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

Cur is crowdfunding a medical device that isn’t cleared by the FDA, and that’s a problem - A company called Cur is developing a promising new pain-relieving product, according to Mashable, Fast Company, and PC World. Problem is, the company is doing it by launching a $50,000 crowdfunding campaign on its own website prior to filing for the necessary FDA clearance. The move could doom the product before it ever hits the market — or it could point to a glaring loophole in FDA regulations. Continue reading
National Center for Health Research Honors 2015 Foremothers and Health Policy Heroes at Cosmos Club on Friday - Two trailblazing women and a courageous physician couple will be honored by the National Center for Health Research at its 11th annual luncheon at the Cosmos Club on May 8, the Friday before Mother’s Day. Continue reading
Long-Term Data on Complications Adds to Criticism of Contraceptive Implant - When a new contraceptive implant came on the market over a decade ago, it was considered a breakthrough for women who did not want to have more children, a sterilization procedure that could be done in a doctor’s office in just 10 minutes. Continue reading
Bill to Speed Approvals for Drugs Is Cut Back - Legislation that would have accelerated the pace of federal drug approvals in a way that critics said threatened to erode patient safety was formally released this week, in a scaled-back version with many of the most controversial provisions left out. Continue reading
Diet Drug Companies Spent $60 Million Since 2010 Amid Push to Win FDA Approval for New Products - In the months before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration did an about-face on diet drugs, agency officials participated in a series of meetings at George Washington University.
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Upcoming Events

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

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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