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2013

  • NIH Launches Dietary Supplement Label Databaseexternal link icon
    June 17, 2013 (News Release)
    Researchers, as well as health care providers and consumers, can now see the ingredients listed on the labels of about 17,000 dietary supplements by looking them up on a website. The Dietary Supplement Label Database, free of charge and hosted by the National Institutes of Health, is available at www.dsld.nlm.nih.gov.
  • NIH study provides clarity on supplements for protection against blinding eye diseaseexternal link icon
    May 6, 2013 (News Release)
    Adding omega-3 fatty acids did not improve a combination of nutritional supplements commonly recommended for treating age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a major cause of vision loss among older Americans, according to a study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The plant-derived antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin also had no overall effect on AMD when added to the combination; however, they were safer than the related antioxidant beta-carotene, according to the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

2011

  • CARDS Updated with NIH Data
    June 13, 2011 (Announcement)
    The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is pleased to announce the completion of an update to the Computer Access to Research on Dietary Supplements (CARDS) database. This update added projects funded by the NIH during fiscal year 2009. CARDS now contains 10,653 records of federally funded research projects on dietary supplements.
  • NIH Study Addresses Concerns about High Folate Levelsexternal link icon
    June 8, 2011 (News Release)
    Taking folic acid supplements or eating fortified grain products is unlikely to worsen problems related to low levels of vitamin B12, according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health and five other institutions in the United States, Ireland and Norway.

2010

  • New NIST Dietary Supplement Reference Materials could be 'Berry' Usefulexternal link icon
    November 9, 2010 (News Release)
    Scientists at NIST, in collaboration with ODS and the FDA, have developed standard reference materials™ (SRMs) to help accurately measure organic acids in dietary supplements made with Vaccinium berries.
  • Botanical Research Centers Announcedexternal link icon
    August 31, 2010 (News Release)
    Studies of the safety, effectiveness, and biological action of botanical products are major focuses for the five dietary supplement research centers selected to be jointly funded by the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), two components of the National Institutes of Health. The NIH's National Cancer Institute is co-supporting two of the five centers.
  • National Institutes of Health-Sponsored Workshop Provides Guidelines for Soy Researchexternal link icon
    May 20, 2010 (News Release)
    Participants in a workshop sponsored by the National Institutes of Health have developed guidelines on designing and evaluating clinical research studies investigating soy, representing the first guidelines of their kind in the field of soy research. The guidelines are published in the June 2010 issue of The Journal of Nutrition.
  • CARDS Updated with NIH Data
    March 5, 2010 (Announcement)
    The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is pleased to announce the completion of an update to the Computer Access to Research on Dietary Supplements (CARDS) database. This update added projects funded by the NIH during fiscal year 2008. CARDS now contains 9852 records of federally funded research projects on dietary supplements.
  • Preventive Medicine 2010: Annual Meeting of American College of Preventive Medicineexternal link icon
    February 17–20, 2010 (Announcement)
    ODS had an exhibit booth at this conference.

2009

  • CARDS Updated with USDA Data
    October 4, 2009 (Announcement)
    The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is pleased to announce the completion of an update to the Computer Access to Research on Dietary Supplements (CARDS) database. This update added projects funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) during fiscal year 2007. CARDS now contains 9026 records of federally funded research projects on dietary supplements.
  • NIST Releases Vitamin D Standard Reference Materialexternal link icon
    July 14, 2009 (News Release)
    Scientists at NIST, in collaboration with ODS, have developed a new reference sample for vitamin D in blood serum to help laboratories validate the accuracy of their test methods.
  • Letter to editor: The intention to treat principle, and the potential impact of excluding data from the analysis of clinical trial data.external link icon
    June 1, 2009 (Announcement)
    Christopher T. Sempos and Mary Frances Picciano. Letter to editor: The intention to treat principle, and the potential impact of excluding data from the analysis of clinical trial data. Journal of Nutrition 139(6):1204, June 2009.
  • Botanical Research Centers Program RFA
    April 30, 2009 (Announcement)
    ODS and NCCAM plan to continue the Botanical Research Center Program for another five-year period with NCI's participation. The purpose of this program is to promote collaborative interdisciplinary study of botanicals, particularly those found as ingredients in dietary supplements.
  • Dietary Supplement Ingredient Database (DSID) Now Available
    April 20, 2009 (Announcement)
    The Dietary Supplement Ingredient Database (DSID) will help researchers improve estimates of the U.S. population's total nutrient intakes. The database provides statistical estimates—based on chemical analysis—of the nutrient content of selected ingredients in dietary supplements, compared with label-reported ingredient levels.

2008

  • CARDS Updated with USDA Data
    November 21, 2008 (Announcement)
    The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is pleased to announce the completion of an update to the Computer Access to Research on Dietary Supplements (CARDS) database. This update added projects funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) during fiscal year 2006. CARDS now contains 7760 records of federally funded research projects on dietary supplements.
  • Ginkgo Evaluation of Memory (GEM) Study Fails To Show Benefit in Preventing Dementia in the Elderlyexternal link icon
    November 18, 2008 (News Release)
    The dietary supplement Ginkgo biloba was found to be ineffective in reducing the development of dementia and Alzheimer's disease in older people, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. This research was co-funded by five components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH): National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM); National Institute on Aging (NIA); National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and the Office of Dietary Supplements.
  • Key Gaps Remain in Understanding Health Effects of Vitamin Dexternal link icon
    August 12, 2008 (News Release)
    An in-depth review of current research on the health effects of vitamin D is being published as the proceedings of the NIH conference, "Vitamin D and Health in the 21st Century: An Update", which will appear in an August 2008 supplement to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
  • ODS/NLM Partner to Pilot Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD)
    August 1, 2008 (Announcement)
    On August 1, 2008, the National Institutes of Health's Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world's largest medical library, announced the award of a contract to Abt Associates, Cambridge, MA, for a pilot study to determine the feasibility of developing a Web-based database to catalogue the labels of all dietary supplements sold in the United States.
  • Trainee Travel Award Announcement
    May 29, 2008 (Announcement)
    Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health, announces Trainee Travel Awards to attend the 2008 Rutgers University International Training Program on Natural Products August 11-15, 2008, at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • CARDS Updated with NIH and USDA Data
    January 14, 2008 (Announcement)
    The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is pleased to announce the completion of an update to the Computer Access to Research on Dietary Supplements (CARDS) database. This update added projects funded by the Institutes and Centers of the NIH during fiscal year 2006, as well as projects funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) during fiscal year 2005. CARDS now contains 7509 records of federally funded research projects on dietary supplements.

2007

  • Significant Advances in Dietary Supplement Research Highlighted in 2006 Annual Bibliographyexternal link icon
    October 1, 2007 (News Release)
    To help advance the field and better inform the public, the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has published the 2006 Annual Bibliography of Significant Advances in Dietary Supplement Research, highlighting 25 of the most significant dietary supplement research advances of the past year.
  • New Vitamin D Evidence Report Reveals Gaps in Knowledge and serves as Basis for Upcoming NIH Conference on Vitamin D and Bone Healthexternal link icon
    August 20, 2007 (News Release)
    A new evidence report on vitamin D and bone health reviews the current scientific evidence and identifies its strengths and weaknesses. This report will be a valuable resource for an upcoming National Institutes of Health conference September 5-6, 2007, that will examine a range of scientific perspectives related to vitamin D and bone health across the lifecycle.
  • CARDS Database Updated with USDA Fiscal Year 2004 Data
    August 19, 2007 (Announcement)
    The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is pleased to announce the completion of an update to the Computer Access to Research on Dietary Supplements (CARDS) database. This update added projects funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) during fiscal year 2004. CARDS now contains 6187 records of federally funded research projects on dietary supplements.
  • ODS Co-Funds Iowa Center to Study Botanicals Used in Dietary Supplementsexternal link icon
    May 3, 2007 (News Release)
    The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), today announced a grant to Iowa State University to study botanicals used as ingredients in dietary supplements.

2006

  • CARDS Updated with NIH and USDA Data
    December 18, 2006 (Announcement)
    The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is pleased to announce the completion of an update to the Computer Access to Research on Dietary Supplements (CARDS) database. This update added projects funded by the Institutes and Centers of the NIH during fiscal year 2005, as well as projects funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) during fiscal year 2003. CARDS now contains 5923 records of federally funded research projects on dietary supplements.
  • ODS Surveys Dietary Supplement Education at Nation's Academic Institutions
    October 6, 2006 (Announcement)
    The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is conducting a survey on dietary supplement education in the nation’s academic institutions between October-December 2006. Its purpose is to learn the extent to which any significant, focused instruction on dietary supplements and their role in health and disease is being provided to graduate and health-professional students in departments or schools of nutrition, food science, medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacology and pharmacy, kinesiology and exercise science, and complementary and alternative medicine.
  • Significant Advances in Dietary Supplement Research Released in Annual Bibliography (2005)external link icon
    September 21, 2006 (News Release)
    The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announces the release of the 2005 issue of the Annual Bibliography of Significant Advances in Dietary Supplement Research. This seventh issue of the Bibliography includes abstracts of 25 noteworthy dietary supplement research papers published in 2005, as judged by an international team of reviewers.
  • Panel Urges More Multivitamin Researchexternal link icon
    May 26, 2006 (Announcement)
  • NIH Holds State-of-the-Science Conference on Multivitamin/Mineral Supplements for Chronic Disease Prevention, May 15-17, 2006 external link icon
    May 4, 2006 (News Release)
    In observational studies, MVM use has been associated with better health outcomes but there are few data available from randomized trials to provide more definitive evidence. As more and more Americans seek strategies for maintaining good health and preventing disease, and as the marketplace offers an increasing number of products to fill that desire, it is important that consumers have the best possible information to inform their choices. Toward that end, this conference is expected to delineate gaps in current knowledge and to provide guidance about how NIH can help to fill those gaps.
  • CARDS Updated with USDA and DOD Data
    April 27, 2006 (Announcement)
    The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is pleased to announce the completion of an update to the Computer Access to Research on Dietary Supplements (CARDS) database. This update added projects funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) during fiscal years 2001 and 2002, as well as projects funded by the Department of Defense (DOD) during fiscal years 1999-2004. Also added during this update were 7 records for NIH during fiscal years 2000-2002 to complete the dataset for these years. CARDS now contains 4585 records of federally funded research projects on dietary supplements.
  • CARDS Updated with Fiscal Year 2004 Data
    January 12, 2006 (Announcement)
    The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is pleased to announce the completion of an update to the Computer Access to Research on Dietary Supplements (CARDS) database. This update added projects funded by the NIH during fiscal year 2004. CARDS now contains 4047 records of federally funded research projects on dietary supplements.

2005

  • Annual Bibliography of Significant Advances in Dietary Supplement Research 2004external link icon
    October 24, 2005 (News Release)
    The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announces the release of the sixth issue of the Annual Bibliography of Significant Advances in Dietary Supplement Research. This publication presents significant research in the dietary supplement field for the year 2004.
  • CARDS Updated with Fiscal Year 2003 Data
    April 7, 2005 (Announcement)
    The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is pleased to announce the completion of an update to the Computer Access to Research on Dietary Supplements (CARDS) database. This update added projects funded by the NIH during fiscal year 2003. CARDS now contains 3084 records of federally funded research projects on dietary supplements.
  • ODS and NCCAM Co-Fund Five Botanical Research Centersexternal link icon
    April 7, 2005 (News Release)
  • CARDS Updated with USDA Data
    January 27, 2005 (Announcement)
    The Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is pleased to announce the completion of an update to the Computer Access to Research on Dietary Supplements (CARDS) database. This update added projects funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) during fiscal years 1999 and 2000. CARDS now contains information on 2224 federally funded research projects on dietary supplements.

2004

  • Annual Bibliography of Significant Advances in Dietary Supplement Research 2003external link icon
    October 8, 2004 (News Release)
    The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announces the release of the fifth issue of the Annual Bibliography of Significant Advances in Dietary Supplement Research. This publication presents significant research in the dietary supplement field for the year 2003.
  • IBIDS Database Celebrates Five Years with a New Look and New Featuresexternal link icon
    August 18, 2004 (News Release)
    The NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) at the National Agricultural Library are delighted to announce the "launch" of the new, improved, Web-accessible International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements (IBIDS) Database today, Wednesday, August 18, 2004.
  • ODS Strategic Plan for 2004-2009 Now Availableexternal link icon
    January 28, 2004 (News Release)
    ODS has released its five-year strategic plan entitled, "Promoting Quality Science in Dietary Supplement Research, Education and Communication: A Strategic Plan for the Office of Dietary Supplements 2004-2009."
  • Expanded "Mad Cow" Safeguards Announcedexternal link icon
    January 24, 2004 (News Release)
    HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced several new public health measures, to be implemented by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to strengthen significantly the multiple existing firewalls that protect Americans from exposure to the agent thought to cause bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, also known as mad cow disease) and that help prevent the spread of BSE in U.S. cattle.
  • FDA Plans to Prohibit Sales of Ephedra
    January 5, 2004 (Announcement)
    On December 30, 2003, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notified manufacturers of the FDA's intent to publish a final rule on dietary supplements containing ephedrine alkaloids. The rule will have the effect of banning the sale of these dietary supplements when it becomes effective, 60 days following publication. In addition, FDA issued an alert to consumers advising them to stop using ephedra products immediately.

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