Virtually all of the groundbreaking drugs and medical treatments that save or extend human lives are the result of research on animals, from the tests on dogs and fish that resulted in insulin to treat diabetes to a current canine study of a vaccine for brain cancer, writes Liz Hodge of the Foundation for Biomedical Research. "The cures we dream of will be possible because scientists are studying diseases in animals," she writes. "Animal research is saving and extending both human and animal lives."
Israeli researchers said they have formulated a chlorhexidine varnish that can be used to treat lumpy jaw disease, an illness that has been linked to the deaths of about 40% of the kangaroos at a wildlife park in northern Israel. Researchers hope to make the treatment, patterned after a drug used for treating human oral diseases, available for dogs and cats.
The two-year extension of Bush-era tax cuts won't help small businesses start hiring again, owners say. "They've got a noose around small business. I've got no money to reinvest," said Brad Schulman, owner of Green Planet Bottling. Schulman and other business owners say other policy changes are needed, including better access to capital and a long-term reduction in taxes to allow for better planning.
A TV show titled "Everyday Edisons" is searching for innovative products aimed at improving the quality of life of pets, which have become an integral part of American households. According to the AVMA, more than 50% of U.S. families own an indoor pet, a dramatic change from 50 years ago when cats and dogs mainly lived outdoors.