Ricardo Albeto Moreno

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BACKGROUND A nonsurgical means to access the normal pericardial space could provide opportunities for diagnostic sampling and therapeutic interventions. Because there are currently no approved nonsurgical methods to accomplish this, we tested a new approach in large animals. METHODS AND RESULTS A catheter system was employed in a percutaneous approach(More)
Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep is characterized by periods of profound cardiac autonomic activation evident in heart rate surges in humans and canines. Our goals were to determine whether or not the heart rate surge phenomenon occurs in cats and to characterize concurrent central nervous system activity. Cortical and hippocampal electroencephalogram,(More)
OBJECTIVE This study evaluated the augmentation of venlafaxine with hormone therapy in the treatment of postmenopausal depression. The hormones evaluated were estrogen (0.625 mg) in combination with medroxyprogesterone acetate (2.5 mg) and methyltestosterone (2.5 mg). DESIGN Seventy-two menopausal women (mean age: 53.6 +/- 4.27 years) diagnosed with(More)
Hyperadrenergic states of various etiologies can contribute to tachycardias. Systemic beta-adrenergic blockade suppresses sinus tachycardia but may adversely affect arterial blood pressure and contractility, because the drug gains access to myocardial cells as well as to the sinoatrial node. We examined whether intrapericardial beta-adrenergic blockade with(More)
Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep results in profound state-dependent alterations in heart rate. The present study describes a novel phenomenon of a primary deceleration in heart rate that is not preceded or followed by increases in heart rate or arterial blood pressure and occurs primarily during tonic REM sleep. The goals were to characterize the primary(More)
BACKGROUND One of the many cognitive deficits reported in bipolar disorder (BD) patients is facial emotion recognition (FER), which has recently been associated with dopaminergic catabolism. Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) is one of the main enzymes involved in the metabolic degradation of dopamine (DA) in the prefrontal cortex (PFC). The COMT gene(More)
BACKGROUND Several studies seek biological markers that give diagnostic and degree of tumor development. The aim of this study was to validate the determination of plasma DNA using nanotechnology (Nanovue™-NV) in samples of 80 patients with prostate cancer. METHODS Blood samples of 80 patients of the Urology Ambulatory of Faculdade de Medicina do ABC with(More)
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