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 Health/Medical Libraries Accessible to Home Consumers and PC Users
 NEW YORK, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- In order to provide instant access to up-to-date reliable information about multiple sclerosis, the society has launched a National Multiple Sclerosis Society Forum on one of the nation's leading personal computer networks, America Online, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: AMER). The forum offers the third of a million America Online subscribers a window to the nation's largest and most comprehensive library on multiple sclerosis as well as the opportunity to monitor breaking MS news.
 "You can either take advantage of technology or let it take advantage of you," said General Michael J. Dugan, USAF, Ret., president and CEO of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. "The society is doing the former and is on the leading edge of a new health agency trend of empowering interested parties by throwing open 'library doors' via computer networks. It makes receiving information considerably faster than writing us or even calling our 24-hour Information Resource Center phone message line."
 Steve Case, president and CEO of America Online, observed that the "National Multiple Sclerosis Society Forum capitalizes on America Online's technology in order to deliver critical information and to enrich lives by making individuals part of a nationwide electronic community." Anyone who owns a computer and modem can get free America Online software and free time to try America Online and the National Multiple Sclerosis Forum by calling 1-800-827-6364 and asking for ext. 6751. Subscribers pay a fixed monthly fee of $9.95 for up to five hours access to all America Online's services.
 The National MS Society plans to expand its representation on other key computer networks later this year. The society is one of a handful of voluntary health organizations leading the way to using computer technology to better serve the public. Some of the other health groups with special forums include: National Alliance for the Mental? and Crohn's Disease/Colitis.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling, neurological disease affecting more than a third of a million Americans. Each hour another adult, typically between the ages of 20 and 40, is newly diagnosed. In MS, the protective coating surrounding the nerve fibers in the central nervous system (spinal cord and brain) is damaged. This interrupts and distorts nerve messages. The effect is similar to a short circuit in a telephone cable.
 Through its national office and a 50-state network of 144 chapters and branches, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is dedicated to advancing the cure, prevention, and treatment of MS and to improving the lives of those affected by the disease. Founded in 1946, the Society is the most comprehensive resource on MS-related information in the United States.
 America Online, Inc., is the nation's fastest growing provider of on-line services to consumers. The company offers its 350,000 subscribers a wide variety of services including electronic mail, conferencing, software, computing support, electronic magazines and newspapers and on-line classes. The company has established strategic alliances with dozens of companies including Time-Warner, CNN, Knight- Ridder, Tribune Company, IBM and Apple. The company completed an initial stock offering in March 1992. Personal computer owners can obtain the America Online start-up kit at major software retailers and bookstores or by calling 1-800-827-6364.
 /CONTACT: Arney Rosenblat of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 212-476-0436/

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