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Rate of Investment in Medical Research has Declined in U.S., Increased Globally

From 2004 to 2012, the rate of investment in medical research in the U.S. declined, while there has been an increase in research investment globally, particularly in Asia, according to a study in the January 13 issue ofJAMA.

For the last century, medical research, including public health advances, has been the primary source of and an essential contributor to improvement in the health and longevity of individuals and populations in developed countries. The United States has historically been where research has found the greatest support and has generated more than half the world’s funding for many decades. Few previous analyses have compared medical research in the United States with other developed countries, according to background information in the article.

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