Monday, June 16, 2008

June 16: Tim Russert's new legacy

By Sylvia Gurinsky

Much progress has been made in preventing, fighting and treating heart disease, in both men and women. But there are still new lessons to learn, as this Newsweek article about the death of "Meet the Press" host Tim Russert states:

Public figures who survive heart problems - former President Bill Clinton, entertainers David Letterman and Regis Philbin and journalist Charlie Rose come to mind - have been forthcoming and have worked hard to educate the public about preventing and treating those problems.

Sadly, the quest to educate got a new, posthumous figure last Friday. But for all the awards and acclaim he received at NBC, Russert will leave something else behind. Like Peter Jennings, who died of lung cancer in 2005, Russert's biggest legacy will be other lives that are saved.

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