Portugal asks other European partners for COVID jabs

Portugal has asked other European countries for supplies of coronavirus vaccines to help accelerate its inoculation campaign, Health Minister Marta Temido said on Tuesday. Lisbon “has made a huge effort” to “receive more vaccines”, the minister said at the end of a meeting of experts to review the health situation. Around 45 percent of the

Long-Term Outcomes Better Than Expected for Many With Severe TBI

Long-term outcomes for a significant proportion of patients with severe brain injury are better than expected, in new findings that caution against making early, definitive prognoses of poor outcomes and decisions to withdraw life-sustaining treatment. Investigators found patients with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) frequently demonstrated major functional gains, including recovery of independence

Inhaled dry powder formulation of broad-spectrum antiviral against COVID-19 and influenza

The collaborative research team formed by the Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy and Department of Microbiology, LKS Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong (HKUMed), has developed an inhalable dry powder formulation of tamibarotene, a repurposed drug that exhibits broad-spectrum antiviral activity against SARS-CoV-2, MERS-CoV and influenza A H1N1 virus following pulmonary delivery. The

Stem cell treatments alleviate muscular dystrophy symptoms in compassionate-use study

Results of a compassionate-use study released in Stem Cells Translational Medicine show promising results for treating muscular dystrophies with mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) derived from Wharton’s jelly (WJ), a substance found in the umbilical cord. Led by doctors at Klara Medical Center (KMC), Czestochowa, Poland, these WJ-MSC treatments resulted in significant improvement in several body

Mayo Clinic Again Named Best Hospital in US for Gynecology

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, again this year ranked as the top hospital for gynecology, according to US News and World Report, which released its annual rankings today. The top five hospitals for gynecology were the same this year and were in the same order. In second place again this year was Memorial Sloan

Never too late: Cancer centers push patients to quit smoking

When cancer patients stop smoking, they heal faster, experience fewer side effects from treatment and lower their chances of tumors returning. Now, top cancer hospitals are helping patients quit as evidence mounts that it’s never too late. The newest research, reported Monday, shows lung cancer patients who stopped smoking gained nearly two years of life

Healthcare for Older Immigrants Sees Momentum Among States

CHICAGO (AP) — Most mornings, 62-year-old Maria Elena Estamilla wakes up with pelvic pain and dread that she faces the same fate as her mother and grandmother: fatal cervical cancer. The Chicago woman’s last full medical exam was in 2015 and she sees no options for care as a Mexican immigrant without permission to live

Sparked by Pandemic Fallout, Homeschooling Surges Across US

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Although the pandemic disrupted family life across the U.S. since taking hold in spring 2020, some parents are grateful for one consequence: They’re now opting to homeschool their children, even as schools plan to resume in-person classes. The specific reasons vary