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

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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What Do Stakeholders Think Of FDA’s Latest Effort To Get Patients Timelier Access To Devices? - The FDA April 8 released two final guidance documents that will help provide timely patient access to high-quality, safe and effective medical devices for unmet medical needs…Not everyone is pleased with the guidance, however. Continue reading
Women share concerns about permanent birth control device with FDA - WJLA-TV (ABC NEWS), April 2, 2015. NCHR president Dr. Zuckerman accompanied women harmed by Essure permanent birth control to meet with FDA officials. They told FDA that women in terrible pain from Essure got no help from their doctors and then were dumped from the company’s clinical trials. This made the study results look better so that Essure would be approved. Continue reading
Essure Permanent Contraception Device: Not so Permanent and Many Side Effects - Accurate information about how well Essure works and its long-term safety are essential so that women who do not want more children can make an informed choice regarding their contraceptive options. Continue reading
Are We Asking the Wrong Questions about Campus Sexual Assault? - Rodale.com, March 10, 2015. This year, 173 people in the U.S. came down with the measles, and that is being treated as an epidemic requiring urgent action. Surely, campus rape deserves at least as much public health attention. Continue reading

Upcoming Events

Join us for our first annual Stop Cancer Now Lap-a-Thon at Tuscarora H.S. in Leesburg, VA on April 26th at 11 am! Here are the details!

Our annual Foremothers Luncheon will be held on May 8 this year. Find out how to reserve your ticket here. Please join us! To see last year’s Foremothers Luncheon, 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?

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. Read why. Or read about all your birth control options.

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