The World’s Five Deadliest Diseases and the Animals Helping to Fight Them

The critical need for animals in research has been well-established, but do you know its impact on the world’s deadliest diseases? In the on-going effort to emphasize the benefits of animal studies in treating the world’s five deadliest diseases, NABR has released a brief, easy to digest review of animals in the research to cure coronary artery disease, stroke, lower respiratory infections, chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD), and lung cancer.  Shockingly, 22 million people per year, or 40% of all deaths in the world, occur because of these five diseases.  While these numbers can make the future look bleak, there is hope.

Many animals such as dogs, rabbits, mice, cats, and even ferrets and guinea pigs have contributed to incredible medical breakthroughs which have saved countless lives from these afflictions, and continue to help search for cures every day.  However, it is not just human lives that these animals are saving, animals have also greatly benefited from the research as well.

Dogs were instrumental in developing coronary artery bypass surgery and Taylor, a Doberman-German shepherd mix, was the first to receive open heart surgery to fix a rare congenital defect.  Now even more pets are undergoing the surgery to greatly improve their health and extend their lives.

With animal research breakthroughs, medical treatments are being developed right now to help save the lives of both people and animals, just like Taylor, who are struggling with chronic, severe illness.

Click here to read more about the role animals have played in improving the lives of millions of people afflicted with the five deadliest diseases in the world. Feel free to share this resource with your friends, family, colleagues, and on Facebook and Twitter.