CBS Executive Don Hewitt Dies of Pancreatic Cancer

CBS News executive Don Hewitt, 86, has died of pancreatic cancer. Hewitt is credited with creating “60 Minutes” in 1968, which changed the face of television news reporting and proved that networks could make money with news shows. Pancreatic cancer has been the subject of a number of our blogs:

What is the pancreas and what does it do?

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The pancreas is a fish-shaped organ (with a head to the right and tail to the left) which lies behind the stomach. It is made up of two types of cells:

1. Exocrine cells: These cells produce a pancreatic juice that includes enzymes which aid in the digestion of food in the small intestine, breaking up proteins,carbohydrates and fats.
2. Endocrine cells: These are clustered in small groups (called the Islets of Langerhans)scattered throughout the pancreas. These cells produce important hormones such as insulin, glucagon, and somatostatin.

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Mark Boguski, M.D., Ph.D. is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, "a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health" and in which professional health care providers encourage "empowered patients" and value them as full partners in managing their health and wellness.

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