Katharin Czink is WGN’s Medical Watch Producer.

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  • New guidelines for high blood pressure means you could be more at risk

    As of today you may have high blood pressure. The guidelines have changed opening the door for more people to be diagnosed with the condition. Currently one-third of Americans are considered to have high blood pressure. By lowering the number that is considered too high, doctors are expanding the characterization so now nearly half of U.S. adults have hypertension. For the first time in more than a decade the American Heart association is getting tougher on high blood pressure issuing […]

  • How a history of domestic violence can predict a mass shooting

    The term IPV – or  intimate partner violence – offers a way to predict mass shootings based on a history of domestic violence. Experts say the perpetrators of mass killings are not always mentally ill. In some cases, it may actually have been collateral domestic violence in which the suspect is trying to hurt a loved one by wounding others. The Texas church shooter, Devin Kelly, had been convicted of domestic violence against his wife and young child. Records show […]

  • New clinical trial offers hope to patients with glioblastoma

      It’s aggressive and deadly, and unfortunately, glioblastoma is the most common malignant brain tumor in adults. John McCain was recently diagnosed. Ted Kennedy died from the lethal tumor. But now, an early human clinical trial — the culmination of decades of work — shows a glimmer of hope. It’s the beginning of the gold nanoparticle synthesis procedure — a bubbling solution of dissolved gold that will soon turn red — a sign nanoparticles, on the order of 10 nanometers, […]

  • How rare is Bears Zach Miller’s devastating knee injury?

    On the Medical Watch, going inside the knee to see what happened in the devastating injury for Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller. Viewers watched in horror as his knee seemed to twist in such an unnatural way. Dr Jason Koh, an orthopedic surgeon at NorthShore University HealthSystem, says it only took an instant the entire leg was in jeopardy. “The real concern is whether or not he’s going to be able to save his leg, not only just his […]

  • Adventure awaits P.E. students at suburban high school

    Getting his students outdoors and out of their comfort zone is part of the curriculum. This month’s Teacher of the Month honoree takes gym class to a new level. It’s adventure P.E. and it’s a confidence builder. Orlando Gonzalez teaches physical education at southwest suburban Bolingbrook High School  where he offers his students a break from the traditional. From weight lifting to fishing to archery, it’s a path the students can pick if they are up for a little adventure. […]

  • Program aims to put drivers with autism and officers at ease during traffic stops

    The flashing lights, the sirens. For many drivers, a routine traffic stop can spark anxiety. Now factor in a driver with autism. When it comes to law enforcement, the rules of engagement are clear. But for those who have difficulty processing social cues and responding to commands, it can be a confusing scenario that quickly escalates. For parents, the worry is agonizing. What if my child’s not able to effectively communicate with the officer? Or, what if the officer misinterprets […]

  • Plastic surgeon’s pain prescription is opioid free to help cut back on opioid usage

    The U.S. makes up just four percent of the world’s population, yet Americans consume up to 95 percent of the world’s narcotic pain killers. In the middle of an opioid epidemic, how do we cut back? One plastic surgeon shares his strategy – significantly slashing the number of narcotics he prescribes. “With all surgery there is going to be some level of discomfort,” Dr. Lawrence Iteld, a plastic surgeon, said. From tummy tucks to breast implants to liposuction, the procedures range […]

  • Girls take longer to heal from brain injuries, new study shows

    Girls are different than boys when it comes to concussions. And that means they should be sidelined longer after a head injury. And if they don’t know it, they could do more long-term damage. Females are rivaling males in numbers on the field playing soccer, softball and field hockey. On the ice competitive skating or hockey and on the court jumping in to play basketball. That makes them equally susceptible to injuries like concussions. Dr. Cynthia LaBella, Lurie Children’s sports […]

  • Teacher of the Month cultivates love for science in a no bullying zone

    With the new school year well underway, WGN’s Teacher of the Month is back, too.  We’re putting the spotlight on educators making a difference. The new season kicks off with a teacher who taps into her students’ natural curiosity to build their love for science. And for one student with a learning disability, his teacher’s formula proved to be a huge success. Ms Alison Schroeder is a 7th grade science at Memorial Junior High School in south suburban Lansing. “I […]

  • Students with autism find hope, independence at suburban day school

    When students with autism require intense support – where do they go? A therapeutic day school – built by parents struggling to find resources for their children – offers hope and guides the way toward independence. Just like in a typical elementary school classroom, the day starts with a few basics. It’s a routine the students can count on — repetition, practice and one-on-one instruction. Kelly Weaver, executive director and co-founder, Alexander Leigh Center for Autism: “We’re working on all […]