Head-supported Patents (Class 607/139)
  • Patent number: 10773080
    Abstract: A system and method for the acute non-invasive treatment of a migraine attack. The system includes at least one skin electrode for placement on the forehead of a patient, and is configured to provide consecutive biphasic electrical pulses via the at least one skin electrode to the supratrochlear and supraorbital nerves of the ophthalmic branch of the trigeminal nerve during a prolonged time span which may be for at least 10 minutes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: CEFALY TECHNOLOGY SPRL
    Inventor: Pierre Rigaux
  • Patent number: 10248202
    Abstract: A video display apparatus includes a display configured to reproduce a video, a processor configured to generate a signal for applying an electrical stimulus to a user, based on a motion depicted in the video, and a communication unit configured to transmit the signal to an electrical stimulation apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyun-ki Jung, Hyun-ki Kim, Jae-min Moon, Chi-yul Yoon, Sang-min Lee, Seong-hyun Jang
  • Patent number: 10172526
    Abstract: The system and method of the present application includes a physiological sensor and a motion sensor connected to a patient. The physiological sensor detects patient connection to the sensor and collects a physiological signal while connected. When the physiological sensor is disconnected, the motion sensor data is analyzed. Patterns of sensor connection and patient movement typical for nurse initiated removal compared to accidental or patient initiated removals are created. The alarm protocol may be modified if the disconnection is due to patient movement. The detected movement patterns may include movement measurements that are close to the sensor that detects how the actual disconnection happens, or general movement information for the patient such as whether the patient has been still or has moved before the sensor gets disconnected. By using this information to classify the reason of the sensor removal, a more relevant alarm may be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kimmo Henrik Uutela, Matti Veli Tapani Huiku, Emma Elina Ikonen
  • Patent number: 10076279
    Abstract: An EEG headset including an amplifier assembly, a headband assembly formed of a right and a left headband arm and an amplifier platform, a right and left lateral support assembly, at least one hinge assembly connecting at least one of the right or left lateral support assemblies to at least one of the right or left curved arms, and at least one EEG electrode assembly formed of a lead and an electrode. The electrode is in electrical communication with the amplifier assembly via electrical connections within the headset assembly and one of the right and left lateral support assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Neba Health, LLC
    Inventor: Altan Nahum
  • Patent number: 9744359
    Abstract: Methods and devices for verifying that proper visual stimulation is applied to the visual prostheses are described. In one of the methods, a visual stimulation system implanted on a subject is simulated externally. An external testing device is also discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Second Sight Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Neha Vyas, Robert J. Greenberg, Arup Roy, Donald Webber, Richard Agustin Castro, John Reinhold, Kelly McClure
  • Patent number: 9713712
    Abstract: A system for electrically stimulating a user comprising: a first housing portion defining an array of openings; an array of permeable bodies with portions exposed through the array of openings and wetted with a solution that facilitates electrical coupling between the system and a body region of the user, wherein each permeable body has a cavity at a proximal portion and a distal portion and is configured to transmit the solution to the body region of the user; a substrate region defining an array of protrusions configured to support the array of permeable bodies and composed of a conductive polymer; and a set of conductors in communication with the substrate region and including a first conductor that provides a first subset of the array of permeable bodies with a first polarity and a second conductor that provides a second subset of the array of permeable bodies with a second polarity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Halo Neuro, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Wingeier, Tal Bar-Or, Colin Davis, Victoria Hammett, Randall Lin
  • Patent number: 9532748
    Abstract: With explosive penetration of portable electronic devices (PEDs) recent focus into consumer EEG devices has been to bring advantages including localized wireless interfacing, portability, and a low-cost high-performance electronics platform to host the processing algorithms to bear. However, most development continues to focus on brain-controlled video games which are nearly identical to those created for earlier, more stationary consumer EEG devices and personal EEG is treated as of a novelty or toy. According to embodiments of the invention the inventors have established new technologies and solutions that address these limitations within the prior art and provide benefits including, but not limited to, global acquisition and storage of acquired EEG data and processed EEG data, development interfaces for expansion and re-analysis of acquired EEG data, integration to other non-EEG derived user data, and long-term user wearability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Personal Neuro Devices Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Denison, Andrew Stephen Faulkner, Tony Gaitatzis, Arwen Moore, Chad Veinotte, Bruno Daoust, Elliott Alfred Loh
  • Patent number: 9433773
    Abstract: A cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) device includes a head support, a control unit configured to provide a stimulating current, and a primary arm module. The primary arm module includes a primary arm and an electrode unit. The primary arm is pivotally connected to the head support and is longitudinally extendible. The electrode unit is disposed at the primary arm and includes an electrode that is electrically coupled to the control unit and that forms a path for transmission of the stimulating current to a stimulating point of a subject when the electrode is placed in direct contact with the stimulating point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Contour Optik Inc.
    Inventors: David Chao, Chien-Ho Lin, Yung-Chang Chang
  • Patent number: 9278208
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for a deep brain stimulation device using miniaturized components that allow integration with the implanted probe, and includes a skull-sited housing having all the controls and battery power supply for sensing events and generating and transmitting pulses in response to the sensed event. A processor based controller with memory within the skull-sited housing for executing monitoring instructions for sensing initiation of an unwanted electro-physiologically signaled event and recording the event in memory and triggering instructions for activating the stimulator to generate and record a treatment pulse in response to the sensed event and an interface between the processor based controller and a treatment provider for downloading the recorded event and treatment response and modifying the monitoring and triggering sets of instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard D. Gilson, Nizam Razack
  • Patent number: 9179850
    Abstract: A form of neuromodulation is conveyed from an external source to an interior of the skull to modulate neural activity. One or more apertures are formed through or partially through the skull to provide an interface for neuromodulation delivery. Parameters of one or more states of the brain may be sensed through an interface formed with one or more apertures extending all or part of the way through the skull. A device provides an interface between the exterior of the skull and the brain that includes a channel of a length sufficient to traverse the entire thickness of the skull or at least a part of the thickness of the skull. The channels may be configured for ion conduction of electrical signals, enabling DC or near DC stimulation of target neurons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: NeuroPace, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Wingeier, Benjamin Pless
  • Patent number: 9101756
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a burr hole plug assembly offer significant improvements for allowing lead and/or cannula access through a burr hole drilled through a patient's skull in connection with a Deep Brain Stimulation system, and subsequent sealing of such burr hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Anne M Pianca, Carla M Mann, Tom Xiaohai He, Michael Dogali
  • Patent number: 9058473
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for authentication and identification of a user by use of an electroencephalographic (EEG) signal. For example, a method for authenticating a user includes the following steps. At least one electroencephalographic response is obtained from a user in accordance with perceptory stimuli presented to the user. The user is authenticated based on the obtained electroencephalographic response. The authenticating step may be based on detection of an event-related potential in the obtained electroencephalographic response. The event-related potential may be a P300 event-related potential. The method may also include the step of enrolling the user prior to authenticating the user. The enrolling step may include a supervised enrollment procedure or an unsupervised enrollment procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jiri Navratil, Bhuvana Ramabhadran
  • Publication number: 20150148713
    Abstract: An apparatus for interfacing between tissues being stimulated is provided. The apparatus includes an electric source capable of generating an applied electric field across a region of tissue and/or a means for altering at least one electromagnetic characteristic of the region of tissue relative to the applied electric field and an interface component, such interface component creating an interface between the region of tissue and the applied electric field or the means for altering at least one electromagnetic characteristic of the region of tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Timothy Andrew Wagner, Uri Tzvi Eden
  • Patent number: 9043001
    Abstract: Non-invasive electrical nerve stimulation devices and magnetic stimulation devices are disclosed, along with methods of treating medical disorders using energy that is delivered noninvasively by such devices. The disorders comprise migraine and other primary headaches such as cluster headaches, including sinus symptoms that resemble an immune-mediated response (“sinus” headaches), irrespective of whether those symptoms arise from an allergy that is co-morbid with the headache. The disclosed methods may also be used to treat other disorders that may be co-morbid with migraine headaches, such as anxiety disorders. In preferred embodiments of the disclosed methods, one or both of the patient's vagus nerves are stimulated non-invasively. In other embodiments, parts of the sympathetic nervous system and/or the adrenal glands are stimulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Electrocore, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce J. Simon, Joseph P. Errico, John T. Raffle
  • Publication number: 20150141529
    Abstract: A method for alleviating centralized pain in human subjects includes assessing the brain of a subject suffering from pain, diagnosing abnormal brain function associated with centralized pain, locating at least one area of abnormal brain function associated with the centralized pain, and alleviating the abnormal brain function by applying a cortical stimulation signal to tissues corresponding to the at least one area of abnormal brain function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Jeffrey B. Hargrove
  • Publication number: 20150142078
    Abstract: An external, head worn electrical nerve stimulation device is disclosed that includes a head band including inner and outer surfaces, and a plurality of holes each including an interior surface. The device also includes a plurality of mounting baskets disposed within the holes and each including a cylindrical retaining member, and a plurality of biasing arms extending from the interior surface to the retaining member. The biasing arms are to bias the retaining member toward the inner surface, and the head band, the retaining members, and the biasing arms are all monolithically formed as a single piece. Further, the device includes a plurality of electrodes, disposed within the retaining members and biased into engagement with a patient's head. The plurality of electrodes is configured to stimulate, at least one of the greater occipital nerve, the lesser occipital nerve, the supraorbital nerve, the supratrochlear nerve, zygomatotemporal nerve, and the auriculotemporal nerve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Ioannis Mihail Skaribas
  • Patent number: 9037268
    Abstract: The portable, wearable, proximal Alzheimer's disease treatment invention is based upon creating an RF field of particular frequencies and intensities that are applied to the patient's head. To accomplish the aforementioned disease treatment functionality, a system was invented comprising a network of antennas connected to an RF generator via a feedline connector. The invention also provides methods for using measurements to monitor and manage the effectiveness of an ongoing disease treatment regimen, and databases which contain information about measurements, variables, and their relationships to clinical outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Eric A. Knight
  • Publication number: 20150133761
    Abstract: A three-dimensional neural probe electrode array system is described. Planar probes are microfabricated and electrically connected to flexible micro-machined ribbon cables using a rivet bonding technique. The distal end of each cable is connected to a probe with the proximal end of the cable being customized for connection to a printed circuit board. Final assembly consists of combining multiple such assemblies into a single structure. Each of the two-dimensional neural probe arrays is positioned into a micro-machined platform that provides mechanical support and alignment for each array. Lastly, a micro-machined cap is placed on top of each neural electrode probe and cable assembly to protect them from damage during shipping and subsequent use. The cap provides a relatively planar surface for attachment of a computer controlled inserter for precise insertion into the tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Rio J. Vetter, Jamille Farraye Hetke, David S. Pellinen, Bencharong Suwarato, Kc Kong
  • Publication number: 20150119968
    Abstract: A stimulation device for the application of a transcutaneous electric stimulation stimulus onto the surface of a section of the human ear, which includes a holding element an electrode arranged in a electrode carrier. The holding element has a linear guide. A resting part is arranged at the holding element. The holding rod has a first axis and runs from a first position, which adjoins to the linear guide, to a second position, which adjoins to the electrode carrier. The resting part defines a first plane with a resting area at the ear, on which area a second axis is arranged perpendicular. The first axis and the second axis span a middle plane. The holding rod lies at the first position in the middle plane and departs from the middle plane from the run from the first position to the second position in a first rod section until a reversal point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas ZSCHAECK, Stefan BAER, Andreas HARTLEP, Wolf Gerhard FRENKEL
  • Patent number: 9020598
    Abstract: Non-invasive electrical nerve stimulation devices and magnetic stimulation devices are disclosed, along with methods of treating medical disorders using energy that is delivered noninvasively by such devices. The disorders comprise migraine and other primary headaches such as cluster headaches, including sinus symptoms that resemble an immune-mediated response (“sinus” headaches), irrespective of whether those symptoms arise from an allergy that is co-morbid with the headache. The disclosed methods may also be used to treat other disorders that may be co-morbid with migraine headaches, such as anxiety disorders. In preferred embodiments of the disclosed methods, one or both of the patient's vagus nerves are stimulated non-invasively. In other embodiments, parts of the sympathetic nervous system and/or the adrenal glands are stimulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: ElectroCore, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce J. Simon, Joseph P. Errico, John T. Raffle
  • Patent number: 9014823
    Abstract: Non-invasive electrical nerve stimulation devices and magnetic stimulation devices are disclosed, along with methods of treating medical disorders using energy that is delivered noninvasively by such devices. The disorders comprise migraine and other primary headaches such as cluster headaches, including sinus symptoms that resemble an immune-mediated response (“sinus” headaches), irrespective of whether those symptoms arise from an allergy that is co-morbid with the headache. The disclosed methods may also be used to treat other disorders that may be co-morbid with migraine headaches, such as anxiety disorders. In preferred embodiments of the disclosed methods, one or both of the patient's vagus nerves are stimulated non-invasively. In other embodiments, parts of the sympathetic nervous system and/or the adrenal glands are stimulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: ElectroCore, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce J. Simon, Joseph P. Errico, John T. Raffle
  • Patent number: 9008780
    Abstract: Methods for bridging brain sites between which there is substantially no effective communication, and associated neural prosthetic devices, are provided. A neural spike in a first neural site in a subject is detected, and a stimulus to a second neural site in the subject is delivered within a defined period of time after the detection of the neural spike, wherein there is substantially no effective communication between the first and second neural sites. The method forms an artificial bridge between the two neural sites, and establishes lasting communication between the two sites. The present disclosure provides, among other things, a neural prosthetic device comprising an integrated circuit that comprises a recording front-end comprising a plurality of recording channels; a processor unit; and a stimulus delivering back-end comprising a plurality of stimulation channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignees: Case Western Reserve University, University of Kansas
    Inventors: Randolph J. Nudo, David Guggenmos, Pedram Mohseni, Meysam Azin
  • Publication number: 20150080986
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for applying a transcutaneous electrical stimulation stimulus to the surface of a section of the human ear, which comprises a retaining element which is mountable on or in the ear and a number of electrodes which are arranged on or in an electrode carrier, wherein the device comprises a control apparatus which controls or regulates the generation of a potential difference between the electrodes. In order to permit an improved and safer transcutaneous stimulation the invention proposes that at least three electrodes are arranged on or in the electrode carrier, wherein the at least three electrodes are located in one plane, wherein the position of at least one of the at least three electrodes is adjustable on the electrode carrier and wherein the at least one electrode of which the position is adjustable is mounted such as to be displaceable in a translational manner in the plane. Furthermore, the invention relates a method for the operation of such a device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: cerbomed GmbH
    Inventors: Jens ELLRICH, Christoph BECK, Wolf Gerhard FRENKEL, Andreas HARTLEP
  • Patent number: 8977364
    Abstract: An external, head worn electrical nerve stimulation device, including a power source and a head band configured to fit around a patient's head, the patient's head including a front portion, a rear portion opposite the front portion, a first lateral side, and a second lateral side opposite the first lateral side. The device further includes a plurality of electrical electrodes circumferentially disposed along the head band, wherein the plurality of electrodes contacts each of the front portion, the rear portion, the first lateral side, and the second lateral side. The plurality of electrical electrodes is configured to stimulate, with electrical current, at least one of the greater occipital nerve, the lesser occipital nerve, the supraorbital nerve, the supratrochlear nerve, zygomatotemporal nerve, and the auriculotemporal nerve when the electrodes are energized by the power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventors: Ioannis Mihail Skaribas, Christopher Atkinson Durst
  • Publication number: 20150025590
    Abstract: A physical health cap application system include an electrode cap configured to fit the head of any person, and a main unit including a DC-stimulator plus and a positive and negative DC current generator unit electrically connected to the electrode cap for controlling the electrode cap to discharge a direct electrical current into predetermined regions of interest in the cerebral cortex of the head of a person to help relieve pain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Chih-Lung Cheng
  • Publication number: 20150018926
    Abstract: A stimulation device for transcutaneous electric stimulation stimulus onto the surface of a section of the human ear comprises a holding element attached at or in the ear, at least two electrodes arranged in or at an electrode carrier. To obtain high contact quality of the electrodes with high wearing comfort, the holding element consists of one part designed as holding bow for placement between the surface of the head and the Pinna (P) of the device wearer, the other part designed as connection element between the holding bow and the electrode carrier; between the holding bow and the connection element a hinge joint is arranged such that use of the device allows swivel movement of the connection element relatively to the holding bow around an axis (S) parallel or under an angle (?) of less than 30° to the straight ahead viewing direction (G) of the device wearer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Wolf Gerhard FRENKEL, Thomas ZSCHAECK, Andreas HARTLEP
  • Publication number: 20150018925
    Abstract: A stimulation device for transcutaneous electric stimulation stimulus onto the surface of a section of the human ear comprises a holding element attached at or in the ear and at least two electrodes arranged in or at an electrode carrier, wherein the at least two electrodes are separated from another at the electrode carrier by an electrically isolating section. To obtain a good electrical conductibility of the electrodes at high ear comfort, the at least two electrodes are covered by a casing element, the casing element comprises at least two cover elements, wherein each of the at least two cover elements comprises a retaining region for an electrode; the material of the cover elements is electrically conductive or can be made electrically conductive; the casing element comprises at least one isolation section made of electrically isolating material; the isolating section connects at least two cover elements with another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas ZSCHAECK, Andreas HARTLEP
  • Patent number: 8934983
    Abstract: The present invention is a system for mapping a high resolution image to a lower resolution electrode array and, by applying varying stimulus to neighboring electrodes, creating a perceived image greater in resolution than the electrode array. The invention is applicable to a wide range of neural stimulation devices including artificial vision and artificial hearing. By applying a sub-threshold stimulus to two neighboring electrodes where the sum of the stimuli is above the threshold of perception, a perception is created in neural tissue between the two electrodes. By adjusting the stimulus on neighboring electrodes, the location of stimulation can be altered. Further, noise can be applied to the stimulating electrode or its neighboring electrodes to reduce the threshold of stimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Second Sight Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J Greenberg, Richard Williamson
  • Patent number: 8914123
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for performing an electric inhibition of the facial muscles for purely aesthetic purposes, using a device comprising a support at the head of a user (1), two contact electrodes (2), an electronic circuit (3) for generating low-voltage electric pulses at said electrodes (2), a direct current electric power supply (4) and means for fixing and locking (7) said components on the head. The invention is characterized in that it includes the following steps: placing the electrodes (2) on either side of the upper part of the nose, at the glabella; passing the electric pulses via the electrodes (2) through the pyramidal muscle of the nose so as to cause said pyramidal muscle of the nose to relax and hence its antagonist muscle, the forehead muscle and the double eyebrow muscle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Cefaly Technology SPRL
    Inventor: Pierre Rigaux
  • Patent number: 8909344
    Abstract: A self-contained portable head worn device and methods to stimulate a portion of the brain of a wearer are presented. A first electrode is held by the head worn device against the scalp of the wearer in a first location and a second electrode is held against the scalp of the wearer in a second location. A pulse generator generates a first electric signal received by the first electrode and a second electric signal received by the second electrode. A power source is connected to the pulse generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffrey Edward Arle, Jay Lawrence Shils
  • Patent number: 8903494
    Abstract: Described herein are devices, systems, and methods for transdermal electrical stimulation. Devices described herein can include self-contained, lightweight, and wearable components. The devices include a primary unit including a first transdermal electrode and a secondary unit including a second transdermal electrode. The device can be capable of wireless communication. The primary unit and secondary unit are placed at two locations on the skin of a user, for example on the head or neck of a user. The first and second transdermal electrodes are electrically connected. Electrical stimulation is driven between the two electrodes. The electrical stimulation induces a cognitive effect in a user of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: thync, inc.
    Inventors: Isy Goldwasser, William J. Tyler, Alexander Opitz, Tomokazu Sato, Jonathan Charlesworth, Sumon K. Pal, Philip Lamb, Christopher Voss, Steven Cook, Remi Demers, Raymond L. Gradwohl, Daniel Z. Wetmore
  • Patent number: 8897895
    Abstract: An implant unit according to some embodiments may include a flexible carrier, at least one pair of modulation electrodes on the flexible carrier, and at least one implantable circuit in electrical communication with the at least one pair of modulation electrodes. The at least one pair of modulation electrodes and the at least one circuit may be configured for implantation through derma on an underside of a subject's chin and for location proximate to terminal fibers of the medial branch of the subject's hypoglossal nerve, such that an electric field extending from the at least one pair of modulation electrodes can modulate one or more of the terminal fibers of the medial branch of the hypoglossal nerve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Adi Mashiach
  • Publication number: 20140324146
    Abstract: Stand-alone apparatus intended to be fastened on to a body part, comprising a bipolar electrode (1), a light electronic device (2), means for the mechanical fastening of the electronic apparatus (2) to the electrode (1) and means enabling the electrical current to flow from the electronic apparatus (2) to the electrode (1) and vice versa. Said fastening means comprise two permanent magnets (4) located on the electronic apparatus (2), each of which is electrically conductive and capable of cooperating with a magnetisable metal zone (3) located on the side of the electrode (1) opposite the side intended to be in contact with the skin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: STX-Med Sprl
    Inventor: Pierre-Yves Muller
  • Publication number: 20140316505
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to signing up at a single site to receive both credit and business information, and the combining of personal credit information for an individual and business credit information of a business with which the individual is associated. For example, the invention can provide a website where a user can lrequest to view an individual's personal credit information and the business credit information of a business that the individual owns. In this manner, the user can quickly and easily obtain a more complete view of the financial status of an individual or a business in a single location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Yani Skincare, LLC
    Inventor: Jamal S. Yanaki
  • Publication number: 20140277324
    Abstract: A device for providing transdermal electrical stimulation at an adjustable position on a head. The device including a supporting member ergonomically shaped and configured to be fixedly supported about an anatomical body part; the supporting member being adjustably positionable in only two directions substantially perpendicular to one another. No electrical stimulation is provided by the supporting member. Alternatively, the device includes at least one pair of electrodes for producing the transdermal electrical stimulation to the head. The electrodes are mounted to a securing member shaped and configured to be releasably securable only about a plurality of strands of hair at a predetermined fixed orientation without being secured about any anatomical body part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony R. DiUbaldi, Jeyakumar Subbaroyan, Tamara C. Baynham, Michael A. Luedtke, James Gamgort
  • Publication number: 20140257448
    Abstract: A self-contained portable head worn device and methods to stimulate a portion of the brain of a wearer are presented. A first electrode is held by the head worn device against the scalp of the wearer in a first location and a second electrode is held against the scalp of the wearer in a second location. A pulse generator generates a first electric signal received by the first electrode and a second electric signal received by the second electrode. A power source is connected to the pulse generator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffrey Edward Arle, Jay Lawrence Shils
  • Publication number: 20140228906
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods, devices and systems used for the treatment of mood, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, and cognitive and behavioral disorders (collectively, neuropsychiatric disorders) via stimulation of the superficial elements of the trigeminal nerve (“TNS”). More specifically, cutaneous methods of stimulation of the superficial branches of the trigeminal nerve located extracranially in the face, namely the supraorbital, supratrochlear, infraorbital, auriculotemporal, zygomaticotemporal, zygomaticoorbital, zygomaticofacial, infraorbital, nasal and mentalis nerves (also referred to collectively as the superficial trigeminal nerve) are disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Christopher DeGiorgio, Ian A. Cook, Alejandro Covalin, Patrick R. Miller, Lara Schrader
  • Patent number: 8805539
    Abstract: A system for securing at least one electrode to an anatomy is provided. The system can include a first plate, which can include at least one first passage. The at least one first passage can be configured to receive a lead of the at least one electrode. The system can also include a second plate configured to move relative to the first plate. The movement of the second plate relative to the first plate can couple the second plate to the first plate such that the second plate at least partially occludes the at least one passage of the first plate to secure the lead of the at least one electrode to the anatomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Appenrodt, Frans L. H. Gielen, Paulus Cornelis van Venrooij
  • Patent number: 8805548
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a headband for use in neurostimulation made at least partly of elastic or stretch material comprising: a hole to be located directly on the rear part of the scalp of a user, said hole being sized to fit the inion or occipital protuberantia; at least two electrodes directly attached to the headband and positioned adjacent to and symmetric about said hole, designed so that to be applied on the right and left branch of the occipital nerve respectively, once the inion is put in correspondence with said hole by the user; a connector for connecting a wearable neurostimulator to the headband, said connector being located opposite to said hole, once the headband is worn by the user and means coupled to the elastic or stretch material for electrically connecting said connector and each of said electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: STX-Med Sprl
    Inventors: Jean-Yves Mignolet, Pierre-Yves Muller, Pierre Rigaux
  • Publication number: 20140222126
    Abstract: A system for treatment of biological tissues is provided. The system includes a lens having a hollow, substantially hemispherical shape with an outer surface and an inner surface, the inner surface defining a substantially hemispherical cavity for inserting the biological tissues. The system further includes an antenna assembly for generating and directing electromagnetic radiation towards the outer surface. In the system, the lens is configured to direct the electromagnetic energy to an area in the cavity, a dielectric constant of the lens at the inner surface substantially matches a dielectric constant of the biological tissues, the dielectric constant monotonically increases from the outer surface to the inner surface, and the electromagnetic energy is generated via a series of pulses having a transient of less than about 1 nanosecond.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Shu Xiao, Andrei Pakhomov, Karl H. Schoenbach
  • Patent number: 8792987
    Abstract: Deep brain electrodes are remotely sensed and activated by means of a remote active implantable medical device (AIMD). In a preferred form, a pulse generator is implanted in the pectoral region and includes a hermetic seal through which protrudes a conductive leadwire which provides an external antenna for transmission and reception of radio frequency (RF) pulses. One or more deep brain electrode modules are constructed and placed which can transmit and receive RF energy from the pulse generator. An RF telemetry link is established between the implanted pulse generator and the deep brain electrode assemblies. The satellite modules are configured for generating pacing pulses for a variety of disease conditions, including epileptic seizures, Turrets Syndrome, Parkinson's Tremor, and a variety of other neurological or brain disorders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Greatbatch Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert A. Stevenson, Christine A. Frysz, Barry C. Muffoletto, Robert W. Siegler, Steven W. Winn, Thomas A. Skwara, Dominick J. Frustaci
  • Patent number: 8751020
    Abstract: The invention relates to a electrode arrangement (1) for the application of a transcutaneous electric stimulation stimulus onto the surface of a section of the human ear (2), which comprises a holding element (3) to be arranged at or in the ear (2) as well as at least on electrode (4, 5), which electrode (4, 5) is arranged in an electrode carrier (6). To allow a simple and comfortable application of the electrode arrangement at the ear and to influence the hearing during wearing of the electrode arrangement as little as possible the invention suggests that the holding element (3) comprises a linear guide (7) in which a holding bar (8) is arranged linear movably in the direction of a longitudinal axis (L) of the holding element (3), wherein the electrode carrier (6) is arranged at the holding bar (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Cerbomed GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph Beck, Stefan Baer
  • Patent number: 8738151
    Abstract: Anchors for securing a therapy device such as a therapy catheter relative to a burr hole, and systems and methods for using the same. Anchors in accordance with embodiments of the present disclosure may include a connector for securing the therapy catheter to a delivery catheter, wherein the connector is independently and removably attachable to the anchor. The connector may secure the therapy catheter relative to the burr hole and isolate forces that may otherwise tend to disrupt the placement of the therapy catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian D. Nelson
  • Publication number: 20140142676
    Abstract: A headband for retaining electrodes in position on a patient's head is disclosed, having an adjustable frame, straps for holding electrodes against the head, each strap fastened to the headband by an adjustable support, and the supports having weights removably coupled thereto such that gravity pulls the headband down against the electrodes. The headband may be used for transcranial electrical stimulation treatment or other treatment by electrodes. Further disclosed is a method of retaining electrodes on a patient's head, having the steps of positioning a headband having straps on the head, tightening the headband and straps, inserting electrodes between the straps of the headband and the head, mounting weights to bias the headband downwardly, and loosening the straps for greater comfort. The headband and straps may have markings to facilitate placement according to an electrode marking system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: NorDocs Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Gardin, Daniel Shapiro, Patrick D.H. Williams, Kevin J. Bailey, Mathieu Lemay, Shazib Shaukat, Stanley Shapiro, Brian Dressler
  • Patent number: 8718796
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems and techniques for stimulating a user. For example, materials and methods for manipulating nystagmus and the related vestibular system with coupling of galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS) and visual cueing are provided herein. Use of GVS within the present invention may be applied to simulation, alleviating motion sickness, and directional cueing of a user to a precise target location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignees: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education, Research Vivonics, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Cevette, Jan Stepanek, Anna Galea
  • Patent number: 8718758
    Abstract: An apparatus for interfacing between tissues being stimulated is provided. The apparatus includes an electric source capable of generating an applied electric field across a region of tissue and/or a means for altering at least one electromagnetic characteristic of the region of tissue relative to the applied electric field and an interface component, such interface component creating an interface between the region of tissue and the applied electric field or the means for altering at least one electromagnetic characteristic of the region of tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Highland Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Andrew Wagner, Uri T. Eden
  • Patent number: 8712532
    Abstract: An ECT system capable of focusing the electrical signals on a specific portion of the patient's brain is provided. The ECT system includes a means of applying unidirectional electrical signals and asymmetric electrodes for focusing the signals on the patient. A method of titrating an electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) system and a method of operating an ECT system are also provided. The method includes setting an initial current value, administering an ECT signal to the patient, determining if the seizure threshold has been achieved, and repeating as necessary until the seizure threshold is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Mecta Corporation
    Inventor: Harold A. Sackeim
  • Patent number: 8702584
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for inducing relaxation or sleep comprising the steps of: placing electrodes in contact with the forehead skin in the supraorbital region; generating an electrical signal with a signal generator and applying said signal to the electrodes so as to produce external, i.e. non invasive, neurostimulation of the upper branch of the trigeminal nerve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Cefaly Technology SPRL
    Inventors: Pierre Rigaux, Pierre-Yves Muller
  • Patent number: 8688239
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electrode arrangement for applying of a transcutaneous electrical stimulation stimulus onto the surface of a section of the human ear, which comprises a holding element to be attached at or in the ear as well as at least one electrode, which electrode is arranged in or at an electrode carrier, wherein the holding element comprises a linear guide in which a supporting rod is arranged linear movable in the direction of a longitudinal axis (L) of the holding element and wherein the electrode carrier is arranged at the supporting rod. To obtain an improved transcutaneous stimulation the invention proposes that the electrode carrier comprises at least one carrier section on which the electrode is arranged, wherein the electrode comprises at least one cylindrical and/or spherical segment shaped and/or conical surface section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Cerbomed GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Hartlep, Christoph Beck, Stefan Baer
  • Patent number: 8682449
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus and methods are described for applying electric current to neurons in the brain to treat disorders and to improve motor and/or memory functions in a patient. In a method according to the invention, an electrode is positioned adjacent to and spaced from the skin surface of the patient's head and an electric current is applied through the electrode to a target region in the brain to modulate one or more neurons in the target region. The electrode is housed within an enclosure and spaced from the skin surface so that the electrode does not directly contact the patient's tissue, which reduces the potential for collateral tissue damage or necrosis and shields the electrode from the patient's tissue which substantially inhibits Faradic products (e.g., H+, OH?, H2O2) of the electrode from reaching the target site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Electrocore, LLC
    Inventor: Bruce J. Simon