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Doubling cats’ lifespan with vaccine;

Doctor try to prevent kidney issues with AIM

 There has been a breakthrough in feline health vaccines by a Japanese doctor named Dr.Toru Miyazaki. This vaccine has AIM  protein, which is found in the blood. This protein is said to improve kidney function. AIM stands for apoptosis inhibitor macrophage, or stops the death of white blood cells that eats and digests foreign material inside the body.

      Miyazaki  has been developing medication that may substantially extend the lifespan of cats for six years and it has been tested on animals such as mice, and cats already. In response to this Ms. Meagan Neyens, a  cat lover who has three cats of her own, says, “Six years is really not that long when you consider the vaccine would double the lifespan of the animal. I would need more information on what the vaccine does and how it does it.”  

     On average, kidney disease is the most common disease among cats, this is due to poor diet or the animal being obese. AIM “ flags exactly where the waste is. AIM itself does not dissolve problem cells; rather, other cells like macrophages come along to eat them,” says Miyazaki.

   “30 years is twice the natural lifespan of a cat, so what would that look like? What would the quality of life be for that cat?”  Neyens is “iffy” on the claim of expanding a cat’s lifespan because as she stated, it would be doubling a cat’s life. There are other ailments or physical issues that a cat might face in its lifetime. So AIM targeting only one of them would solve all the problems, only the specific ones. Tests done on thousands of cats showed that the vaccine had decreased the likelihood of kidney disease or even eradicating it. 

     Neyens adds, “My cats are very important to me. Like most people, I view my pets as part of my family…I would do what I can to help make sure they are healthy.” She adds that she would “provide a healthy environment for them (food, exercise) and take them to the vet for regular check-ups. If my cat needed surgery or medication for a specific ailment, I would spend money on that. I just spent $500 on tooth extraction for one of my cats!”

   . Miyazaki also says that he is forced to make the vaccine affordable for all cat owners. He also plans on furthering his research so that in the future AIM can be used on humans. “I have witnessed many people passing away due to incurable illnesses, so I feel strongly about eventually using AIM to treat

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