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Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS)

For Immediate Release
Thursday, October 23, 2008

Kelli Marciel

News Advisory

Annual Bibliography of Significant Advances in Dietary Supplement Research 2007

The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announces the release of the ninth issue of the Annual Bibliography of Significant Advances in Dietary Supplement Research. The papers selected for the 2007 Bibliography include research supported by government, industry, and academic institutions, as well as public-private partnerships.  The research covers a wide array of laboratory, human studies, and observational studies in the following areas, as well as others:

  • Supplements and Cardiovascular Health
  • Supplements and Diabetes in At-Risk Children
  • Supplements and Cancer Risk
  • For each of the 25 papers selected, the Bibliography provides the full reference citation, a description of the study’s methods and findings, and discussion of possible implications for future research


    For this issue of the Annual Bibliography, over 400 original scientific papers from 83 journals were initially identified for consideration.  Of these, 223 papers relevant to dietary supplements were sent to 54 external scientific experts in the fields of nutrition, public health, medicine and pharmacognosy for evaluation. In scoring the papers, the expert reviewers considered each study’s design and statistical evaluation, public health significance, and potential to advance the field.  The Bibliography contains the 25 top-scoring papers.

    Where and How:

    Copies may be downloaded from the ODS Web site at http://ods.od.nih.gov/Research/Annual_Bibliographies.aspx.  Single print copies may also be requested from ODS by phone (301-435-2920) or e-mail (ods@nih.gov).  Print copies will also be distributed at this month’s Supply Side West convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the American Dietetic Association’s Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Chicago, Illinois.

    The mission of the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) is to strengthen knowledge and understanding of dietary supplements by evaluating scientific information, stimulating and supporting research, disseminating research results, and educating the public to foster an enhanced quality of life and health for the U.S. population. For additional information about ODS, visit ods.od.nih.gov.

    The Office of the Director, the central office at NIH, is responsible for setting policy for NIH, which includes 27 Institutes and Centers. This involves planning, managing, and coordinating the programs and activities of all NIH components. The Office of the Director also includes program offices which are responsible for stimulating specific areas of research throughout NIH. Additional information is available at http://www.nih.gov/icd/od/.

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) — The Nation's Medical Research Agency — includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research, and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.

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