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

US healthcare: Power to the patients? Financial Times, May 22, 2016. Families of boys suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy push for approval of a new medicine because there are no other treatments. But scientists point out that there is no evidence that the drug works. Does it set a dangerous precedent for FDA to approve a new drug based on patients’ claims rather than science? Continue reading
Why we shouldn’t trade a weakened FDA for more medical research funds STAT, May 17, 2016. In a quest to bring new medical products to Americans, Congress is considering a grand bargain, but it may benefit pharmaceutical companies more than patients. Continue reading
Experts Decry Tying Medical Research Funds to FDA Standards Changes Wall Street Journal, May 12, 2016. Moves in Congress to link billions of dollars in new medical research funding to revised standards for drug and medical-device approvals are troubling some public-health experts, who say the combination makes it too easy for lawmakers to support lower patient-safety standards. Continue reading
Press Release: National Center for Health Research Honors 2016 Foremothers and Health Policy Heroes May 9, 2016. Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, journalist Judy Woodruff, and Civil Rights champion Elaine Jones will be honored as trailblazing “Foremothers” and two heroes from Flint, Michigan will be honored as Health Policy Heroes at our annual Awards Luncheon at the Mayflower Hotel. Continue reading
Big money stem-cell therapy push raises concerns Politico, April 29, 2016. We explain why the REGROW Act is an effort to short-circuit the FDA’s “gold standard” for drug approvals and why it shows “a lack of understanding of the importance of well-designed research.” 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.

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