10?) ice or heat pack be inserted on the left or right hip inside the biker shorts, that will be fasten by a 4½?/?? Velcro strap. With this added dimension to biker shorts will give an individual an option to apply an ice or heat pack at their convenience or in the comfort of their home, work, gym etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventor: Edward J. Roland
  • Publication number: 20110224762
    Abstract: A therapeutic system for securing a hot or cold source to a body is disclosed herein. An elastic sleeve designed to enclose a portion of a body part includes one or more hook and loop fasteners. A hot or cold source with corresponding hook and loop fasteners is then secured to the one or more hook and loop fasteners of the elastic sleeve. A portion of the elastic sleeve is then folded back over itself and the hot or cold source to comfortably secure it to a desired body part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventors: Thomas L. Gruber, Kathleen Finn
  • Patent number: 8016868
    Abstract: A heat patch and method for providing therapy to a body. The heat patch includes a reflective layer and a heat source that is attached to the reflective layer. The reflective layer reflects infrared energy emitted by the body back into the body while the heat source applies heat to the body. The combination of supplying heat and reflecting infrared energy provides effective therapy to people with relatively deep tissue injuries. In another aspect, the heat patch includes an enclosure made from a gas-permeable layer and a reflective layer attached to the gas-permeable layer. A heating composition is sealed inside the enclosure to generate heat when a gas (e.g., air) is received through the gas-permeable layer. The heat generated by the heating composition is easily controlled such that heat patch can be maintained at a temperature well above ambient temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Ricky W. Purcell
  • Publication number: 20110218601
    Abstract: The present invention provides a skin patch laminate body, comprising a skin patch body including a base layer and a skin adhesive layer being formed on one surface of the base layer for being directly applied to the skin and a heat imparting body including an exothermic agent and an exothermic agent-accommodating layer that accommodates the exothermic agent therein, wherein the exothermic agent-accommodating layer on one surface of the heat imparting body, and the other surface of the base layer of the skin patch body are attached to each other via a peelable adhesive layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Inventor: Hitoshi Uchiyama
  • Patent number: 7998183
    Abstract: A heat generating body wherein three or more plural sectional exothermic parts are provided at intervals via a sectioned part which is a heat seal part. The sectional exothermic parts have a heat generating composition capable of causing heat generation upon contact with oxygen in air and are at least constituted of three kinds of a low temperature sectional exothermic part, a middle temperature sectional exothermic part and a high temperature sectional exothermic part. A maximum temperature of the high temperature sectional exothermic part is higher than a maximum temperature of the low temperature sectional exothermic part. A maximum temperature of the middle temperature sectional exothermic part is between a maximum temperature of the high temperature sectional exothermic part and a maximum temperature of the low temperature sectional exothermic part. The middle temperature sectional exothermic part is constituted of plural sectional exothermic parts having a different maximum temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Mycoal Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshihiro Dodo
  • Publication number: 20110196458
    Abstract: A therapy garment is provided for providing temperature or pressure therapy to a user. The therapy garment may comprise a main body member, a pair of leg sections, and at least one pocket and may be adapted to be worn by the user so that the pockets align with the region of the user's body that is to receive therapy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Inventor: LARRY T. BRATCHER, JR.
  • Publication number: 20110190856
    Abstract: A garment for treating white and brown fat areas on a human body employs a wearable garment with pockets for holding cooling inserts in positions to cool fat of a wearer. The pockets are configured at predetermined locations on a wearable garment adjacent to areas of the body having white adipose tissue (fatty deposits) to be treated by cooling. The pockets receive cooling inserts that stimulate brown adipose tissue to consume the fatty deposits. Preferably, the wearable garment is a high-waisted pair of shorts made with elastic material. The pockets are preferably located on the thighs, buttocks, stomach, hips, waist and lower back of a wearer, where fat is often a problem.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Applicant: FreezeAwayFat LLC
    Inventors: Jamie T. Burke, Lark T. MacPhail