The National Institutes of Health (NIH in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, is composed of 27 institutes and centers that invest more than $28 billion dollars annually in medical research. Their services are helpful to both researchers and patients.
National Library of Medicine
Located on the NIH campus, this library's collection contains more than 5 million items...and it is open to the public. (You need to register there and have a photo taken if you want to work on-site.) The library's books and journals are also available through interlibrary loan. Go to http://www.nlm.nih.gov for more info.
This is a different library than the NLM. It is located in Building 10 on the NIH campus down an obscure hallway. It has open stacks, longer hours than the NLM, and is well stocked with journals since it is the library used by the NIH staff. It is open to the public and well worth the trip if you are doing your own ITP research. Go to http://nihlibrary.nih.gov for more info.
NIH Publication Services
The NIH has developed several comprehensive medical search services that we can use. PubMed (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed) is a retrieval system for Medline, Premedline, and Entrez data bases.
Clinical studies at the NIH are run at the Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Research Hospital. To search their database for studies on ITP click here and search on thrombocytopenia.
To find information about all grants and contracts receiving support from the NIH search http://report.nih.gov/
NIH Immune Booklet
'The Immune System-How it Works" (No. 96-3229). http://www.niaid.nih.gov/publications/immune/the_immune_system.pdf
To order, mail your request to: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Office of Communications and Public Liaison, National Institutes of Health, 31 Center Drive, Room 7A50, MSC 2520, Bethesda, MD 20892-2520 or fax to 301-402-0120. Include your name, title and organization if applicable, address, e-mail, telephone no., and the number of copies (no more than 10).
NIH and Alternative Medicine
Created in 1992, the Office of Alternative Medicine (OAM) supports the investigation of complementary and alternative medicine practices. In 1999 the office was expanded to be the The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). You can find more information at http://nccam.nih.gov/