LRI Medical Advisors Speak Out For Lupus In Major Market News, March 8

The Lupus Research Institute (LRI) recognizes and thanks two scientific advisors, Dr. Chaim Putterman of NYC and Dr. Marisa Klein-Gitelman of Chicago as outstanding spokespeople for lupus, raising awareness of the need for more education in diagnosis and treatment via interviews with major media in Washington, DC and Chicago. Given the timeliness of celebrity Nick Cannon announcing his diagnosis of lupus nephritis, reporters from the Washington Post and the ABC-TV affiliate in Chicago called on the LRI to help develop stories on the need for greater education in recognizing and treating lupus.

A widely recognized expert in lupus nephritis, Dr. Putterman provided background on what Nick Cannon and many lupus sufferers go through with kidney disease as a serious manifestation of lupus. Noted health blogger of the Washington Post, Jennifer LaRue Huget, devoted more time and space than originally intended because she wanted to include as much of Dr. Putterman's insights as possible. Read all about it

LRI Chicago-based medical advisor Dr. Klein-Gitelman responded to the call and opened her clinic to the crew of ABC affiliate WLS-TV, for a "Healthbeat" segment on the area's number one evening news show reaching 500,000 viewers. The segment centered on the local Kassel family whose daughter Taylor had been misdiagnosed for months before they found she had lupus. Dr. Klein-Gitelman is well known for her exceptional work in researching, advocating and treating lupus among children suffering with lupus. WLS-TV referred the public to the Lupus Research Institute and the Lupus Foundation of America Illinois chapter for more information about lupus support and research. Click to watch

Reaching hundreds of thousands, these stories encourage the public as well as physicians to consider lupus when faced with such symptoms as extreme fatigue, joint pain and unexplained rash. The LRI is committed to lupus education - its symptoms and its complications - so more people can be diagnosed promptly and treated appropriately.