Thermal Applicators Patents (Class 607/96)
  • Patent number: 10342958
    Abstract: A method for improving function of a cardiac valve in a patient, the cardiac valve having at least one leaflet that is attached to a papillary muscle: Inserting a balloon, that is in a first uninflated condition and having a first diameter, within tissue that is part of to the papillary muscle, and thereby separating tissue that was previously connected together, by a maximum amount equal to the first diameter; inflating the balloon to a second inflated condition having a second diameter greater than the first diameter, thereby permanently stretching tissue in the papillary muscle and separating the tissue from the first diameter to a maximum amount equal to the second diameter; deflating the balloon to the first uninflated condition, and thereby returning the tissue to a separation of a maximum amount substantially equal to the first diameter; and then removing the balloon from the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: ABBOTT CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Michael F. Wei, Anna M. Snell, Tamer M. Mahmoud, Scott C. Mosher
  • Patent number: 10322293
    Abstract: One aspect of the present disclosure relates a system that can quickly and reversibly block conduction in a nerve. The system can include a first nerve block modality that provides heat to the nerve to block conduction in the nerve. For example, the heat can provide the quick nerve block. The system can also include a second nerve block modality that provides an electrical signal to the nerve to block the conduction in the nerve. For example, the electrical signal can provide the reversibility. In some instances, the heat can be provided by an infrared light signal and the electrical signal can be provided by a kilohertz frequency alternating current (KHFAC) signal or a direct current (DC) signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignees: CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY, VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Hillel Chiel, Niloy Bhadra, Mike Jenkins, Emilie Lothet, Tina Vrabec, Kevin Kilgore, Narendra Bhadra, Eric Duco Jansen
  • Patent number: 10299860
    Abstract: The present invention relates to treatment method using multiple energy sources. The treatment method using multiple energy sources, includes: applying a first energy into an inside of an annulus fibrosus; and applying a second energy different from the first energy to an outside of the annulus fibrosus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: LUTRONIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kwang Chon Ko
  • Patent number: 10201380
    Abstract: Treatment systems, methods, and apparatuses for improving the appearance of skin or other target regions are described as well as for providing for other treatments. Aspects of the technology are directed to improving the appearance of skin by tightening the skin, improving skin tone or texture, eliminating or reducing wrinkles, increasing skin smoothness, or improving the appearance of cellulite. Treatments can include cooling a surface of a patient's skin and detecting at least one freeze event in the cooled skin. The treatment system can continue cooling the patient's skin after the freeze event(s) are detected so to maintain at least a partially frozen state of the tissue for a period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard C. DeBenedictis, George Frangineas, Jr., Kristine Tatsutani, Linda Pham
  • Patent number: 10064697
    Abstract: Ablation catheters and systems include multiple inline chambers for containing and heating an ablative agent. The heating chamber includes one or more channels to increase the contact surface area of the ablative agent with the walls of the heating chamber to provide more efficient heating. Induction heating is used to heat a chamber and vaporize a fluid within by wrapping a coil about a ferromagnetic chamber and providing an alternating current to the coil. A magnetic field is created in the area surrounding the chamber which induces electric current flow in the chamber, heating the chamber and vaporizing the fluid inside. Positioning elements help maintain the device in the proper position with respect to the target tissue and also prevent the passage of ablative agent to normal tissues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Santa Anna Tech LLC
    Inventors: Virender K. Sharma, Harry Jabs
  • Patent number: 10064887
    Abstract: The present invention describes and claims pharmaceutical compositions in gel form for use in the treatment of intervertebral disc degeneration, in particular the forms of dehydration and emptying of the nucleus pulposus known as “black disc disease”. These compositions comprise a hyaluronic acid derivative which forms hydrogels with precise rheological characteristics that make it ideal for filling the nucleus pulposus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: FIDIA FARMACEUTICI S.P.A.
    Inventors: Nicola Giordan, Pierangelo Bellato
  • Patent number: 9987302
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and compositions of treating patients suffering from, or at risk for, DNA damage and to increase life span, i.e., prevent or slow the aging process in all species. The treatment includes administering to the patient a pharmaceutical composition that includes carbon monoxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Inc.
    Inventor: Leo E. Otterbein
  • Patent number: 9868838
    Abstract: An exercise mat is manufactured by a method including the steps of: mixing 15 wt % to 60 wt % of a plant fiber composite and 40 wt % to 85 wt % of a foamable material to form a mixture; adding an appropriate foaming agent; and foaming the mixture at a predetermined temperature to form a mat. The plant fiber composite includes a plant fiber raw material, a starch assistant and a biopolymer additive containing a plant hormone, an enzyme, a biological vinegar, and lactic acid ester. The foamable material is one selected from polyvinylchloride (PVC) and natural rubber (NR).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Sing Pong International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Johnny Tsai
  • Patent number: 9855166
    Abstract: Cosmetic method and apparatus are provided that can provide cooling and/or freezing of skin tissue proximal to the skin surface to generate an appearance of lightening or reduced pigmentation in the skin. The skin can be cooled to a temperature of less than about ?5 degrees Celsius for a duration of about one minute or less, using a cooled surface that is at least 3 cm in width. A cooling arrangement can be provided to provide controlled heat removal from the skin tissue being treated. A sensor can optionally be provided to detect freezing of tissue proximal to the cooled surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: THE GENERAL HOSPITAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard Rox Anderson, Dieter Manstein, Henry HL Chan, Joseph Ting
  • Patent number: 9844460
    Abstract: A treatment system for cooling subcutaneous lipid-rich cells in a human subject includes an applicator and a control unit. The treatment system has a cooling mode for cooling tissue and a heating mode for warming tissue. The control unit includes a circulation circuit in fluid communication with the applicator, a chiller apparatus configured to chill fluid from the applicator circulation circuit, and a heater apparatus to warmed fluid from the applicator circulation circuit. The control unit mixes the chilled fluid and/or the warmed with fluid in the applicator circulation circuit control the temperature of the fluid circulated in the applicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan J. Weber, Joseph Coakley, Mark William Baker, Thomas Burnell Reeve, III
  • Patent number: 9821172
    Abstract: A thermotherapy device for treatment of neonates has a bordered lying surface (5) for receiving a neonate, a vertical support column (8) arranged adjacent to the head end of the lying surface (5) and radiant heaters (3, 4), supported by the column, directed at the lying surface (5). A control unit controls the heating output of each of the radiant heaters (3, 4). At least one first radiant heater (4) is directed at a head end half of the lying surface (5). At least one second radiant heater (3) is directed at the other half of the lying surface. The control unit (9) adjusts the heating output of the first radiant heater and the second radiant heater in such that, with the lying surface (5) arranged horizontally, the heating output of the second radiant heater (3) is greater by a predefined factor than that of the first radiant heater (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: DRÄGERWERK AG & CO. KGAA
    Inventors: Jochim Koch, Arne Tröllsch
  • Patent number: 9808312
    Abstract: Methods for treating a network of organs including generating a map of at least a portion of the network of organs using a rendering system; selecting at least one treatment location within the luminal passageway of the network of organs; and applying an energy therapy to the treatment location to treat the smooth muscle tissue, where the energy therapy applied to the respective treatment location is defined by a plurality of parameters that are associated with a map. Such a system allows for historical or ideal treatment parameters to be identified, visually or otherwise to actual treatment locations. Also, control systems and methods for delivery of energy that may include control algorithms that prevent energy delivery if a fault is detected and may provide energy delivery to produce a substantially constant temperature at a delivery site. In some embodiments, the control systems and methods may be used to control the delivery of energy, such as radiofrequency energy, to body tissue, such as lung tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Danek, William Wizeman, Timothy R. Dalbec, Glendon E. French, Michael D. Laufer
  • Patent number: 9780583
    Abstract: A method for recharging a battery pack includes attaching a portable charger to a user, which portable charger includes or is attached to a self-contained power supply and wherein a first charging port of the portable charger is disposed, e.g., on a belt worn by the user, hanging the battery pack on the belt while the battery pack is physically engaged and in electrical communication with a power tool, and initiating a transfer of power from the charger to the battery pack when the first charging port is at least proximal to a second charging port that is in electrical communication with at least one battery cell of the battery pack. A portable charging system capable of performing this method, as well as an adapter for use in performing this method, are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: MAKITA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuyasu Furui, Hitoshi Suzuki, Masaaki Fukumoto, Takuya Umemura, Kosuke Ito, Hitoshi Sengiku, Shuji Yoshikawa, Tatsuya Nagahama
  • Patent number: 9763827
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices used to treat eyelids, meibomian glands, ducts, and surrounding tissue are described herein. In some embodiments, an eye treatment device is disclosed, which includes a scleral shield positionable proximate an inner surface of an eyelid, the scleral shield being made of, or coated with, an energy-absorbing material activated by a light energy, and an energy transducer positionable outside of the eyelid, the energy transducer configured to provide light energy at one or more wavelengths, including a first wavelength selected to heat the energy-absorbing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Tear Film Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian S. Kelleher, Kabir Gambhir
  • Patent number: 9737362
    Abstract: A probe for resecting and coagulating tissue comprises an outer sleeve having a tissue cutting window and an inner sleeve having a tissue cutting distal end. And RF cutting region is formed at the distal end of the inner member and an RF coagulation region is formed on an exterior surface of the inner member immediately proximal to the cutting surface. A single power supply providing a single RF energy mode can be connected to both RF applicator regions to simultaneously cut and coagulate tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Aaron Germain, John H. Shadduck, Michael D. Walker, Kyle Klein, Csaba Truckai
  • Patent number: 9700365
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a device that performs ablation of tissue. The device has a catheter with a shaft through which an ablative agent can travel, a first positioning element attached to the catheter shaft at a first position and a second positioning element attached to the catheter shaft at a second position. The shaft also has ports through which the ablative agent can be released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Santa Anna Tech LLC
    Inventor: Virender K. Sharma
  • Patent number: 9623267
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus (100) are described for modifying unwanted tissue for cosmetic reasons. The methods provide a non-invasive manner to perform body contouring by destroying adipose tissue while simultaneously causing collagen contraction in a single procedure. Adipose tissue destroyed during the medical procedure may be removed from a treatment volume during the wound healing process, allowing the treatment volume to gradually shrink (22). The gradual shrinkage may promote better skin tone in the treatment area. The procedure may involve multiple treatments to the same treatment area or location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: LIPOSONIX, INC.
    Inventors: Tanar Ulric, Charles S. Desilets, Blake Little
  • Patent number: 9615967
    Abstract: A therapy wrap for treatment of at least a portion of an animate body having improved kink resistance. The therapy wrap may be selectively reinforced for improved kink resistance in only a portion of the wrap. The reinforcement may decrease the kink radius. The wrap may include a kink reducer in all or only a selected kink-prone region. The kink reducer may be selectively configured attachment points or spot welds. The therapy wrap may include a reinforcement layer of one or more discrete reinforcement members. The wrap may be formed by pre-tensioning the material layers while forming the fluid bladder and/or gas pressure bladder. The therapy wrap may be adapted to compensate for conditions that normally cause kinking of the wrap or buckling of the fluidic channels. Also disclosed are methods of manufacturing the wrap and methods of administering a temperature-controlled treatment to an anatomical body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: CoolSystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark H. Lowe, Krister Bowman
  • Patent number: 9408745
    Abstract: A system and method of monitoring, controlling and/or detecting events during the removal of heat from subcutaneous lipid-rich tissue is described. In some examples, the system detects an increase in temperature at a treatment device in contact with the skin of a subject, determines that the increase in temperature is related to a treatment event, and performs an action based on the determination. In some examples, the system shuts off the treatment device, alerts an operator, or reduces the cooling in response to a determined treatment event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Mitchell E. Levinson, Jesse Nicasio Rosen, Corydon A. Hinton, Kevin S. Springer
  • Patent number: 9326889
    Abstract: An inflatable convective pad for warming a person during surgery has two ends, two sides, and at least two openings, each located in an area of the pad between the two ends and between a respective side and the center of the pad. The openings, which may be in the form of slits, allow the threading of a sheet or the person's arms through the pad to restrain the arms during surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Thomas P. Anderson, Mark J. Scott
  • Patent number: 9301803
    Abstract: A method of performing an ablation procedure includes the steps of inserting an antenna assembly into tissue and supplying energy thereto for application to tissue. The method also includes the step of causing contact between a first material and at least one other material disposed within the antenna assembly to thermally regulate the antenna assembly. According to another embodiment, an ablation system includes an energy delivery assembly. A first chamber is defined within the energy delivery assembly and is configured to hold a first chemical. Another chamber is defined within the energy delivery assembly and is configured to hold at least one other chemical. The first chamber and the other chamber are configured to selectively and fluidly communicate with each other to cause contact between the first chemical and the at least one other chemical to cause an endothermic reaction and/or an exothermic reaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Mani N. Prakash, Kyle R. Rick, Francesca Rossetto
  • Patent number: 9283033
    Abstract: Methods and devices for assessing, and treating patients having sympathetically mediated disease, involving augmented peripheral chemoreflex and heightened sympathetic tone by reducing chemosensor input to the nervous system via carotid body ablation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: CIBIEM, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Gelfand, Charles Lennox, Ary Chernomorsky, Howard Levin, Veijo T. Suorsa, Kenneth M. Martin, Yegor D. Sinelnikov
  • Patent number: 9138558
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for improving psychophysiological function for performance of a subject under stress includes, after a plurality of sensors that monitor stress-indicating physiological parameters have been coupled to the subject, exposing the subject, using computer processes, to at least one training segment during which is determined a degree to which the subject has achieved a targeted level of least one stress-indicating physiological parameter as to be indicative of coherence in the subject. Additionally, the method includes providing, to the subject, feedback indicative of the degree to which the subject has achieved the targeted level of the at least one parameter as to be indicative of coherence in the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Biofeedback Systems Design, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Kusik, Dejan Stankovic, Andrew M. Bourhis
  • Patent number: 9119962
    Abstract: A method for controlling dosage application during irradiation of a moveable target volume in a body with an energy beam by scanning the target volume includes, before irradiating an i-th grid position, determining a dosage during the irradiation process using the movement data, wherein the dosage already contains the i-th grid position during irradiation of the previous grid positions (1<=k<i). Depending on the determined dosage that already contains the i-th grid position during the irradiation of the previous grid positions (1<=k<i), a compensation value for the i-th grid position is calculated, and depending on the compensation value and on the nominal particle fluence for the i-th grid position, a compensated particle fluence (Fikomp) is calculated for the i-th grid position in order to irradiate the i-th grid position with the compensated particle fluence (Fikomp).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: GSI HELMHOLTZZENTRUM FUER SCHWERIONENFORSCHUNG GMBH
    Inventors: Christoph Bert, Robert Luechtenborg
  • Patent number: 9101602
    Abstract: A method of improving the resistance of collagenous tissue to mechanical degradation in accordance with the present invention comprises the step of contacting at least a portion of a collagenous tissue with an effective amount of a crosslinking reagent. The crosslinking reagent includes a crosslinking agent such as genipin and/or proanthrocyanidin. Further, the crosslinking reagent may include a crosslinking agent in a carrier medium. The collagenous tissue to be contacted with the crosslinking reagent is preferably a portion of an intervertebral disc or articular cartilage. The contact between the tissue and the crosslinking reagent is effected by injections directly into the select tissue using a needle. Alternatively, contact between the tissue and the crosslinking reagent is effected by placement of a time-release delivery system such as a gel or ointment, or a treated membrane or patch directly into or onto the target tissue. Contact may also be effected by, for instance, soaking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Orthopeutics L.P.
    Inventor: Thomas P. Hedman
  • Publication number: 20150148872
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the combination of the phytocannabinoid cannabidiol with therapeutic hypothermia for use in the treatment of neuroprotection or astroprotection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Jose Martinez-Orgado, Geoffrey Guy
  • Publication number: 20150148874
    Abstract: A multi-zone electric heating blanket. The blanket may be shaped to cover the outstretched arms or other body parts of a patient. The blanket includes first and second body part portions and a connecting bridge. The interconnection via the bridge leaves an open gap between the first and second body part portions for unblocked access to the patient. A power controller may supply power to heating elements in both body part portions based on a temperature sensor in one of the body part portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Scott D. Augustine, Ryan S. Augustine, Randall C. Arnold, Keith J. Leland, Joshua P. Waldman, Rudolf A. Deibel, Thomas F. Neils
  • Patent number: 9043018
    Abstract: A medical device used in a medical robotic system has a conduit and an orientable tip. An optical fiber coupled to a laser source and/or a catheter coupled to one or more biomaterial sources extends through the conduit and tip so that the tip of the medical device may be robotically directed towards a target tissue for laser and/or biomaterial application as part of a medical procedure performed at a surgical site within a patient. A protective sheath covers the fiber as it extends through the conduit and tip. A first coupler adjustably secures at least the sheath to the medical device and a second coupler adjustably secures the fiber to at least the sheath. A similar dual coupler mechanism may be used to secure the sheathed catheter to the medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Catherine J. Mohr
  • Patent number: 9038640
    Abstract: A system and method for treatment of skin including a treatment surface having numerous small energy emitting points for fractional skin treatment as well as negative pressure outlets. During a treatment, negative pressure from the outlets may exert a pulling force on an opposing tissue surface to bring the tissue into contact with the energy points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Viora Ltd.
    Inventors: Danny Erez, Gerard Tal
  • Patent number: 9027564
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention includes a method for decreasing resistance to airflow within a bronchial tree of a subject. The method may include the step of moving an intraluminal device along a lumen of an airway of a bronchial tree, where the intraluminal device includes an expandable member and an energy emitter. The method also may include damaging nerves along the airway using the intraluminal device without destroying an inner surface of an airway wall disposed radially between the intraluminal device and the nerves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Asthmatx, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Danek, Bryan E. Loomas, Thomas M. Keast, Michael D. Laufer
  • 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: 20150127077
    Abstract: A portable device for thermal stimulation of tissue of a patient comprising a heat control element having a proximal side and a distal side wherein a temperature difference can be generated between the proximal side and the distal side, and wherein the proximal side is capable of contacting the tissue. A fan capable of exchanging heat with surrounding air and a heat sink coupled to the distal side are provided. At least one resilient element connected between the heat sink and the fan is also provided, for supporting the fan so as to prevent direct contact between the heat sink and the fan. Furthermore at least one temperature sensor and circuitry are provided, wherein the circuitry activates the heat control element using the at least one temperature sensor, so as to achieve a desired temperature stimulation of the tissue at a rate of substantially 1 degree Celsius per second.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: MEDOC ADVANCED MEDICAL SYSYTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Hanan Ben Asher, Amir Haiman
  • Publication number: 20150127078
    Abstract: A method of determining hypoxia in fetal scalp blood sampled during labor including the determination of total lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) in plasma obtained from the sample. The method can include the additional determination of K, Mg, Ca, AST, ALT, lactate in the plasma and/or blood. Increased values of one or more of LDH, Mg, Ca, AST, ALT, lactate are indicative of hypoxia in the fetus. Also disclosed is the use of a plasma separation apparatus in the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Mathias Karlsson, Sofia Hiort af Ornäs
  • Publication number: 20150119849
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for activating brown adipose tissue (BAT) with cooling. Generally, the methods and devices can activate BAT to increase thermogenesis, e.g., increase heat production in the patient, which over time can lead to weight loss and/or improved metabolic function. In one embodiment, a medical device is provided that activates BAT by cooling tissue having a high density of cold sensitive thermoreceptors and/or by cooling BAT depots directly, thereby increasing thermogenesis in the BAT and inducing weight loss and/or improved metabolic function through energy expenditure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicants: The General Hospital Corporation D/B/A Massachusetts Gerneral Hospital, ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC.
    Inventors: Taylor W. Aronhalt, Lee M. Kaplan, Nicholas Stylopoulos, Jason L. Harris, Dwight D. Henninger, James W. Voegele, Mark S. Ortiz
  • Publication number: 20150119961
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a heat therapy kit for malignant tumor treatment that comprises a pharmaceutical agent containing anti-regulatory T cell antibody and a pharmaceutical agent containing magnetic fine particles, and a heat therapy method that uses that kit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Takeshi Kobayashi, Tomio Morino
  • Publication number: 20150112412
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods for use in the selective disruption of lipid-rich cells by controlled cooling. The present invention further relates to a device for use in carrying out the methods for selective disruption of lipid-rich cells by controlled cooling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Richard Rox Anderson, Dieter Manstein
  • Publication number: 20150102925
    Abstract: A method detects a biological condition and detects a change in the biological condition of a mammal. The device determines if the change in the biological condition exceeds a predetermined threshold and sends a signal based at least in part on the determination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Ivo Foldyna, Kenneth J. Stethem
  • Publication number: 20150105687
    Abstract: A medical device for monitoring biological parameters through an Abreu Brain Thermal Tunnel (ABTT) is provided. By monitoring and analyzing the temperature of the ABTT, it is possible to diagnosis changes in a patient or subject under a variety of conditions, including predicting the course of medical conditions. Furthermore, since the ABTT is predictive, analysis of the ABTT may be used to control mechanisms for safety when an impending medical condition makes such operation hazardous.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: GEELUX HOLDING, LTD.
    Inventor: Marcio Marc ABREU
  • Patent number: 9005263
    Abstract: Systems, devices, methods, and compositions are described for providing an actively-controllable disinfecting implantable device configured to, for example, treat or prevent an infection in a biological subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Edward S. Boyden, Ralph G. Dacey, Jr., Gregory J. Della Rocca, Joshua L. Dowling, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Eric C. Leuthardt, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Dennis J. Rivet, Paul Santiago, Michael A. Smith, Todd J. Stewart, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • 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: 20150094788
    Abstract: An apparatus for electrostimulation has a whole-body support and electrodes disposed in the support. The electrodes are disposed in pairs, relative to a center longitudinal axis of the apparatus, and are configured so that they can be controlled one after the other or simultaneously. A method for controlling multiple electrodes in an apparatus for electrostimulation disposes the electrodes in or on the apparatus for electrostimulation, which has a support for part of the body or for the whole body. The electrodes are configured so that they can be controlled one after the other or simultaneously. The electrodes are controlled individually or in pairs, with regard to a duration and/or an intensity of the stimulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: PIERENKEMPER GMBH
    Inventor: Roger PIERENKEMPER
  • Publication number: 20150088233
    Abstract: Structures and protocols are presented for supporting a medical or veterinary patient with therapeutically significant normothermia and other practical advantages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Maribeth Maclntyre-Ellis, Kent D. Ellis, Thomas Shurr
  • Publication number: 20150087608
    Abstract: Methods and devices treating an autonomic nervous system associated disease condition in a subject are provided. Aspects of the invention include inducing one or more physiological response selected from the group consisting of sweating, gastric emptying, enhanced heart rate variability and enhanced quantitative sensory test responsiveness in a manner sufficient to modify the autonomic nervous system so as to treat the subject for the disease condition. The methods and devices find use in a variety of applications, e.g. in the treatment of subjects suffering from conditions arising from disorders of the autonomic nervous system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Anthony Joonkyoo Yun
  • Publication number: 20150087973
    Abstract: A method and composition for hyperthermally treating tumor cells in a patient under conditions that affect tumor stem cells and tumor cells.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Gholam A. Peyman
  • Patent number: 8986359
    Abstract: A multi-zone electric heating blanket. The blanket may be shaped to cover the outstretched arms or other body parts of a patient. The blanket includes first and second body part portions and a connecting bridge. The interconnection via the bridge leaves an open gap between the first and second body part portions for unblocked access to the patient. A power controller may supply power to heating elements in both body part portions based on a temperature sensor in one of the body part portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Augustine Temperature Management LLC
    Inventors: Scott D. Augustine, Ryan S. Augustine, Randall C. Arnold, Keith J. Leland, Joshua P. Waldman, Rudolf A. Deibel, Thomas F. Neils
  • Publication number: 20150080989
    Abstract: A method (100) of moulding an article comprises: forming (104) a first portion (2) of the article by injecting a first material (50) into a first mould (61), the first mould being shaped so as to define a flange (8) on the first portion of the article; placing (106) the first portion of the article into a second mould (91), the second mould having a first plate (90) and a second plate (92); compressing (108) the flange between the first and second plates of the second mould; and forming (110) a second portion (4) of the article by injecting a second material (55) into the second mould whilst the flange is compressed between the first and second plates of the second mould.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Louise Mohn
  • Publication number: 20150080769
    Abstract: The invention relates to an applicator for use with a device for treating subcutaneous lipid-rich cells by cold treatment, wherein the applicator (1) comprises a contact surface (2) that is formed as a surface (3) of a solid treatment plate (4) made of aluminum or another material having good heat conductivity. The invention further relates to a device for treating subcutaneous, lipid-rich cells by cold treatment comprising a heat transfer circuit and an applicator (1) through which a heat transfer medium (6) flows for treating a live body. The device consists of a refrigeration device (30) for providing the heat transfer medium (6) having a specific temperature and connecting supply lines (29) to the applicator as well as a compensator (31) that compensates the weight of the applicator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Friedemann LOTSCH
  • Patent number: 8979777
    Abstract: Apparatus for a disposable, portable thermal therapy device that is self-contained for shipping as a single unit to a patient. The therapy device has a shipping configuration that presents a single, self-contained durable container. The container includes an insert that defines a compartment between the insert and the container. The compartment stores various electrical components, such as the power connection. The insert has a cavity that contains a pump and stores a thermal pad and associated fluid lines. The insert is a shell with a cable grip that secures the cable from pump and a recessed area for securing the pump. The edges of the insert are sealed to the inside surface of the box. A carrying strap is secured to the sidewalls of the box in a manner that prevents protrusions and aid in minimizing storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Adroit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Gammons
  • Publication number: 20150073516
    Abstract: The present invention provides a low-cost, low-power therapeutic hypothermia device for use in developing nations. The device includes a first and second receptacle separated by a space filled with a porous material such as sand. A cooling chemical can also be added to the porous material in order to speed cooling. Water is added to the porous material and a neonate is placed into the device for therapeutic hypothermia treatment. The neonate is monitored carefully using temperature sensors and a feedback system integrated into the device. Cooling can be modulated and/or warming commenced by adding Styrofoam blocks to raise the neonate off the surface of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Soumyadipta Acharya, Robert Allen, Winston J. Aw, Samrie Beshah, Michael V. Johnston, John J. Kim, Robert Kim, Ryan Wai Yan Lee, Erika M. Moore, Neil P. O'Donnell, Youseph Yazdi, Simon Ammanuel, Nathan Buchbinder
  • Publication number: 20150073514
    Abstract: Endovascular catheters and control wires for operating the catheters and associated systems, apparatuses, and methods are disclosed include a catheter apparatus having an elongated shaft, a therapeutic assembly at a distal portion of the shaft, and a handle at a proximal portion of the shaft. An actuator is located at the handle and operably coupled to the therapeutic assembly via a tuned control member extending through the shaft. The tuned control member includes a control wire and a tuning component attached to one another within the shaft. The tuned control member is configured to achieve a desired tuned force-displacement response by modifying the stress-strain response that a non-tuned control wire would ordinarily provide without the intervening tuning component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Medtronic Ardian Luxembourg S.a.r.I.
    Inventors: Vincent Ku, Andrew Wu