Research has many positive effects on children and/or families.
A family I know has felt the effects of research within their own family. Their young son (he is four years old) has recently been diagnosed with Lyme’s disease. Yet, before this diagnosis his parents were baffled at what was wrong with their son. After many trips to the doctor and nothing changing they began researching what diseases and sicknesses coincided with his symptoms. After much research they finally came across one article that listed most of the same symptoms their son had. The research article described the severity of each symptom. They scheduled another appointment at the doctor and brought the research they had found with them. It was with this article that they were able to get referred to the best Lyme disease doctor in the country. After waiting a few months for an appointment they finally saw the doctor and found out their son did indeed have Lyme disease.
They have spoken a ton since this diagnosis on the need for more research finding on the disease and how to treat the disease. With more research they can hope to make more people aware about the disease. Further, they can find better ways to treat the disease. Without the research article they may still be looking for answers. Thankfully, now they are working on treatment plans for their little boy. As research is still very limited on treating children as young as their son, both the family and doctors are still looking for answers. Some of these answers will come through future research.