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In 2003, heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease cost an estimated $771 billion.

Investment in Research Saves Lives and Money. http://www.researchamerica.org/advocacy/investment.html. Published 2005

Reference

Title
Investment in Research Saves Lives and Money
Publisher
Research!America
Publication Date
Published 2005
Authors
Research!America
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

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