James F McGuckin Jr, Peter W J Hinchliffe: Apparatus and method for resectioning gastro-esophageal tissue. Rex Medical, Fay Kaplun & Marcin, December 28, 2004: US06835199 (621 worldwide citation)

A system for stapling tissue comprises a flexible endoscope and an operative head including a pair of opposed, curved tissue clamping jaws sized to pass through an esophagus, the jaws being moveable with respect to one another between an open tissue receiving configuration and a closed tissue clampi ...

Michael D Laufer, Jeffrey C Cerier, Amos Cruz, Jonathan O&apos Keefe, Richard Andrews, Vincent A Puicci Jr, Michael Barenboym, Neal H Marshall, Randal B Chinnock: Method and devices for tissue reconfiguration. ndo surgical, Fish & Richardson P C, December 28, 2004: US06835200 (496 worldwide citation)

A method includes advancing an apparatus having an elongated member transorally into the stomach. The apparatus includes a distal end effector having first and second members configured to engage tissue. The first and second members are movable relatively toward one another generally in a first plan ...

Robert E Atkinson, Peter T Keith: Devices and methods for the treatment of spinal disorders. Spinalabs, December 28, 2004: US06835205 (447 worldwide citation)

Devices and methods for treating a damaged intervertebral disc to reduce or eliminate associated back pain. Dynamic bias devices and reinforcement devices are disclosed, which may be used individually or in combination, to eliminate nerve impingement associated with the damaged disc, and/or to reinf ...

In Suk Han, Seok Lew, Man Hee Han: Photometric glucose measurement system using glucose-sensitive hydrogel. M Biotech, Robert R Mallinckrodt, Mallinckrodt & Mallinckrodt, December 28, 2004: US06835553 (320 worldwide citation)

An implantable biosensor for detecting an analyte in vivo in body fluids comprises an analyte-sensitive hydrogel filament chemically configured to vary its displacement volume according to changes in concentration of an analyte, such as glucose, in a patient's body fluid. A photometric displace ...

Raymond C Kwong, David B Knowles, Mark E Thompson: Phosphorescent compounds and devices comprising the same. The University of Southern California, Universal Display Corporation, Kenyon & Kenyon, December 28, 2004: US06835469 (310 worldwide citation)

Phosphorescent organometallic complexes comprising phenylquinolinato ligands are provided. High efficiency organic light emitting devices comprising these compounds are also described.

Roger P Jackson: Anterior expandable spinal fusion cage system. John C McMahon, December 28, 2004: US06835206 (297 worldwide citation)

An apparatus and method for implanting an intervertebral cage containing a bone graft and fusing adjacent vertebrae together while maintaining or correcting the angular alignment and balance of the spine. An improved method for anterior interbody fusion to form a fused bone segment having a predeter ...

Thomas D Petite, Richard M Huff: Systems and methods for providing remote monitoring of consumption for a utility meter. Statsignal Systems, Thomas Kayden Horstemeyer & Risley, December 28, 2004: US06836737 (251 worldwide citation)

A system for providing remote monitoring of electricity consumption is provided. Briefly described, in one embodiment the system may comprise a plurality of electric meters, a plurality of communication devices having a unique address and defining a wireless communication network, and a site control ...

Lucien Alfred Couvillon Jr: Robotic endoscope. SciMed Life Systems, David B Bonham Esq, Mayer Fortkort & Williams PC, December 28, 2004: US06835173 (246 worldwide citation)

An endoscope is provided which comprises an elongated body adapted for insertion into a body lumen, and a plurality of electrically controlled actuators associated with the body which are controllable to impart an orientation to the body that is complimentary to the natural orientation of the lumen ...