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Seeing waste: Many Medicare patients given needless tests before cataract surgery, study finds ? usually 20 percent under Medicare, said one study leader, Dr. R. Adams Dudley of the University of California, San Francisco.It's amazing "how much harm a doctor can do with the wiggle of their pen or a check in a box" to...
Once infertile, woman gives birth after surgery

A 30-year-old infertile woman gave birth after surgeons removed her ovaries and re-implanted tissue they treated in a lab, researchers report.
CDC chief picks 6 'winnable battles' in health

...they tend to worry about alienating employees, legislators and advocates, observed Stanton Glantz, a University of California-San Francisco expert on the health effects of smoking. Other top federal health officials have not been as specific...
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Report: Soy no significant effect on cholesterol

...solve the problem (with cholesterol)," said Dr. Michael Crawford, chief of clinical cardiology at University of California San Francisco Medical Center. "If they are radically altering their diet where they're only eating soy in the hopes...
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FDA advises against allowing sperm donation from gay men

NEW YORK - To the dismay of gay-rights activists, the Food and Drug Administration is about to implement new rules recommending that any man who has engaged in homosexual sex in the previous five years be barred from serving as an anonymous sperm donor.
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Study: For mild asthma, less medicine might be right

...medication, including death," cautioned Boushey, director of the Asthma Clinical Research Center at University of California-San Francisco. Also, experts noted the findings do not apply to severe asthma sufferers or to children, who were...
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Doctor is happy in small towns

...have learned to tell when I'm being a therapist and not dad. I have to be really sneaky." The 1995 University of California, San Francisco, Fresno, School of Medicine graduate said he interned at Medical College of Georgia Hospital and then...
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Company touts pills for middle-aged middle class

Just three years since an Ohio salesman started selling penis enlargement pills out of a spare room in his house, his company is raking in more than $200 million a year on unproven palliatives for virtually every malady of the middle-aged middle class.
Breast milk compound kills warts, possibly more dangerous lesions

...removal and various topical solutions. Dr. Karl Beutner, associate clinical professor of dermatology at University of California-San Francisco, said a drug that destroys skin warts also should work against papilloma lesions in the throat, but...
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Study: 'Toxic dust' on computers has chemicals linked to diseases

SAN FRANCISCO -- "Toxic dust" found on computer processors and monitors contains chemicals linked to reproductive and neurological disorders, according to a new study by several environmental groups.
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