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

House GOP proposes changes for NIH, FDA - The Baltimore Sun: House Republicans are considering significant changes to the way billions of dollars in National Institutes of Health grants are awarded to research institutions under a proposal intended to speed medical breakthroughs. Continue reading
Records: Essure birth control maker, Conceptus, cited for malfunctioning, not reporting complaints - WXYZ Detroit: The 7 Investigators obtained records from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) showing that the original manufacturer of a permanent birth control device, Essure, knew patients were being harmed by the device more than a decade ago. Continue reading

What You Need To Know

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.

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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