Brian J Erickson, Michael E Hilgers, Tracy A Hendrickson, J Edward Shapland, Frank A Solomon, Mark B Knudson: Interstitial fluid collection and constituent measurement. Integ Incorporated, Merchant Gould Smith Edill Welter & Schmidt, December 10, 1996: US05582184 (846 worldwide citation)

An apparatus and method is disclosed for obtaining and measuring constituents in a sample of body fluid. The apparatus includes a member which is sized to penetrate into at least the dermal layer of skin to collect a sample of body fluid located within the dermal layer.

Minoru Tsuruta, Shiro Bito, Shuichi Kimura, Seiji Kuramoto, Tsuyoshi Tsukagoshi, Akio Nakata, Toshihiko Suzuta: Surgical device for stapling and/or fastening body tissues. Olympus Optical, Frishauf Holtz Goodman Langer & Chick, December 10, 1996: US05582611 (744 worldwide citation)

A surgical device for stapling and fastening body tissues, comprises an insertion section extending from an operation section for insertion into a body cavity, stapling member connected to a distal end of the insertion section, for treating body tissues with a high-frequency current within a body ca ...

Charles H Klieman, Bruce M Schena, John M Stiggelbout: Surgical instrument for endoscopic and general surgery. Charles H Klieman, Fish & Richardson P C P A, December 10, 1996: US05582617 (673 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument having a handle, barrel and working end effector tip is provided. The barrel is generally tubular, with one end being releasably connected to the handle. The end effector is movably attached to the other end of the barrel, and may be positioned and operated independently throug ...

Shin Ikeda, Toshihiko Yoshioka, Shiro Nankai, Haruhiro Tsutsumi, Hideyuki Baba, Yoshinobu Tokuno, Syoji Miyazaki: Biosensor, and a method and a device for quantifying a substrate in a sample liquid using the same. Matsushita Electric Industrial, Renner Otto Boisselle & Sklar, December 10, 1996: US05582697 (645 worldwide citation)

The biosensor of this invention can quantify a substrate in a sample liquid by electrochemically measuring the amount of an electron acceptor that has been reduced by electrons generated in a reaction between the substrate and an oxidoreductase. The biosensor has an electrically insulating substrate ...

John Atcheson, James R Miller III: Method and apparatus for recommending selections based on preferences in a multi-user system. MNI Interactive, Charles J Kulas, Philip H Townsend and Townsend and Crew Albert, December 10, 1996: US05583763 (595 worldwide citation)

A system for determining selections that a user is likely to be interested in. The determination is made based on the user's prior indicated preferences. The user designates his or her preferred selections as entries in a user's preference list. Entries in the user's list are compared with entries i ...

David K Swanson, Thomas Bourne, Sidney D Fleischman, Dorin Panescu, James G Whayne: Systems and methods for forming large lesions in body tissue using curvilinear electrode elements. EP Technologies, Ryan Maki Mann & Hohenfeldt, December 10, 1996: US05582609 (594 worldwide citation)

Systems and associated methods form larger and deeper lesion patterns by shaping a support body with multiple electrodes in ways that increase the density of the electrodes per given tissue area. The support body can carry either elongated, continuous electrodes or arrays of non-contiguous, segmente ...

Fabrice Florin, Michael Buettner, Glenn Corey, Janey Fritsche, Peter Maresca, Peter Miller, Bill Purdy, Stuart Sharpe, Nick West: Method and apparatus for audio-visual interface for the selective display of listing information on a display. Apple Computer, Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman, December 10, 1996: US05583560 (579 worldwide citation)

An interactive audio-visual (A/V) transceiver is advantageously coupled to a television and/or telephone (T/T) cable, a TV, a video recorder (VCR), and other A/V devices. The A/V transceiver switches data between a program/service provider and the connected A/V devices. In one embodiment, the transc ...

Lee Bolduc, Thomas A Kramer, Brian A Hodges, Tim McCoy, John Lunsford: Surgical helical fastener with applicator. Origin Medsystems, Fulwider Patton Lee & Utecht, December 10, 1996: US05582616 (567 worldwide citation)

A helical fastener having a high retentive surface area is provided and has a first end for enhancing penetration into tissue and a second end comprising a coil sectioning a diameter of the fastener for receiving longitudinal and rotational forces. The helical fasteners are attached to body tissue b ...

Donn B Baker, David R Johnson, Ralph E Sipple: Multi-cast digital video data server using synchronization groups. Unisys Corporation, Charles A Johnson, Mark T Starr, December 10, 1996: US05583561 (492 worldwide citation)

A system and method for distributing real-time, compressed, digital video data from a video library composed of multiple mass storage devices through a digital video data server to large numbers of viewers via distribution networks is provided. The server obtains selected frames of video data for vi ...

Larry J Hornbeck: Multi-level digital micromirror device. Texas Instruments Incorporated, James C Kesterson, Charles A Brill, Richard L Donaldson, December 10, 1996: US05583688 (434 worldwide citation)

An improved hidden hinge digital micromirror device, and method of making the same, having hinges 424 attached to a yoke 428 which limits the rotation of the device mirror 430. In one embodiment, the mirror 430 is supported by a center support post 416 attached to two torsion hinges 424 by a landing ...