Senate bolsters NIH funding to $34B: 5 takeaways on the Senate's yearly funding bill

This year's Senate spending bill allotted an additional $2 billion to the National Institute of Health, bringing the agency's total budget to nearly $34 billion, according to The Hill.

Here are five takeaways:

1. The additional NIH funding is due to negotiations between Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). Sen. Blunt leads the Senate subcommittee on health funding, and Sen. Murray is Washington's first female senator.

2. While many research advocates applaud the funding boost, others are concerned as to whether the funding will come from other health agencies such as the CDC.

3. Also included in the Senate's funding bill is nearly $300 million for President Obama's precision medicine initiative, a $100 million increase.

4. The bill also will add almost $126 million for the health department's opioid anti-abuse programs and nearly $53 million to fight antibiotic resistance.

5. On Monday, the Alzheimer's Association said the bill added $400 million more for Alzheimer's research.

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