August 18, 2000

Community Notes:

On Tuesday, August 22, a group of four women scholars from the Universidad de La Habana, Cuba, will visit San Diego. Their visit is part of a month-long tour of California campuses which will culminate in their participation at the MALCS (Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social) conference to be held at the University of California, Davis.

"This is a rare opportunity to meet five Cuban scholars who specialize in women's issues," said Dr. Jorge Mariscal of UC San Diego. The group is led by Dr. Norma Vasallo Barrueta and includes Dr. Maria Ofelia Rodriguez and Dr. Olga Gonzalez Martin, specialists on the topic of women and social movements. All four of the professors are faculty members in the Women's Studies program at the University of Havana.

The panel discussion will be held at the Spruce St. Forum in Hillcrest (301 Spruce St.) on Tuesday, August 22, at 7 p.m. For further information, call San Diego Friends of Cuba (619) 582-8288.


UFW'S 15th Biennial Constitutional Convention

UFW's 15th Biennial Constitutional Convention: to occur on Labor Day weekend: Sat. September 2 and Sun. September 3 Fresno Convention Center

On Saturday, September 2 and Sunday, September 3, 2000 at 8:00 a.m. in Fresno, California, the United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO will convene its' 15th Constitutional Convention and celebrate 38 years of continuous commitment to protecting and insuring the rights of Americas Farm Workers. The work has never been easy but it has always been worthwhile and has been made possible by the tremendous support and commitment of the labor movement, our friends, supporters and businesses who have been committed to improve the quality of life for farm workers and their families.

In this election year the convention promises to be full of excitement and serve as a recommitment by all to continue to build safe working environments and a more secure place to live for our working families. We will be joined by many distinguished guests and friends and we invite you to attend during this two (2) day convention.


Volunteers Needed For Medical Research at UCSD

UCSD School of Medicine researchers are conducting various studies for which healthy and non-healthy female volunteers are needed.

SEEKING HEALTHY POST-MENOPAUSAL WOMEN UCSD School of Medicine researchers are seeking healthy, post-menopausal women, ages 50 to 75 to volunteer for a study aimed at investigating the effects of estrogen and progesterone on mood, sleep and behavior patterns of postmenopausal women. Women must be non-smokers, not currently using hormones and never had the uterus or ovaries removed. Volunteers will receive up to $550 for their participation. To volunteer and for information, call 619/543-5775.

STUDY EXAMINES TREATING DEPRESSION UCSD School of Medicine researchers are seeking menopausal women, ages 50 to 65, who are experiencing depression, for a study investigating whether estrogen replacement enhances the antidepressant efficacy of certain hormone replacement therapies. Women must be non-smokers, not currently using hormones and never had the uterus or ovaries removed. To volunteer and for information, call 619/543-7393.

NON-MEDICATED TREATMENT FOR PMS EXAMINED UCSD School of Medicine researchers are looking for women, ages 20 to 45, suffering from premenstrual syndrome, as well as healthy women not experiencing PMS, to participate in a study examining a non-medicated approach to treating the disorder. The study will apply light and sleep therapies. Participants must not be on medication or birth control. To volunteer and for more information, call 619/543-7393. (There may be some monetary compensation for this study.)

WHAT CAUSES POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION? UCSD School of Medicine researchers are examining the chronological basis of postpartum depression and its response to a non-medication treatment. For this study, women experiencing depression after giving birth are needed, as well as are women in good health, ages 18 to 45, up to six months postpartum. To volunteer and for more information, call 619/543-7393.


Spanish Health Programs From Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Air at a New Time on UCSD-TV

"Signos Vitales," a bi-weekly series of Spanish language health programs hosted by Universidad Autónoma de Baja California will air at its news time, Thursdays at 5:30 p.m., on UCSD-TV beginning September 7th. The programs feature Mexico's leading medical experts answering questions and giving up-to-date information on the symptoms, treatment and prevention of common illnesses facing border region families. Programs explore in layman's language medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma and heart disease, and offer practical advice on other health matters including pre-natal care, sexually transmitted diseases and nutrition.

Upcoming programs include:

"Signos Vitales: Laparoscopía en Ginecología" on September 21 at 5:30 p.m.

"Signos Vitales: Apnea obstructiva del sueño" on September 28 at 5:30 p.m.

UCSD-TV airs on Cox Cable channel 76; North County Cox Cable channel 58; Time Warner Cable channel 18; Del Mar TV 3 or UHF (no cable) channel 35.

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