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Katharin Czink is WGN’s Medical Watch Producer.


Recent Articles
  • Stem cell transplant can be outpatient treatment for some

    Bringing a major medical treatment home. Patients once spent weeks in the hospital. Now they can get a stem cell transplant and go home. It means tackling a lot of hurdles, but this new idea is offering tremendous relief to patients. She passes the time with a little knitting … and a visit with her doctor. Then there’s a quick flush of the central line in her chest, placed this past summer before Rebecca Zoltoski began a four-month course of […]

  • Sparks really do fly when it comes to pregnancy – and it could help with in vitro

    When sperm meets egg, sparks fly … in a petri dish. It’s the first time scientists have witnessed the electrifying reaction during the fertilization process, and it’s not just explosive – it may help predict a patient’s success when undergoing in vitro. Dr Teresa Woodruff, Northwestern Medicine Ovarian Biology Researcher: “When fertilization happens, what you see is this enormous spark.” You can actually see it! The blast of light that marks the moment a sperm enters an egg. Dr Teresa […]

  • Sitcom actor on serious subject of drinking to excess and how an implant is helping him

    It’s the holiday season. For some that means they’re drinking more, many to excess. But for others it’s a struggle all year long. Now, there’s a radical way to get help. Joseph Dorrian: “Kinda noticed I was drinking way too much, going out on weekends, getting completely drunk where you black out, not remembering nights.” Joseph Dorrian knew he had a drinking problem eight years ago. Joseph Dorrian: “What happens to me is when I’m not drinking, I don’t got […]

  • Family thankful for daughter’s new heart

    A family is thankful this holiday after their daughter received a heart transplant. Now, doctors say she may get home in time for Christmas. Keniya Noys was diagnosed at age three with dilated cardiomyopathy, an enlarged and weakened heart. For six years, she lead a normal life, but over the summer her heart failure worsened landing her in Lurie Children’s Hospital in July. Keniya started to grow weaker as the months went by. Then a surprise, just days after her 10th […]

  • New drug may help with heart failure

    It’s a chronic, pervasive problem; Heart failure impacts millions of Americans, shortening their lives and reducing the quality of their daily lives. It’s been a decade since doctors and patients have had renewed hope. But a new drug is infusing a sense of excitement. “The holy grail of heart failure is to reverse what is going on in the heart and try to get some regeneration and make the heart stronger. Sometimes, by letting the heart work less it will […]

  • Cancer patient and caregiver’s comedy show unconventionally therapeutic

    A cancer patient, her caregiver and a comedy sketch show … not a conventional formula for laughter but for one couple, it’s been a therapeutic production. And their audience feels the same way. On stage, Judy Fabjance and her wife Kelly Beeman are a team, performing the two-person sketch show they wrote together. It’s called “Tales of a Stage 4 Cancer,” and it’s no drama. But there is a song about robotic tumors. Kelly Beeman: “We’re doing this show about […]

  • Breast cancer patients could shorten radiation therapy with concentrated dose

    Shrinking the length of time breast cancer patients receive radiation therapy. A one-time dose delivered in the operating room during surgery helps some patients avoid weeks of fatigue and discomfort. Dr Eric Donnelly, Northwestern Medicine radiation oncologist: “This lesion here is just 9.4 millimeters, just under a centimeter.” Right after this small tumor in the breast was removed, Northwestern Medicine radiation oncologist Dr Eric Donnelly zapped the cavity left behind with a dose of radiation. Dr Donnelly: “The majority of […]

  • Two new drug options give hope to those suffering pulmonary fibrosis

    Where there was once nothing … finally, something for patients suffering with a devastating lung disease. Not one, but two new drugs give hope to those running out of breath … and time. Arlene Brescia, pulmonary fibrosis patient: “I would be huffing and puffing, a lot of shortness of breath.” When her doctor told her the diagnosis? Arlene Brescia: “I was devastated. I thought, ‘Oh my life is over with.’” University of Chicago Medicine pulmonologist Dr Imre Noth says it’s […]

  • Blackhawks honor nurse who save the life of a teen

      There is a follow up to a story the Medical Watch reported last week in which someone who went out of her way to help someone else. Her efforts made the difference between life and death. Emily Petersen, a nurse practitioner jumped into action when a young hockey player collapsed at a local ice rink and she was honored at another arena last night. The Blackhawks presented her with their volunteer of the month award for saving a young […]

  • Blood test could take the guesswork out of concussions

    A portable, rapid blood test to detect concussion. It sounds like science fiction, but it’s in development now. And it takes the guesswork out of diagnosis. It’s like a portable laboratory – a handheld device developed by healthcare company Abbott. A few drops of blood on a cartridge and the i-Stat goes to work. Within minutes, the rapid blood analyzer can measure a range of organ functions and blood gases. The results help nurses and doctors make treatment decisions – […]

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