Recent articles by Rebecca Sladek Nowlis

UCSF heart transplant reunion coincides with National Heart Failure Awareness Week

February 10, 2000
When Nancy Pedder found it difficult to breathe when she swam, she had no idea that she was having heart failure.  After all, she had just finished chemotherapy a few weeks earlier for breast cancer.  Pedder soon became the first woman, and third person, to receive a heart transplant at UCSF.  This Saturday, she will celebrate her second heart by going back to the people who made it possible 11 years ago.

Perceptions of prejudice may hamper breast cancer detection

January 29, 2000
Perceptions of prejudice may inhibit a woman from seeking recommended health care, according to a new study by University of California, San Francisco researchers. In a community based sample of American women, UCSF researchers found that the frequency of getting mammograms, PAP smears, and performing breast self-examinations were significantly related to a woman’s personal experience with prejudice.  The study is the first to examine how perceived prejudice influences a woman’s approach to breast cancer screening.

Responding to carpal tunnel syndrome: the role of the work environment

January 29, 2000
Whether you stay at work or take disability after developing carpal tunnel syndrome appears to depend more on your work environment than on the severity of the condition, according to a new study by University of California, San Francisco researchers.

Comparison of anger expression in men and women reveals surprising differences

January 28, 2000
Because men and women perceive anger differently, they experience and handle feelings of frustration and rage in different ways, according to a study by researchers at Southwest Missouri State University (SMSU). On the surface, men seem to embrace their anger and use it to their advantage whereas women view anger as being counter-productive.  But in day to day interactions, women appear to take advantage of their anger just as frequently as men, the researchers reported.

Women experience similar levels of chronic pain as men, say UCSF researchers

January 28, 2000
Although numerous studies have reported that women suffer from acute pain more intensely than men, new findings suggest that these gender differences don’t hold for chronic pain. In a study of 175 cancer patients whose cancer had spread to their bone, University of California, San Francisco researchers found no differences between men and women in their experiences of pain intensity, quality of life, or mood.

Religion and culture influence muslim women's reluctance to seek help from domestic abuse

January 28, 2000
A new qualitative research study indicates that Islamic culture and community life in the United States significantly shapes the lives of abused Muslim women, according to research conducted at Oregon Health Sciences University.

Keeping doctors in the dark: why women don't discuss using alternative treatments for breast cancer

January 27, 2000
An increasing number of people are taking a duel approach to curing their ills by testing the waters of alternative medicine while simultaneously collaborating with their MDs.  Although recent findings indicate that patients frequently don’t tell their medical physicians what kinds of alternative therapies they’re using, the reasons for remaining silent have been unclear.  Now, a UCSF researcher offers insight into why many women with breast cancer

Migration can lead to new perceptions of women's work, health, and social status

January 27, 2000
When Leonora found herself working as a maid in the United States, the familiar line between employer and servant blurred.  Rather than being pleased by the democratic nature of her new American home, Leonora (a pseudonym) thought of her inclusion into the family as an intrusion into her personal space.  She was brought up as a servant in Brazil, and was more comfortable with a clear delineation between her employers and herself.

New UCSF School of Nursing Dean appointed

January 05, 2000
Kathleen Dracup, RN, FNP, DNSc, FAAN, will be the new dean of the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing effective March 27, 2000, subject to approval from the UCSF Board of Regents, UCSF Chancellor J. Michael Bishop announced recently. Dracup has a long and distinguished career in the field of nursing.  Most recently the Lulu Wolf Hassenplug Professor of Nursing and Chair of the Acute Care Section within the School of Nursing at UCLA, she has played a leadership role in academics and professional circles for decades.


December 28, 1999
San Francisco dentist Charles Bertolami, DDS, dean of the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry, will donate a day's earnings to help support UCSF School of Dentistry educational programs.