These sources consist of legitimate science or are evidence based through the use of credible scientific sourcing. Legitimate science follows the scientific method, is unbiased and does not use emotional words. These sources also respect the consensus of experts in the given scientific field and strive to publish peer reviewed science. Some sources in this category may have a slight political bias, but adhere to scientific principles. See all Pro-Science sources.
- Overall, we rate the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Pro-Science based on advocacy and publication of researched work by experts in the field.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1887, The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is a biomedical research facility primarily located in Bethesda, Maryland. An agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services is the primary agency of the United States government responsible for biomedical and health-related research. The NIH comprises 27 separate institutes and centers that conduct research in different disciplines of biomedical science. According to their about page “The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is the nation’s medical research agency — making important discoveries that improve health and save lives.”
Funded by / Ownership
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is overseen by the US Department of Health and Human Services with funding through the US government. To allocate funds, the NIH must first obtain its budget from Congress. They also receive funding from donors.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the website for NIH contains information on diseases and medical conditions broken down by symptoms, causes, and treatments as well as clinical trials they are working on to combat disease. The website frequently covers Coronavirus from a scientific perspective such as this Cancer Clinical Trials during Coronavirus: Information for People with Cancer. Articles often link to external sources such as Cancer.gov. In general, the NIH is a highly respected pro-science website.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Pro-Science based on advocacy and publication of researched work by experts in the field. (D. Van Zandt 8/26/2016) Updated (7/3/2020)