Millions Spent, but Billions Gained

May 5, 2014 9:15 PM

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Millions Spent, but Billions Gained

The $260 million Women's Health Initiative (WHI) was one of the most expensive studies ever funded by the NIH, but the trial's unexpected outcome led to a net return that amounted to billions of dollars, a modeling study found.

Using disease-simulation modeling, researchers determined that the WHI caused 4.3 million fewer women than would have been expected to use estrogen plus progestin hormone therapy over the last decade, resulting in 126,000 fewer breast cancers, 76,000 fewer cases of cardiovascular disease, and 80,000...

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