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.
PDSA collaborates with the Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD) and the The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) on various projects. Click for the NHLBI information on ITP.
NIH Publication Services - PubMed
PubMed has more than 27 million reference citations. Enter a subject and the PubMed search engine will give you a list of published research on that topic.
National Library of Medicine
Located on the NIH campus, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) 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 NLM site for more info.
NIH and Alternative Medicine
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) publishes data on many complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) topics and also conducts research on treatments that hold promise. Access the information here
NIH Immune Booklet
"The Immune System-How it Works" (No. 96-3229) is a 63 page booklet from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Paper copies are also available from that institute.
This is a different library from the NLM. 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 NIH Library site for more info.
To find information about all grants and contracts receiving support from the NIH search here.