Rodrigo Maass

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Ten healthy subjects who swim regularly in ice-cold water during the winter (winter swimming), were evaluated before and after this short-term whole body exposure. A drastic decrease in plasma uric acid concentration was observed during and following the exposure to the cold stimulus. We hypothesize that the uric acid decrease can be caused by its(More)
Metabolism of gamma-Hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) was studied examining 21 workers producing this insecticide. Using gas chromatography in combination with ECD and mass spectrometry 14 mono-, di-, tri- and tetrachlorophenols were identified in the urine samples of the workers. Seven dihydroxychlorobenzenes of still unknown configuration were detected by mass(More)
Testosterone exerts important effects in the heart. Cardiomyocytes are target cells for androgens, and testosterone induces rapid effects via Ca(2+) release and protein kinase activation and long-term effects via cardiomyocyte differentiation and hypertrophy. Furthermore, it stimulates metabolic effects such as increasing glucose uptake in different(More)
Sarcopenia, the age-related loss of skeletal muscle mass and function, is becoming more prevalent as the lifespan continues to increase in most populations. As sarcopenia is highly disabling, being associated with increased risk of dependence, falls, fractures, weakness, disability, and death, development of approaches to its prevention and treatment are(More)
A sensitive immunoluminometric assay originally designed to measure C-reactive protein (CRP) in neonates and minimal serum volumes was adapted to measure this protein in a routine method without prior sample dilution. The concentration range covered without prior dilution was 10 micrograms/l to 20 mg/l using a sample volume of 5 microliters serum and a(More)