More MS news articles for June 2000

New Destination for MS Sufferers & Their Families; Details Alternative Therapies; Encourages Information Exchange

Updated 11:58 AM ET June 21, 2000

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (BW HealthWire) - Recognizing the need for a centralized, credible source of information for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) considering complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), the Rocky Mountain MS Center has launched a website: This site will be formally presented at the Consortium of MS Centers meeting on June 24th in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

On the website, the Rocky Mountain MS Center, a non-profit organization, has included up-to-date information on approximately 40 CAM therapies and will continue to add new studies on a monthly basis. Additionally, through surveys and discussion groups, the Center will gather information from site visitors on a voluntary basis to aid in its exploration and dissemination of information on CAM therapies.

"Studies have shown that alternative medicine is widely used by people with MS, but until now, information specifically related to this disease was difficult to find," said Dr. Allen Bowling, principle author of the site. "This site is dedicated to providing objective, accurate information to the MS community and to encourage people to share their own experiences with alternative medicine."

The information presented on the website is obtained from a detailed review of more than 2000 relevant articles and books. The Center has created an extensive database of topics and, through the use of a custom software program, a thorough search of medical and scientific journals is conducted weekly. Email notification of these results is offered to site visitors.

Dr. Bowling and Tom Stewart are the creators and authors of the site. Dr. Bowling, the Associate Medical Director at the Rocky Mountain MS Center, received his undergraduate, M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at Yale University. He has published numerous articles in clinical and basic science journals.

Mr. Stewart received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. He is currently working on his Master of Science degree at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center where he completed training as a physician assistant. With Dr. Bowling, Mr. Stewart also sees patients at the Rocky Mountain MS Center. Mr. Stewart's understanding of MS is personal as well as scientific as he is also a patient with MS.

Contact: Rocky Mountain MS Center Barbara Howie, Director of Community Relations 303/788-4030 ext. 102