About Us

The National Center for Health Research is the new name for the National Research Center for Women & Families. We promote the health and safety of adults and children by using the latest research-based information to encourage new, more effective treatments, programs, and policies. To read more about us, check for job openings and more, click here.

In The News

Politicians want to speed up drug approvals. That could backfire. November 24, 2015, Washington Post. Two new studies show faster drug approvals don’t help people with Alzheimer’s, cancer, depression, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s. Continue reading
What would impact of 21st Century Cures Act be on your healthcare costs and the lives of Alzheimer’s patients? A controversial proposed new health law would have had a terrible impact on the lives of Alzheimer’s patients and their families, who would have spent billions on medications that don’t work and can cause cancer. Continue reading
The 21st Century Cures Act could be a harmful step backward November 19, 2015. The Washington Post. Precision medicine is the next big thing in health care, and it’s also one of the few health goals that Congress and the White House agree on. But while we await treatments targeting the precise genetic makeups of individuals and diseases, medical researchers still are not paying enough attention to the most important kinds of differences among patients: those of sex, age and race. Continue reading
Experts Weigh In on 21st Century Cures Act November 18, 2015. Medscape. Experts answer questions about the 21st Century Cures Act. Continue reading
Understanding the controversies over a groundbreaking new health care law August 10, 2015. Milbank Quarterly. The House of Representatives did something surprising: They passed a groundbreaking health care law with strong bipartisan support. That sounds like good news. However, this groundbreaking health care law is almost as controversial as the previous one. Continue reading

Sign On To Our Letter To Congress

Congress is working on a law called 21st Century Cures that would lower the standards for new medical products.. Congress says it will benefit patients, but to be a “cure” a treatment should actually help patients, not just enrich stockholders.

If you want safe medications instead of expensive, ineffective ones, please add your name to this letter. To learn more about the problems with this bill, click here.


Find out how to apply to attend our Patient Advocacy Workshop in Washington DC!

Our annual Awards Luncheon was held on May 8 this year. See our photos here and our press release here. To see our previous honorees, click here.

What You Need To Know

Latest Study Results of Essure Contraceptive

See our 2015 survey results about problems with Essure permanent birth control.

Letters to Annie

Find out about our #LetterstoAnnie project. What killed Annie, a healthy young woman? How can you protect yourself or your daughter? Each week, we will unravel the mystery through letters from Annie’s mom to her daughterwww.letterstoannie.org

Congress is up to something and only you can stop them!  

If you think Americans deserve good health care and successful companies should pay taxes, click here. For an infographic about the medical device tax, click here. Is there evidence that the device tax is hurting jobs and innovation? Click here. What about your state?

Some Contraceptives Are Safer Than Others 

If you or a loved one have been harmed by a birth control pill or implant, click here.

Patient Advocacy Workshop

Patient advocates from across the country joined us for a day of training to learn more about the FDA process and how patients can have their voices heard.

“Evidence for New Medical Products: Implications for Patients and Health Policy”

See a video of our groundbreaking conference with Harvard and AAAS here.

Is that Screening Necessary? Physician Experts Say Maybe Not

25 major medical groups recommended which medical tests you DON’T need.  Why pay for tests that might even hurt you?

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. Read why. Or read about all your birth control options.

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