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September 2004 ISN News

New Page: Causes of Scleroderma: Silica Exposure

Causes of Scleroderma: Silica. Silica exposure can cause autoimmune diseases such as lupus, scleroderma, and vasculitis. It can also cause silicosis, kidney disease, lung cancer, tuberculosis, and other airways diseases. Environmental exposure to silica can occur in workers and bystanders in many industries, including agriculture, construction, and pottery. New page 09-28-04 ISN.

ISN Trivia: Site Statistics: Number of Links

As of Monday, September 27, 2004, the ISN website at was comprised of 1,248 web pages in 19 languages. The pages had a total of 218,750 links, mostly for internal site navigation, but with 24,567 of the links being to other carefully screened websites. (This does not count any pages or links on ISN's Sclero Forums.) Posted 09-27-04.

Bogotá, Columbiana: Sabado 9 de Octubre

(Español/Spanish) Asociación Colombiana de Esclerodermia Hemos programado una reunión para el dia Sabado 9 de Octubre próximo. La celebraremos en el Centro Dermatologico Federico Lleras Acosta (Instituto Nacional de Dermatologia). Posted 09-27-04.

ISN Trivia: Site Traffic Statistics for Monday, 09-21-04

On Monday, September 21, 2004, in 24 hours the ISN served over 2,875 unique visitors, who viewed a total of over 16,000 web pages that day. This is rather normal traffic for us on Mondays in the fall, after school has started in the U.S. Posted 09-22-04.

Voices of Scleroderma Volume 2 Complimentary Books Shipped!

Judith Thompson Devlin with Voices of Scleroderma Volume 2 book Judith Thompson Devlin, co-editor of the Voices of Scleroderma book series, signed and shipped 125 complimentary copies of Voices of Scleroderma Volume 2 books, which were mailed out on September 16, 2004. These signed copies of the first edition were sent to everyone who contributed a story or worked on Volume 2. This tremendous book features top notch medical and support information for scleroderma. Posted 09-22-04.

Open Position: ISN Support Specialist

Open Position: ISN Support Specialist. Volunteer applications are now being accepted for Support Specialists to serve on the International Scleroderma Network's Sclero Forums. Responsibilities include serving as a moderator in responding to ISN Sclero Forums member messages, and approving/declining new members and messages. To apply, send an email to [email protected] and we will send you an application. Posted 09-18-04.

Lizzy Cotton: ISN Senior Support Specialist

Lizzy Cotton: ISN Senior Support Specialist. The ISN is pleased to announce that Lizzy Cotton has been promoted to Senior Support Specialist of the ISN's Sclero Forums which provides 24-hour a day online support services to over 700 members. Posted 09-17-04.

Voices of Scleroderma Volume 1: Featured Story #101 of 101

The following story is featured in the ISN's Voices of Scleroderma Volume 1 book. The book has articles by world experts in scleroderma and caregiving, including Dr. Joseph Korn, as well as true personal stories from those affected by scleroderma and related illnesses.

Shar: Lupus, Scleroderma, Sjögren's, and Fibromyalgia Was my battle with Hepatitis C worth it? Yes!

Welcome Lynda Garry: ISN Senior Editor

Lynda Garry: ISN Senior Editor. The ISN is pleased to announce that Lynda Garry has joined us as an ISN Senior Editor. Lynda has been in medical communications and publishing for seventeen years, and she is a senior editor for a global Med-Ed firm. Posted 09-07-04.

Voices of Scleroderma Volume 1: Featured Story #100 of 101

Nan: Mixed Connective Tissue Disease and Fibromyalgia Finally after several years of struggle, one wonderful doctor at OSU got gutsy and gave me the MCTD diagnosis…

Safe Surfing with Scleroderma Sites to Surf!

The ISN's Scleroderma Webmaster's Association is a collaboration of respected webmasters worldwide who are committed to providing responsible scleroderma information and support in our online community. The SWA endorses and promotes dozens of websites, in many languages, with it's immensely popular and free Scleroderma Sites to Surf! program. The SWA screens sites for content and trustworthiness, describes websites and webmaster qualifications, and links them together with it's well-known Surfing Penguin logo. Posted 09-04-04.

Heidi Nolan: Promoted to Manager of Sclero Forums

Heidi Nolan: ISN Manager of Sclero Forums. The ISN is pleased to announce that Heidi Nolan has been promoted from Senior Support Specialist to Manager of ISN's Sclero Forums, which provides 24-hour a day online support for scleroderma and related illnesses, throughout the world. Posted 09-02-04.

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