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Study connects NIH funding patterns to disease advocacy

A new analysis by a UC-Berkeley sociology graduate student connects lobbying money spent on specific diseases to research on those diseases funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Focusing on 53 diseases over a roughly two-decade period, the study found that for every $1,000 spent on lobbying, NIH and the Department of Defense spent an average of $25,000 more on that disease the following year. The study can be found in the October issue of American Sociological Review.

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