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NIH Launches Alternative Medicine Subset on PubMed

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in 1997, Americans spent an estimated $21 billion out-of-pocket for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Recognizing the need to provide authoritative CAM information, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM), two components of the NIH, have partnered to launch a new CAM subset of a larger medical literature database that will provide free, Web-based access to CAM sources of information.

CAM on PubMed is a new subset of PubMed, which is a free system offered by NLM to provide an easy way to access over 11 million citations and abstracts in the MEDLINE database and additional life science journals. MEDLINE currently covers nearly 4,500 journals published in the U.S. and more than 70 other countries. Approximately 60 percent of the indexed journals are published outside of the U.S. In addition, PubMed links to over 1,700 journals for the full text of articles (some publishers may require a subscription or fee) and provides links to citations of relevant MEDLINE articles. CAM on PubMed provides direct access to more than 220,000 references and abstracts related to CAM, as well as access to many full-text articles.

To reach the subset, go to the NLM home page ( and choose MEDLINE/PubMed/Limits/Subsets.

Source: National Institutes of Health

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