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Impact of NIH Research

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NIH is the leading supporter of biomedical research in the world. This research has had a major positive impact on nearly all of our lives by improving human health, fueling the U.S. economy, and creating jobs in our communities.
Due in large measure to NIH research, a baby born in the United States today can expect to live to nearly age 79 — about three decades longer than one born in 1900. Not only are we living longer, but our quality of life is improving. Over the last quarter century, the proportion of older people with chronic disabilities has dropped by nearly one-third.

NIH also drives job creation and economic growth. NIH research funding directly supports hundreds of thousands of American jobs and serves as a foundation for the medical innovation sector, which employs 1 million U.S. citizens.

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News & Commentary

02/01/2013: “The sequester remains a health threat,”External Web Site Policy by John Edward Porter and Kweisi Mfume, Roll Call (New)

01/25/2013: “Dire Health Consequences May Follow if We Don't Blunt Proposed Slashes in NIH, Research Funding,”External Web Site Policy by Glenn D. Braunstein, Huffington Post (New)

01/22/2013: “A Big Hole Where a Cliff Used to Be,”External Web Site Policy by William T. Talman, Huffington Post (New)

01/16/2013: “NIH Director Francis Collins: Medical research at risk,”External Web Site Policy by Paige Winfield Cunningham, Politico

01/16/2013: “Sequestering Science,”External Web Site Policy by Michael D. Purugganan, Huffington Post

01/15/2013:(Not so) sudden impact,” External Web Site Policy by Jeremy Berg, ASBMB today

12/5/2012: “Federal cuts to medical research would be devastating,” External Web Site Policy by Larry J. Shapiro, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

12/4/2012:“Dwindling federal funds threaten research, lives,” External Web Site Policy by John D’Orazio, Lexington Herald-Leader

12/3/2012:In defense of science: How the Fiscal Cliff could cripple research enterprise,” External Web Site Policy by Puneet Opal, The Atlantic

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This page last reviewed on February 6, 2013

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