In contemporary times, while things economically and culturally within the United States are poor, Americans and people across the western world at large still have a lot to be thankful for. In truth, humanity in many aspects in the western world has created the most comfortable and advanced society in history. People are living on average for longer than ever before, and modern medicine continues to rapidly advance. Experts claim that antibiotics have extended the average lifespan by over two decades over the past century. Indeed, when comparing the quality of human life for average and ordinary people in Europe and America today with the realities of existence for common people just 80-100 years ago, things have changed drastically.
In a most recent development, doctors transplanted the kidney of a pig into a brain-dead human in an attempt to experiment utilizing animal organs in humans. The subject, Maurice Miller was by all means deceased; a vegetable, unable to function. But his family acquiesced to the usage of his body in a preserved state for the experiment. For two months, the pig kidney functioned as normal. It was the longest situation recorded in which a genetically modified pig kidney successfully functioned in a human. Scientists have hope for future progress.
Despite these medical developments, diseases remain perplexing and deadly, and no living being can escape death. In the United States, a mystery illness has affected canines in many states. This unknown illness is a respiratory sickness which is known to have affected dogs in Oregon, Colorado and New Hampshire. Thus far it has resulted in the deaths of several dogs, but because there is no current definition of the disease or any way to definitively test for it that exact number is unknown. Symptoms include eye discharge, sneezing, and lethargy. Some cases can progress very quickly and become like pneumonia, seriously hurting the animals in a 24 to 36 hour period.