Top stories in health and medicine, April 10, 2015

medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Health IT: ‘We Were Bound To Be Disappointed’. Robert Wachter, MD, works an hour north of Silicon Valley. Being surrounded by an “incredibly dynamic, vibrant IT ecosystem” contributed to a sense of disconnect for the associate chairman of medicine at the University of California San Francisco.
  2. Americans Miss WHO Sodium Targets — By Wide Margin. If the World Health Organization targets for sodium and potassium are a competition, Americans are running a 20-minute mile and doing belly flops off the diving board.
  3. Allopurinol Doesn’t Worsen Acute Gout Attacks. Initiating allopurinol during an acute gout attack doesn’t adversely affect the resolution of the attack.
  4. Mammography’s $4-Billion Problem. For too many women, breast cancer screening does more harm than good.

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