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

Faster Drug Approval: Winners and Losers - HealthZette, June 28, 2016. By the time a drug is approved by the Federal Drug Administration, it’s been through extensive human clinical trials. There are so many obstacles to greenlighting any new medication or treatment, in fact, that it seems like it can take forever — with countless lives lost in the meantime. Continue reading
Women’s Health Bills are now in Committee - Legal Reader, June 28, 2016. Three important pieces of legislation, one introduced last year and two introduced this month, could change the way certain women’s health issues are handled. These women’s health bills are now in Committee. Continue reading
National Center for Health Resarch Joins Other Safety Advocates to Applaud IKEA Recall, Emphasize Need for Consumer Awareness - June 28, 2016 On June 28, 2016 the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and IKEA announced the recall of 29 million IKEA Malm dressers responsible for the deaths of three toddlers in tip-over accidents. IKEA has agreed to immediately stop selling … Continue reading
Ikea Will Stop Selling a Dresser Cited in the Deaths of Three Children - By Claire Zillman, Fortune June 28, 2016 Ikea will stop selling one of its most iconic items—a low-cost dresser that’s a staple of college dorms and starter apartments—and will offer refunds to the millions of customers who have purchased the unit going … Continue reading
Republicans seize on reports critiquing FDA to push for agency reforms - STAT, June 15, 2016. Has Congress’s watchdog agency just given Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander the ammunition he needs to push a stalled biomedical reform through the Senate? The Government Accountability Office on Wednesday issued two critical reports suggesting that the Food and Drug Administration isn’t properly planning how to keep pace with medical science. Continue reading


See photos of our 2016 annual Awards Luncheon, which was held on Monday, May 9. 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.