Without the benefits of medical research, the human lifespan would be much shorter than it is today. In order to continue making medical breakthroughs, we must find ways to fund and support research of diseases and cures. If you’re on the fence about donating to a medical research foundation or participating in studies yourself, here are a few of the top reasons to support medical research in any way possible.
Eradication of Deadly Diseases
We have medical researchers to thank for the eradication of deadly and, at one time, rampant disease. Smallpox was once a common and devastating disease, killing up to 35% of the people who contracted it and leaving survivors with serious side effects like blindness. With the introduction of the smallpox vaccine, smallpox was eradicated in the United States in the 1970s and is no longer considered a concern. Similarly, polio was a widespread disease prior to 1955 when the vaccine became available to the public. The two types of polio vaccines, IPV and OPV, are now routinely given to children at ages two months, four months, and six to 18 months to prevent the disease. Since the discovery and implementation of these important vaccines, the American public is now much less susceptible to diseases that were once devastating.
Reduce the Chance of Serious Illness
Although you might not think of influenza, or the flu, as a serious illness, it is for many people. Medical research has provided insight into how this disease works, and flu vaccines are available each year. Since research has shown that the strain of flu changes periodically, scientists are able to develop new, effective flu vaccines.
Improve Quality of Life
Countless new medications have been developed in order to improve quality of life for patients. For everything from diabetes to macular degeneration, there are drugs available to improve someone’s quality of life and ease or control symptoms. Of course, these medications wouldn’t be available without the use of medical research and extensive testing in both animals and humans. In order for new medications to become available, funding of medical research must continue.
Find New Breakthroughs
Although medical research has made great strides, there are still numerous diseases that have a poor outcome, like cancer and ALS. With continued funding of medical research, it’s possible that cures might be developed in the future to cure these life-threatening diseases.
Increase Life Expectancy
Babies born in 1900 were only expected to live until age 50. With the introduction of vaccines and the discovery of new treatment methods, the life expectancy is now over 80 years old in many countries. As medical research continues, it’s expected that life spans will increase even more.
Decrease Infant Mortality Rate
In the past, the infant mortality rate was high and a large number of babies did not survive until their first year. In developed countries, the infant mortality rate is now extremely low due to the implementation of vaccines shortly after birth and into their first few years. Babies have a fragile immune system, which makes them susceptible to contracting diseases. Most American babies receive the chicken pox vaccine, influenza vaccine, polio vaccine, measles, mumps and rubella vaccines to reduce their risk of developing these preventable diseases.
Contribute to Medical Research
If you feel passionate about contributing to medical research, there are several ways to fulfill this goal. Bruce Eaton, President and CEO at Velocity Sciences, Inc. in Colorado is conducting exciting new research, and the establishment takes pride in their ability to research and create affordable products to improve quality of life. Donating to medical funding is often the simplest way to contribute to the development of new treatments and vaccines, as you can donate as much and as often as you like.
Participate in Medical Studies
If you’re not able to contribute financially, you can choose to be a participant in a medical study. This hands-on way of furthering important research is usually convenient for those who live nearby to a study, and you might even be able to receive compensation for your time. This is also a great way to receive low-cost treatment for illnesses or conditions that have been chronic and bothersome. For example, if you need to have your wisdom teeth extracted but you don’t have the funds to pay an oral surgeon, look up wisdom teeth studies in your area to see if you might qualify. You might not receive strong pain medication if you’re selected, but you will receive treatment and help doctors gain further insight.
Unfortunately, many people don’t fully realize the impact of medical research. As a result, this important venture is often underfunded, and it takes longer than necessary to find new treatments or cures. If you have a cause that you’re interested in contributing to, do a quick search to find a reputable foundation to donate to, or participate in a study yourself to assist doctors find effective treatment methods.
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Leona helps pass along her knowledge of lifestyle to others. After graduating from the University with a degree in philosophy she worked as a lecturer before jumping into the world of fashion, lifestyle. She is a freelance writer and an editor. She substitute teaches at the local elementary school and is continually surprised by how much she loves it.