A common allergy reported by people in Montana and other states seeking medical treatment is penicillin. However, a new study suggests most individuals are not actually allergic to this widely used antibiotic. Published in a leading medical journal, the study concluded that 95 percent of the estimated 32 million people believed to be allergic to penicillin can take this medicine without experiencing reactions. Penicillin is an antibacterial drug with a long history of being used to help patients with bacterial infections.
The link between stress and medical errors has long been known, but a new study shows how even short-term stress can lead to mistakes in the operating room. Montana residents may want to know the results before they go under the knife. After all, medical errors are to blame for 250,000 to 440,000 deaths every year in the U.S.
The symptoms that determine which type of dementia a person has can resemble each other and make misdiagnosis possible. Families in Montana with a loved one presenting symptoms of possible dementia could learn about the different types and strive to communicate symptoms to physicians as clearly as possible. An accurate diagnosis could lead to treatment that prolongs a person's quality of life.
Doctor burnout is a widespread issue that affects medical professionals in Montana and across the U.S. According to a national survey published by Mayo Clinic Proceedings, more than half of doctors practicing in America are burned out, and thus more likely to make mistakes. The survey asked almost 6,700 hospital and clinic doctors about issues like fatigue, depression, suicidal thoughts, medical errors, workplace safety and symptoms of burnout.
Expecting mothers in Montana have every right to get excellent care when they go into the hospital to give birth. However, women across the United States are facing an ongoing increase in maternal death and injury in childbirth. This is in striking contradiction to the global trend in other developed countries. While the maternal mortality and injury rate has dropped significantly in most developed countries, it has continued to rise in the United States. Each year, around 50,000 mothers are injured during childbirth while another 700 lose their lives.
In Montana and around the world, 25 percent of all cases of cancer are attributed to breast cancer, which is the most common type of the disease among women. Due to the prevalence of breast cancer, significant scientific research has been dedicated to improving early detection of the disease. By discovering and treating breast cancer early on, survival rates can be substantially improved. The ongoing research has shown results as current survival rates have improved and are now high in comparison to other types of cancer.
As the death rate from cancer climbed in past years, the focus of the medical community was to limit deaths through increased treatment. However, in recent years the death rate from cancer in Montana and around the country has fallen. This has led researchers to wonder if cancer patients are now overtreated, which could lead to medical malpratice. According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, they believe the answer to that question may be yes.
A new study has found that one in four optical patients in Montana and across the United States are misdiagnosed during their eye exams. Researchers at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, carried out the study and found that approximately 25 percent of patients who had age-related macular degeneration (AMD) were misdiagnosed by eye professionals.
Many Montana residents depend on mobile apps to make their lives easier, but a new study found that apps could also help them get better medical care. The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
Misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose a severe illness like cancer can be a significant fear for patients visiting the doctor or going to the hospital in Montana and across the country. There can be serious consequences of an incorrect diagnosis or other doctor error, because people can receive incorrect and potentially harmful treatment while lacking much-needed treatment for their actual disorder. This can lead to a declining health condition or even the possibility of the disease becoming untreatable. This means that for health institutions concerned about both liability and patient care, reducing diagnostic errors is a priority.