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 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 Center for Health Research, click here.

In The News

Medical Devices Lack Safety Evidence, Study Finds - The Wall Street Journal: The majority of moderate- to high-risk medical devices approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration lack publicly available scientific evidence to verify their safety and effectiveness despite requirements in the law, according to a study released Monday. Continue reading
Lack of Publicly Available Scientific Evidence on the Safety and Effectiveness of Implanted Medical Devices - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves about 400 implanted medical devices each year through an abbreviated process called the 510(k) process, which only rarely requires clinical trials (studies of patients). Continue reading

What You Need To Know

WE’VE CHANGED OUR NAME FROM NATIONAL RESEARCH CENTER FOR WOMEN & FAMILIES!

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Some Contraceptives Are Safer Than Others 

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

Foremother and Health Policy Heroes Awards Luncheon

We had a wonderful 2014 Foremother and Health Policy Heroes Awards Luncheon at the Mayflower hotel. To view information about this year, and previous years’ Awards Luncheon, click here. 

June 12, 2014 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.  For more information, contact Maura at md@center4research.org.

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

A video of this groundbreaking conference is now available! To view recordings of the panels or keynote speakers Representative Rosa DeLauro and FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, click here.

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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