Richard Mayer

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Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) are used as flame retardants in a wide variety of products. As part of the Integrated Exposure Assessment Survey (INES), this study aimed to characterize the exposure of an adult German population using duplicate diet samples, which were collected daily over seven consecutive days, and indoor air and house dust(More)
Phthalates are ubiquitous environmental chemicals with potential detrimental health effects. The purpose of our study was to quantify dietary intake of phthalates and of DEHA (Di-ethylhexyl adipate) using duplicate diet samples and to compare these data with the calculated data based on urinary levels of primary and secondary phthalate metabolites. 27(More)
Because dietary intake is supposed to be an important route of human exposure we quantified the dietary intake of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), perfluorooctanoate (PFOA), perfluorohexane sulfonate (PFHxS), perfluorohexanoate (PFHxA), and perfluorooctane sulfonamide (PFOSA) using 214 duplicate diet samples. The study was carried out with a study(More)
Phthalates like di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) are commonly used as plasticizers and their metabolites are suspect of especially reproductive toxicity. The aim of our study was to assess phthalate exposure in adults by measuring urinary phthalate metabolite levels and to explore individual temporal variability. Urine samples were collected by 27 women(More)
This prospective study tested a new type of culture dish for the effects of individual culture and autotrophic factors. Within a 6-month period, 72 patients with nine or more fertilized eggs were enrolled in this prospective evaluation. Their 936 zygotes were split into three subgroups (individual culture, individual culture with contact to neighbours,(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate whether the use of theophylline improves sperm motility and treatment outcome in frozen-thawed testicular sperm extraction (TESE). DESIGN Artificial sperm activation was offered to azoospermic patients between January and October 2010 in two different centers (identical lab conditions). SETTING IVF units of public hospitals. (More)
Normally, day-2 embryos show a crosswise arrangement of four cells with three blastomeres lying side by side. Cleavage anomalies include embryos that are characterized by a particular planar constellation of four blastomeres with presumed incomplete cleavage. Since little is known on the developmental fate of such conceptuses, within a 10-month period all(More)
In this article we prove that locally Griffiths’ horizontal distribution on the period domain is given by a generalized version of the familiar contact differential system. As a consequence of this description we obtain strong local rigidity properties of maximal dimensional variations of Hodge structure. For example, we prove that if the weight is odd(More)
Dear Editor, With great interest we read the recently published study of Cauffman et al. [1] dealing with the developmental fate of 4-cell embryos depending on the arrangement of their blastomeres. Although this manuscript is discussed in great detail carefully addressing current scientific knowledge we have the feeling that our data [4] have been somewhat(More)
Sperm DNA fragmentation is increased in poor-quality semen samples and correlates with failed fertilization, impaired preimplantation development and reduced pregnancy outcome. Common sperm preparation techniques may reduce the percentage of strandbreak-positive spermatozoa, but, to date, there is no reliable approach to exclusively accumulate(More)