About Us

The National Center for Health Research analyzes and explains the latest research-based information that patients, policy makers, and the public can use to improve their own health and to develop better health programs and policies.   The U.S. has the most expensive healthcare in the world, but we don’t live as long as men and women in Europe, Australia, or Canada. Our name was formerly the National Research Center for Women & Families. To read more about us, check for job openings and more, click here.

In The News

Summary of: Breast Implants, Self-Esteem, Quality of Life, and the Risk of Suicide - Breast augmentation is the most common cosmetic surgery in the US, but studies have shown that suicide rates are higher for women with implants. Continue reading
Kids with ADHD do better with therapy first, study finds - NBC News, April 27, 2016. National Center for Health Research weighs in on behavioral training programs for children with ADHD. Continue reading
Safety groups urge government to recall Ikea dresser - By Daniel Diclerico, Consumer Reports April 27, 2016   Three deaths from falling furniture prompt urgent call for action from Consumer Reports and its partners Following a report last week by the Philadelphia Inquirer that the death of a 22-month-old boy … Continue reading
When will presidential candidates ask, “What do women want in health care?” - May 2016, AJPH. Even before Nicolas Kristof asked why presidential candidates are ignoring women’s health, our guest editorial asked the candidates to ask women what they want in health care. Continue reading
FDA panel votes against Sarepta’s drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy - STAT, April 25, 2016. A federal advisory panel voted Monday that a drug from Sarepta Therapeutics was not effective for treating Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a rare and fatal muscle-wasting disease. About 13,000 children, mostly boys, are afflicted. Continue reading


Our 2016 annual Awards Luncheon will be held on Monday, May 9.  Reserve tickets now! See our 2015 photos and program information here. To see our previous honorees, click here. Find out how to apply to attend our 2016 Patient Advocacy Workshop in Washington DC!

Sign On To Our Letter To Congress

Congress is working on a law 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.

What You Need To Know

Misleading Drug Ads

Do you think drug ads are providing helpful information or selling us a fantasy about miracle cures?

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

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.

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. For updates on what we've been up to at the NCHR, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.