Erika Packer

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We studied the effects of estrogen on daylong circulating levels of calcium, inorganic phosphorus, parathyroid hormone (PTH), and 1,25-(OH)2D3 (calcitriol) in a group of 10 postmenopausal women (68.5 +/- 1.4 years, mean +/- SEM). The study was conducted under strict dietary control, with mean calcium and phosphorus intakes of 845 and 970 mg. After treatment(More)
It has been postulated that the accidental introduction of terrestrial microorganisms to other planets during the course of space exploration might impede or bias the detection of organic matter and possible indigenous organisms, and thereby confuse subsequent studies of extraterrestrial life. To assess the likelihood of biological contamination of Mars, we(More)
In previous studies we proposed that estrogen increases circulating calcitriol in postmenopausal women by reducing plasma phosphorus concentrations. For this model to be plausible, a reduction in plasma phosphorus must be itself be sufficient to increase circulating calcitriol in elderly women. To assess this question we studied the effects of Al(OH)3 on(More)
Granuloma annulare (GA) is a begin dermatosis characterized, in general, for papular lesions with annular configuration. Its clinical forms comprehend localized GA, generalized GA, perforating GA and subcutaneous GA. With unknown etiology many factors have been responsible, including autoimmune diseases. We describe a case of a 45-year-old man, with(More)
To investigate putative abrogating effects of habitual endurance exercise on age-related changes in endocrine function and body composition, we compared insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I), sex hormonal status and body composition in 15 Masters runners and 15 minimally exercising men (MEM) aged 60-70 years. A higher maximal oxygen uptake (VO2 max.) in the(More)
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