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National Institutes for Health

10th April 2006

10022006_NIH2L.jpgPublished by the US Department of Health and Human Services, the NIH web site (www.nih.gov) is a massive web portal for all information relating to current medical research.

The site references 20 separate Health Institutes focussing on different areas of healthcare. The most popular of these is the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (niddk.nih.gov) closely followed by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (niehs.nih.gov). In addition to the Institutes there are seven NIH Centers covering such issues as Information Technology and Complementary Medicine all overseen by the NIH Central Office, or Office of the Director (www.nih.gov/icd/od), a post currently held by Dr. Elias Zerhouni.

However, the most common area accessed by more than 80% of visitors to the site is the National Library of Medicine (www.nlm.nih.gov), described as ?the world?s largest medical library.?  The Library collects materials and provides information and research services in all areas of biomedicine and health care and is based on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. NIH also provides access to a number of health databases including MedLinePlus and PubMed.

With an average 5-star rating from visitors to the site, NIH is certainly delivering the information its users want. Worldwide, over 3600 web sites link to the NIH portal; the site with the most frequent links though is BBC News which shows that someone in the UK is using the resources available even if the rest of us don?t. If you need an incentive, remember it?s all funded by the US taxpayer.

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