In December, the U.S. government spending bill for 2016 raised the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget to $32.1 billion, its largest increase in 12 years. The majority of this budget is used for medical research designed to help treat or find cures for diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes and much more.

It’s an incredible task, and while the money is a starting point, the drugs and treatments resulting from the clinical trials behind the research are where the true benefits will ultimately be realized.

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