About Us

The National Research Center for Women & Families promotes the health and safety of women, children, and families by using objective, research-based information to encourage new, more effective programs and policies. The Center achieves its mission by gathering and analyzing information and translating that information into clearly presented facts and policy implications that are made widely available to the public, the media, and policy makers. To read more about the mission of the National Research Center for Women & Families, click here.

In The News

DNA alternative to Pap smear sparks medical debate - HPV screening is not recommended for women in their 20s because it increases the odds of more invasive testing that can leave the cervix less able to handle pregnancy later in life. Continue reading
FDA warns against procedure to remove uterine fibroids; says it could spread hidden cancer - The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday took the rare step of urging doctors to stop performing a surgical procedure used on tens of thousands of women each year to remove uterine growths, saying the practice risks spreading hidden cancers within a woman’s body. Continue reading

What You Need To Know

2014  Foremother and Health Policy Hero Awards Luncheon 

We are pleased to announce our 2014 Foremother Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 9th at noon at the beautiful Mayflower Hotel. To find more information and RSVP see our invitation.

June 13th, 2014 Conference “Evidence for New Medical Products: Implications for Patients and Health Policy”

On June 13th, join us as we co-host a conference with The American Association for the Advancement of Science and Harvard Medical School explaining the research that our lives depend on.

Is that Screening Necessary? Physician Experts Say Maybe Not

Twenty-five major medical groups made recommendations about the kinds of screening and tests you DON’T need.  Why pay for tests that won’t help and might even hurt? To learn what they say about certain popular tests, check out this article.

FDA asks if an antidepressant and an epilepsy drug should be taken to reduce hot flashes.  We say no.

Read our testimony to the FDA about an antidepressant and an epilepsy drug for the treatment of hot flashes.

What You Need to Know About YAZ Birth Control

YAZ, Yasmin, Beyaz, and other drospirenone hormonal birth control pills have been found to put women at an increased risk for serious blood clots. However, the FDA has not taken the pills off the market or demanded a black box warning. To learn the full story, read our article. For more information about all birth control methods, check out our overview.

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