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Panel Votes to End Prevention Fund, Cut Economics Studies, Freeze NIH

Science  27 Jul 2012:
Vol. 337, Issue 6093, pp. 399
DOI: 10.1126/science.337.6093.399

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Last week, a House of Representatives panel passed a 2013 spending bill that would freeze the budget of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), impose narrowly targeted cuts and restrictions on agencies that pay for science and health care analysis, and potentially strip $787 million from the budget of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The draft bill, reflecting hostility to the Administration's 2010 health care law and a desire to trim the Department of Health and Human Services, would wipe out HHS's Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a backer of evidence-based medicine. It would also bar NIH from funding about $200 million in economics studies.

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