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Bedside Diagnosis of Swallowing Disorders

Approximately 15 million Americans suffer from a swallowing disorder (dysphagia). People with acid reflux, a neurological disorder or cancer of the head and neck are particularly at risk. The leading ...
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Matthew Hoffman, Jack Jiang, Timothy McCulloch, Zhixian Geng | P130237US01

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Eardrum Nanomembrane Offers Tinnitus Care

Tinnitus is the perception of a sound with no external source. The sounds could be produced within a patient’s own body, like crackling caused by muscle spasms, or wholly imagined. Either way, d...
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Robert Blick, Burke Richmond | P120327US01

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Seat with Adjustable Dynamic Joint

In today’s increasingly sedentary and technology-dependant culture, people spend long hours sitting every day. Prolonged sitting has an extensive and well-documented list of negative health effects ...
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Hans Jensen, Robert Jensen | T07027US

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Calibrated Drill Sleeve Also Protects Soft Tissue

Drills are commonly used during orthopedic surgery to place screws that allow fixation of fractured bones. One problem that surgeons face while drilling is the overlying soft tissue becoming entangled...
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Kenneth Xu, Austin Crow, Josh Kolz, Sarah Sandock, John Renfrew | P120364US01

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Tactile Button Panel for Use with Touch Screens

Touch screen systems have many advantages, including simplification of the user's task and elimination of a separate keyboard. However, touch screen systems present an insurmountable barrier to many p...
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Gregg Vanderheiden, David Kelso, J. Bern Jordan | P110167US01

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Virtual Reality Rehabilitation for Stroke Victims

Research confirms that following injury the adult brain is capable of remarkable adjustments to take on changes in motor and sensory experience. For the four million Americans living with the effects ...
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Andrea Mason, Leigh Ann Mrotek, David Kettner | P120323US01

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Microfluidic Device for Drug Delivery

Oral ingestion of pharmaceuticals is considered the safest, most convenient and most economical method of administering drugs. However, many pharmaceuticals cannot be delivered orally because they are...
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David Beebe, Michael MacDonald, David Eddington, Glennys Mensing | P04240US

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Mechanism for a Braille Watch

The Braille language is the universally accepted form of written communication for the visually impaired. A system of dots, arranged in a three row by two column grid, is used to display different let...
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John Puccinelli, Nicholas Anderson, Chandresh Singh, Kyle Jamar, Taylor Milne | P120050US01

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Adjustable Implant for Treatment of Glottic Insufficiency

Glottic insufficiency is the medical term used to describe inadequate vocal fold contact during voice production. Glottic insufficiency results in poor voice quality and “breathiness” duri...
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Matthew Hoffman, Jack Jiang, Rachel Witt, Timothy McCulloch | P100114US01

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Algorithm for Selective Enhancement of Speech Signals

Hearing impairment rarely extends across the entire frequency range of hearing. Commonly, hearing loss is most severe at higher frequencies, although listeners can have selective losses at frequencies...
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Rick Jenison, Keith Kluender, Joshua Alexander | P100334US01

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Implantable Intracranial Neural Interface System

One of the frontiers in biomedical science is the development of brain-computer interface (BCI) systems. A need exists for small-scale neurological interfaces that can potentially transmit information...
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P. Charles Garell, Justin Williams, Daryl Kipke, Jaimie Henderson, Jamille Hetke | P04169US

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