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Stephen J Brown: Multiple patient monitoring system for proactive health management. Health Hero Network, Black Lowe & Graham PLLC, June 12, 2001: US06246992 (621 worldwide citation)

A system and method for monitoring a group of patients having a chronic disease or ongoing health condition. The method includes the step of collecting from each patient a corresponding set of measurements of a control parameter of the health condition. Each set of measurements has a collection date ...


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John Acres: Method for providing incentive to play gaming devices connected by a network to a host computer. Acres Gaming Incorporated, Marger Johnson & McCollom PC, June 12, 2001: US06244958 (616 worldwide citation)

A method for providing incentive to players of networked slot machines includes a card reader associated with each machine and a card associated with each player. A player account accessible by a host computer on the network is created which associates the player's card with the account. A pred ...


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Swaminathan Jayaraman: Stent, stent graft and stent valve. Iowa India Investments Company, James E Larson, Larson & Larson P A, June 12, 2001: US06245102 (564 worldwide citation)

A star-shaped stent and replacement valve or replacement graft for use in repairing damaged vascular organs: Two to eight star-shaped members are interconnected into a “chain”. Once this “chain” has been created through interconnection of the star-shaped members, a central opening through all of the ...


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Menno E Sluijter, William J Rittman III, Eric R Cosman: Modulated high frequency tissue modification. Sherwood Services, June 12, 2001: US06246912 (518 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus are provided for altering a function of tissue in a patient. An electromagnetic signal generated by a signal generator is applied to the tissue to be altered through an electrode. The electromagnetic signal has at least one frequency component above the physiologic stimulation ...


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Dorin Panescu, David K Swanson, Robert Burnside: Systems and methods for controlling power in an electrosurgical probe. Scimed Life Systems, Henricks Slavin & Holmes, June 12, 2001: US06245065 (401 worldwide citation)

Systems and methods for controlling the power supplied to an electrosurgical probe. The systems and methods may be used to monitor electrode-tissue contact, adjust power in response to a loss of contact, and apply power in such a manner that charring, coagulum formation and tissue popping are less l ...


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Robert S Biscup: Spinal fusion implant. Spineco, Vickers Daniels & Young, June 12, 2001: US06245108 (368 worldwide citation)

An improved prosthetic implant for forming a rigid structure between adjoining vertebrae in a spinal column. The prosthetic implant includes a cage having a top, bottom, front end, back end, first side and second side walls. The first side wall has an arcuate surface. The top and bottom wall include ...


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Anthony A Nobles, Steven E Decker, Benjamin G Brosh: Suturing device and method for sealing an opening in a blood vessel or other biological structure. Sutura, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, June 12, 2001: US06245079 (365 worldwide citation)

A suturing device allows a physician to remotely seal an incision in a blood vessel or other biological tissue. The device comprises an elongated tubular body having a distal portion which is adapted to be inserted percutaneously through the incision and into the blood vessel. The distal portion has ...


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Steven J Blumenkranz, David J Rosa: Manipulator positioning linkage for robotic surgery. Intuitive Surgical, Mark D Barrish Esq, Townsend Townsend & Crew, June 12, 2001: US06246200 (350 worldwide citation)

Techniques and structures are provided for aligning robotic elements with an internal surgical site and each other. Manually positionable linkages support surgical instruments. These linkages maintain a fixed configuration until a brake system is released. While the brake is held in a released mode, ...


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Roy W Feague: Synchronization process negotiation for computing devices. Starfish Software, John A Smart, June 12, 2001: US06247135 (349 worldwide citation)

A methodology providing “synchronization process negotiation” is described. Synchronization process negotiation is the methodology of negotiating between two or more devices exactly what synchronization process (protocol) is to be employed to effect synchronization of the devices. The methodology, w ...



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