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Commentary: Double the NIH's budget to prevent future economic crisis

Proposing to double the NIH's budget may seem counterintuitive when the federal debt and deficit are high, but only through investments in research can the nation stave off the potential economic crisis posed by the costs of treating cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and other chronic conditions, writes Jed Manocherian, founder and chairman of ACT for NIH. "With so much at stake, NIH should receive increases in funding commensurate with the impending health and financial crisis, yet the federal budget allocates a mere 1% towards medical research," Manocherian writes.

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