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Medical News & Perspectives
January 27, 1999

Diet Supplement Data on the Internet

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JAMA. 1999;281(4):313. doi:10.1001/jama.281.4.313-JMN0127-4-1

WASHINGTON—Obtaining information about vitamins, minerals, and selected herbal and botanical agents is becoming a great deal easier. The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has just started a database of bibliographic information on the Internet at http://dietary-supplements.info.nih.gov.

Currently the database contains 300,000 citations from the published scientific literature dating from 1986. It includes abstracts (where available) but not full reports. Ultimately the goal is to add citations dating from 1970, said Bernadette M. Marriott, PhD, director of the office, at a press conference here introducing the International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements (IBIDS). Hailing the new resource, Marriott said the database "will be useful to the scientific community and to the public for identifying scientific information on dietary supplements."