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February 18, 2005
The J. David Gladstone Institutes is among the top 15 institutional work environments for life sciences postdoctoral fellows, according to The Scientist's annual "Best Places to Work for Postdocs" survey.
February 18, 2005
Married women who avoid conflict with their spouses have an increased risk of dying from any cause, according to a new study. Researchers studied 1,769 men and 1,913 women, aged 18 to 77, and found that wives who usually or always keep quiet during conflict were four times more likely to die during the follow-up of 10 years. Men whose wives came home upset about work were more than twice as likely to develop heart disease. The study was reported at the Second International Conference on Women, Heart Disease and Stroke in Orlando.
February 17, 2005
A UCSF-led study has found that a novel immunologic therapy increases survival by nearly 18 percent in men with advanced prostate cancer that no longer responds to hormone therapy.
February 17, 2005
Coffee may help prevent a common type of liver cancer, suggests a Japanese study. Researchers studied 90,000 people and found that those who drank coffee daily or nearly every day had half the risk of liver cancer than those who never drank coffee. The protective effect occurred in people who drank one to two cups a day and increased at three to four cups. They were unable to compare the effect of regular and decaffeinated coffee, however, because decaf is rarely consumed in Japan. The study appears in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
February 16, 2005
UCSF is again participating in a program designed to help people earning under $36,000 with tax preparation and securing tax refunds. A workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 1, noon to 1 p.m.
February 16, 2005
A Columbia University study of 60 newborns in New York City reveals that exposure of expectant mothers to combustion related urban air pollution may damage babies' chromosomes while in the womb. The air pollutants included emissions from cars, trucks, bus engines, residential heating, power generation and tobacco smoking. Exposure to pollutants was assessed through questionnaires and portable air monitors worn by the mothers during the third trimester of their pregnancies, and chromosomal abnormalities were measured in umbilical cord blood.
February 15, 2005
A technique for detecting prions in tissue, developed by UCSF scientists, is significantly more sensitive than the diagnostic procedures now used to detect the lethal particles in brain tissue, finds a new study.
February 15, 2005
School-based sex education and preventing social aggression in girls are only two of the topics that will be discussed when the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women's Health co-hosts a symposium on Saturday, Feb. 26, at UCSF Mount Zion Medical Center.
February 15, 2005
UCSF Chancellor J. Michael Bishop, MD, was named by President George W. Bush as a recipient of the nation's highest honor for science and technology.
February 15, 2005
Premenstrual syndrome can increase costs for employers, according to a study from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Researchers assessed PMS symptoms of 374 women, 18 to 45, and found that 30% had PMS and those women had an average 14% reduction in expected work hours per week and a 15% reduction in work productivity. Overall, total indirect employer costs for women with PMS were about $4,333 more per year, found the study.

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