Allowing Congress to cut the NIH's budget by $2.5 billion in an effort to reduce the federal budget deficit would set back research on Alzheimer's disease, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and mental health disorders, resulting in soaring health care costs, writes Dr. Glenn Braunstein, vice president of clinical innovation at Cedars-Sinai. NIH research funds have a ripple effect across the economy, and losing billions of research dollars means losing many high-quality jobs as well as a generation of scientists and innovators, he writes. "If we all don't watch out, write and call our members of Congress, we're penning a truly glum prescription for biomedical research and the myriad benefits it brings to our national health," he writes.

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