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Medical Research Matters to Louisiana

Tell LA's members of Congress to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health now!

Research funded by the National Institutes of Health saves lives and improves the health of all Americans. In Louisiana this year there are some 82,000 people with Alzheimer's disease and more than 6,900 people will die from cancer and over 5,700 people from heart disease. These facts make NIH research particularly important.

But did you know that NIH research also improves Louisiana's economy?

Last year, organizations in Louisiana received 270 grants from the NIH totaling $130 million. This funding in turn helped to support more than 3,700 jobs and contributed to over $400 million in economic activity in Louisiana.

But that doesn't come close to what the NIH is really capable of. Congress has shortchanged the the NIH budget for more than a decade now, delaying progress toward cures and diminishing the economic impact in our state.

Congress can fix this! It can include increased funding for the NIH in the year-end spending bill that will be voted on soon.

Send a message to Louisiana's senators and representatives, urging them to improve the health and economic well-being of our state and to increase funding for the NIH now.

Fund NIH. Fund hope.