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

FDA reviewing safety of Essure birth control implant - June 25, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators are reviewing the safety of an implantable contraception device after receiving reports of unusual side effects from patients, including fatigue, depression and weight gain. The Food and Drug Administration says those problems have … Continue reading
Letters to Annie: Why Did This Healthy Young Woman Die in Her Sleep? - Rodale.com, June 4, 2015. There’s a new mystery unfolding online, and reading it could save your life or the life of someone you know. Continue reading
Hope for children’s rare drug approval process - USA Today, June 7, 2015. Advocates for children with rare diseases are watching closely a congressional effort to streamline the nation's drug approval process because the bill includes a provision that would extend a federal program that rewards companies making remedies for these young patients. Continue reading
Breasts, buttocks and botox – the surprising trends in plastic surgery - The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) released  the detailed figures on cosmetic surgery in 2014, and Euronews outlined seven surprising trends from the US. Among them: Men and boys having their ‘breasts’ reduced The number of male teenagers in … Continue reading
F.B.I. Investigates Whether Harm From Surgical Power Tool Was Ignored - By DENISE GRADY and KATIE THOMAS MAY 27, 2015 The Federal Bureau of Investigation has begun looking into whether medical device makers, doctors and hospitals broke the law by failing to report problems linked to a power tool used during … 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.


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