Researchers in Florida investigates coronavirus impact on lung tissue
Gainesville, Florida – To gain more insight into COVID-19 and how it impacts people differently, researchers at the University of Florida are working with human lung tissue.
Researchers have gathered a library of samples since July, from more than 33 donors representing numerous risk factors, such as smoking obesity, and diabetes.
“What makes our system unique is that we were able to cryopreserve that lung so we were able to freeze it back and then thaw it out again and it’s still viable and living and able to be infected so that makes a scalable model because we can repeatedly go back and assess the same donor over and over again,” said Dr. Matthew Shaller, assistant professor in the UF College of Medicine’s division of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine.
Depending on someone’s health status a better understanding of lung function with COVID among various patient populations can ultimately lead to better treatment therapies.
A report in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests getting off antidepressants causes most people to relapse into depression.
According to researchers in the U.K. who followed almost 500 patients with chronic depression, more than half the participants who went off their meds reported symptoms within a year.
The current medical guidance is to continue antidepressants a few months after depression symptoms stop.