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

A Congressional Attempt To Speed The Development Of Lifesaving Treatments - NPR, July 30, 2015. Listen to NCHR president Dr. Diana Zuckerman explain her concerns about a new health bill. Continue reading
Delayed scrutiny: Problems with birth control device expose gaps in FDA oversight - Modern Healthcare, July 25, 2015. More than 19,000 women have joined a Facebook support group called Essure Problems. Many have reported debilitating abdominal pain, heavy bleeding and large weight fluctuations. They claim these side effects were not disclosed to them by the manufacturer or their doctors, and that their complaints have been dismissed for years by the device manufacturer, physicians and the federal government. Continue reading
CMS panel moderately confident that some PAD treatments warrant national coverage - Healio, July 22, 2015. “We have a conflict between what we know logically should work [and] data that … just aren’t very good,” panel member Diana Zuckerman, PhD, president of the National Center for Health Research Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund, said. She was one of several panelists who emphasized the need for more long-term data. Continue reading
After health care act, sharp drop in spending on birth control - The New York Times, July 7, 2015. Out-of-pocket spending on most major birth control methods fell sharply in the months after the Affordable Care Act began requiring insurance plans to cover contraception at no cost to women, a new study has found. Continue reading
House overwhelmingly passes 21st Century Cures Act - Modern Healthcare, July 10, 2015. In a rare act of bipartisanship, House members voted 344-77 on Friday in favor of the 21st Century Cures Act, which supporters say will speed the development and regulatory approval of medical breakthroughs. Critics say that speed would come at the expense of patients’ safety. 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.

Events

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.

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