March 20, 2004

PeopleWithMS Welcomes 

Chat is growing through the dedication of our regular chatters and new visitors. Thing are jumping most every night from  7PM till at least 12AM EST.  However, people are welcome to pop into our chat room anytime.  

A Big Reminder . . . . . Jim, one of our very own room administrators (RA), is going to be hosting on the Sharon Osbourne show. The topic is going to be M.S.  It will be seen on March 24, 2004. 12 midnight eastern standard time on station WGN. Check your local station for times in your location.  He will be doing it via phone. Tune in ! ! !

New Stories and Pictures


Muff aka Terri is also donating mucho time in chat with us. She has much information on obtaining medical  and general financial support. She also has a wide range of information regarding general disability issues. Just ask and she helps!  Thank You Muff! 

PS - If you see Muff in chat, with an "AFK" next to her name, it just means she is "Away From Keyboard" but will probably be right back.  So sit down, say Hi, and have a sip of tea......

New Link Sightings

Every week we'll be adding new link sightings which may be of interest, as reported by our visitors.  This will highlight new links you may want to investigate, before they disappear into the obscurity of some huge link listing.  If you come across any site which you think may be of interest, please e-mail us with the site address and a brief description of what you found interesting on the site.  We'll include it in the next Newsletter.

Understanding the 2003 Medicare Rx Act National Multiple Sclerosis Society (US) PWMS 3/10/04
A top priority for the National MS Society is implementation of the 2003 Medicare Rx Act. This update explains the major provisions of this complicated legislation according to the schedule of implementation.  This is very important to MSers on SSDI, and it's in English ! ! !
Medline - Health Topics -Multiple Sclerosis

National Institutes of Health (USA)

PWMS 3/18/04
The US National Library of Medicine maintains a superb page with a great number of links to all things MS.  This is a real keeper.
Rocky Mountain MS Center

Rocky Mountain Health Center

PWMS 3/13/04
Complementary and Alternative medicine is the focus of this very nice site.  They conduct frequent surveys of the MS community on a range of alternatives, from the familiar, to the controversial, to little known.  This definitely belongs on the short list of CAM sites !
Multiple Sclerosis Books Demos Medical Publishing Company PWMS 3/15/04
A listing of all the Clinical Medicine and Patient Education publications from Demos. This is not an endorsement or recommendation, but it does provide descriptions of a number of interesting texts in  one place.  

News Sightings

The news is thin this week.  Sure, a bunch of abstract Medical Abstracts. Not much that real people care about.  

Immune system cause of multiple sclerosis questioned Annals of Neurology / PWMS 3/18/04
"Study shows evidence that myelin-producing cells die before there is any immune system activity"  Paul Jones, a principle of the respected site, has done an excellent job of translating a research paper in the Annals of Neurology into informed layman's English.   As he puts it; "Thus far, Barnett and Prineas's paper seems to have been met with a deafening silence which is why I decided to write this piece."  Paul's translation is worth a read.

New Information

Tips and Tricks

Starting this week, we'll publish Tips and Tricks to help people with MS or other disabilities cope better with everyday life.  Often the simpler things, overlooked and under-appreciated time and labor savers.     

  • "I had a rubber stamp made with my signature so I can sign checks when I have to pay bills"  Muff

  • "I use a floor brush for my veggies as it is bigger." Muff

  • "Don uses clothespins as he has trouble with twist ties." Muff

  • Use your elbow to test water temperature if your fingers are numb." Deb

  • "The footrests on Don's wheelchair get so hot he got second and third degree burns.  So I bought some light colored carpet and velcro at the dollar store and made footrest covers.  Muff

  • "I buy a little bottle of detergent at the store and transfer from the big bottles as it is much easier to handle." Muff

  • "I found that if you use a tablespoon of olive oil it helps with constipation."  Muff

New on the Website

If anyone wants to share there story and picture please send it.

As always, wrestling with users problems getting into chat. The "Yahoo Companion" toolbar has been identified as another "helpful" add-on with an incorporated pop-up blocker.  Make sure you know how to toggle it on and off.  Thank you for reporting every problem. Its like diagnosing M.S. every little problem helps !

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