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Majority of Americans say new Congress should take immediate action to expand medical research
Date:1/9/2013

onsistently, our polls have shown that Americans value research and believe it's part of the solution to what ails us," said Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley. "The return on investment is demonstrated in medical breakthroughs that have made diseases that were considered a death sentence into treatable conditions."

Twenty years ago, AIDS ranked as the number-one health concern among Americans. Since then, research has saved countless lives and continues to drive progress. The number one health concern in 2012 was the cost of health care.

Among notable highlights in the booklet:

  • 78% of Americans believe that it is important that the U.S. work to improve health globally through research and innovation.

  • 70% of Americans believe that the government should encourage science, technology, mathematics and engineering (STEM) careers.

  • Nearly half (48%) believe government investment in health research for military veterans and service members is not enough.

  • 66% of Americans are willing to share personal health information to advance medical research if appropriate privacy protections were used.

  • 75% say it's important to conduct research to eliminate health disparities.

  • Only 1 in 5 (19%) know research is conducted in every state.


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Contact: Anna Briseno
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571-482-2737
Research!America
Source:Eurekalert

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