MEDICAL RESEARCH SAVES LIVES
Each of us has been touched by disease, whether as a patient, a caregiver, or a loved one. From cancer to stroke to opioid addiction to Alzheimer’s disease, no community or family has been left unaffected.
Every 65 seconds, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke, and more than one-third of Americans will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetimes. But discoveries emerging from NIH-funded research have led to new ways to treat, diagnose, and prevent illness, improving health and extending and saving lives.
The return on investment in medical research is exponential. Consider these examples of the impact of NIH-funded therapies on the health and well-being of patients:
- Thanks to recent advancements in gene therapy and decades of NIH-funded research, sickle cell disease is now the first common genetic disorder to have been cured in some patients.