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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

09/09/2014: “U.S. Science Suffering from Booms and Busts in Funding” by Richard Harris and Robert Benincasa, NPR

08/26/2014: “Now is the Time to Invest in NIHExternal Web Site Policy by Vivian Lee, Deseret News

08/21/2014: Crisis in Medical Research Portends a Disease TsunamiExternal Web Site Policy by Llewellyn King, The News Tribune

06/16/2014: “The U.S. Should Invest in Science, Not WarExternal Web Site Policy by Steven Salzberg, Forbes

06/13/2014: “Time to Speak Up for ResearchExternal Web Site Policy by John Edward Porter, Science

05/05/2014: “Major Women’s Health Study Paid Big DividendsExternal Web Site Policy by Barbara Bronson Gray, Health Day

05/04/2014: “Budget Squeeze Jeopardizes Search for CuresExternal Web Site Policy by Editorial Board, USA Today

04/03/2014: “University-based Research: Always a WinnerExternal Web Site Policy by Bernie Machen, Huffington Post

03/23/2014: “America’s Underappreciated Entrepreneur: The Federal GovernmentExternal Web Site Policy by Teresa Tritch, The New York Times

02/17/2014: “Government Funding Has Been Key to New Cancer VaccinesExternal Web Site Policy by Arthur Allen, The Washington Post

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This page last reviewed on November 12, 2014

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