Katharin Czink is WGN’s Medical Watch Producer.

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  • Newly engineered wheelchair rolls, rises and gets everyone on the same level

    On the Medical Watch, there is now a wheelchair that not only rolls but rises. It’s giving people who can’t walk the ability to stand and move. The inventor of the bionic arm reached even further to help wheelchair users thrive. Doctors at the Center for Bionic Medicine showed off the standing wheelchair at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab Tuesday along with Jonathan Annicks, who has been in a wheelchair a little more than a year after he was shot. […]

  • Easy to find foods can help you fuel up and slim down

    On the Medical Watch: It’s not about what you don’t eat. It’s about what you do eat. Whether it’s 5 or 10 pounds, you can slim down by fueling your body with the right foods. Registered dietitian Vicki Shanta Retelny says, “It’s really about the quality of calories you’re taking in. It’s not about one specific food that’s going to make you lose weight miraculous.” But there are some choices that can make a significant impact — one comes in […]

  • New technique for removing thyroid leaves small scar only inside the mouth

    On the Medical Watch: A more cosmetically appealing way to remove the thyroid gland – and the only person who will see the scar is your dentist. “Traditionally we make a transcervical incision which is about a 4-6 centimeter incision straight across the neck,” says Dr Raymon Grogan, a endocrine surgeon at the University of Chicago Medicine. It’s the traditional approach that’s been used for at least a century. But the operation to remove the thyroid gland – due to […]

  • Kindness and caring just as important as reading and math in Miss Wood’s classroom

    Our Teacher of the Month teaches second grade in far northwest suburban Ingleside. Of course, reading, writing, math and science dominate her lesson plans, but it’s her kindness, caring and show of affection that’s having the most impact. Miss Wood’s personality shines through each day.  She puts a heavy emphasis on the importance of self-love and the love and affection for others. It’s part of the family-like atmosphere she’s created over the past 19 years at Gavin Central Elementary. In […]

  • Mini reproductive systems helping doctors in big ways

    There is a new way to test drugs for a specific person without ever trying them on that person. It’s high tech science creating mini reproductive systems for men and women in a lab. Organs that communicate with each other can also tell doctors how to better treat their patients. From complicated machines to the intricate workings of the human reproductive system, visionaries – engineers and biologists grew organs that look like computer chips. “As engineers they know how to […]

  • Using the eye’s own healing power to stop condition that impairs vision

    Patients can see it coming; cloudy, foggy vision creeps in over time. The traditional treatment is a corneal transplant, but a local doctor has pioneered an alternative that harnesses the eye’s natural healing power. It’s the most common reason patients undergo corneal transplant.  Fuchs’ Endothelial Dystrophy affects about four percent of Americans. The pumping cells in the inner lining of the cornea fail. “When the cells stop working the cornea becomes water logged and vision becomes blurry,” says Dr Kathryn […]

  • With veteran’s guidance, young patients connect, develop and heal

    He was on the front lines in Iraq as an army medic who swooped in to help those injured in combat. Now Joe Weismantel’s job is to play. But he plays a critical role in the lives of young patients. “Being a combat medic in Iraq and flying into different environments and picking up casualties, the more and more I think about it the more I’m like, I did what?!” Joe says.  “I did impact a positive change on somebody […]

  • Can an implant help with opioid addiction?

    There is a new option for opioid addiction in the form of a cutting edge treatment. It’s an implant that offers 24 hour relief with no need to take daily medication. WGN News were there when one of the first patient got the implant in Illinois. It may come as no surprise because of the stigma of the struggle, but she did not want to be identified on camera. But she did know how important it was to get help […]

  • WGN Special Report: Hijacked – The Opioid Addiction Crisis

    WGN’s Special Report: Hijacked – The Opioid Addiction Crisis featured several personal stories. You can see all the stories that are part of WGN’s special report here.   For more information on the buprenorphine implant – Probuphine – check out: Physician locator: http://braeburnaccessprogram.com/physician-locator/ Braeburn has been successful in obtaining third-party payer coverage for Probuphine from large and regional insurance companies, as well as coverage under Medicare, Medicaid, and the Veterans Administration plans. Payer coverage varies from plan to plan and […]

  • Rhyme, reason, reading and language all part of Mr. Puc’s classroom

    NAPERVILL, Ill. — He brings unbridled and boundless energy to the classroom — and also a little rap. There’s rhyme and reason behind his technique and his students aren’t missing a beat. It’s a strategy that’s working in Martin Puc’s reading and language arts classroom at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School in west suburban Naperville. For making a difference Puc was the recipient of one thousand dollars from Saint Xavier University’s School of Education.