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New beginnings for health research.

Three months into fiscal 1986, President Reagan and Congress have approved an '86 budget for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Bethesda, Md.-based research center gets $5.5 billion, up from Reagan's initial $4.85 billion proposal (SN: 2/9/85, p. 85). Congress and Reagan approaved the budget in December, but the final figure could change as a result of federal budget-cutting efforts. Included in the budget is about $141 million of the $244 million Department of Health and Human Services outlay for AIDS research.

In Separate action, Congress overrode a presidential veto and established an arthritis institute and a center for nursing research at NIH. NIH, the Chicago-based American Medical Association and other organizations fought the override, saying it called for too much congressional direction of scientific research.

And Otis Bowen, an Indiana physician and politician (SN: 11/16/85, p. 308), was confirmed as the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, NIH's parent agency.
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Title Annotation:federal budget appropriations
Publication:Science News
Date:Jan 4, 1986
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