(Atlanta, GA – July 12, 2011) – In line with their mission to provide the best health and wellness information online, Sharecare today announced the addition of the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (MSF) to their robust network of expert content partners.
The partnership between MSF and Sharecare enables a greater number of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, their families and caregivers, support group members and the general public to have online access to credible, trusted information about the disease. Numerous experts from the MSF will share their knowledge related to the daily challenges MS patients face, including symptom management, employment issues, diet and exercise, and insurance and money matters.
"We are very pleased to be a part of this new strategic partnership with Sharecare. It will serve to broaden the scope of the MSF's distribution of vital information about multiple sclerosis to the benefit of the global MS community," said Jules Kuperberg, co-executive director of the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.
There are more than 400,000 people in the United States suffering from multiple sclerosis, but it is often misdiagnosed due to similar symptoms with other diseases, as well as the infrequency of those symptoms, and the unfamiliarity of MS in the healthcare professional community. Therefore, content provided by MSF experts on Sharecare.com will help raise public awareness about MS and promote understanding for those diagnosed with the illness.
"It is essential for people to have easy access to accurate health information so that they can better take care of themselves and their loved ones," said Donna Hill Howes, RN, MS, senior vice president, Sharecare. "That's why our partnership with the MSF marks another important milestone for Sharecare, as thousands of people will be able to find reliable answers and information regarding multiple sclerosis."
Visit the MSF's page on Sharecare.com at http://www.sharecare.com/group/multiple-sclerosis-foundation.
Launched in 2010 and based in Atlanta, GA, Sharecare's mission is to greatly simplify the search for high-quality healthcare information and answer the world's questions of health. Created by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz, in partnership with Harpo Studios, HSW International, Sony Pictures Television, and Discovery Communications, the Sharecare interactive social Q & A platform allows people to ask, learn and act upon questions of health and wellness. The company's innovative approach provides a wide array of expert answers to each question ranging from hospitals to MDs to non-profits to healthcare companies to active health consumers, ultimately creating a community where healthcare knowledge is built, shared and put into practice.
About Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
Since its inception in 1986, the MSF has proudly served the national MS community directly from its headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. This year marks its 25th anniversary of providing free vital programs and support services designed to help people maintain their health, safety, self-sufficiency and personal well-being. With an ongoing campaign to heighten public awareness of MS, the MSF also promotes understanding for those so diagnosed. There are estimated to be 400,000 persons with MS in the U.S.