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Reports point to painful and costly reality of medical errors

Recent reports show that the United States has a serious problem with medical errors. They happen every single day, often with catastrophic results. These errors are in large part caused by miscommunication among doctors, hospital staff and pharmacists, with medication errors being the most common types of mistakes.

Montana youths facing risk of injury in oil fields

In today's uncertain economic climate, many high school graduates throughout Montana are choosing not to go to college and instead take to the oil fields for a sure paycheck. While these young people could begin a job with a starting salary of $50,000, the risk of serious oil field injuries is still a reality.

Montana community shaken by fatal pedestrian accident

A 16-year-old boy and his friend were walking along an unlit road in unincorporated Lockwood when a 71-year-old man in a pickup truck approached them from behind. The truck hit the teen who was nearest to the road. He later died of his injuries.

Surgical errors: Shocking data in new study of 'never events'

They're called "never events": surgical errors that are completely preventable and should never happen. But these surgical errors do happen, and they happen at an alarming rate, according to a recent study.

Study: MRIs better than CT scans in detecting brain injuries

Montanans with brain injury concerns will be interested in a recent study that compares CT scans and MRI scans, and how well each technique can predict the long-term effects of brain injuries. CT scans are typically used to evaluate the extent of brain injuries, but the study suggests that MRIs are better suited for making such predictions.

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