Katharin Czink is WGN’s Medical Watch Producer.

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  • After valve replacement wears out, new procedure can help fix a broken heart

    Most doctors had written off Rosalyn Davenport, 87. Then she found a place willing to learn a cutting-edge technique to save her life. “I could’ve died instantly if somebody didn’t know what they were doing. So, they researched it in my opinion very well,” she said. When dizziness and fatigue got so bad, Davenport could barely leave her house.  She thought she had no options. Years earlier she had a valve replacement. For nearly a decade it gave her energy […]

  • New recommendations for measles vaccine — for adults

    CHICAGO — With the measles spreading in the largest outbreak in years, are you protected? Even those who got a vaccine, if you are a certain age, you may need another shot. And some never got a vaccine at all. Many adults assume they got the measles vaccine. But it was only introduced in 1963. But surprisingly, people born before then may be safe. Dr. Allison Bartlett is a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the University of Chicago Medicine. “We […]

  • Improving eyesight, brain function after traumatic injury

    An optometrist with the vision to look beyond the eyes is seeing a deeper connection that’s helping patients with brain injuries recover. It’s helped usher in a new chapter in Evelyn Bunte’s life. Just two and a half years ago, she suffered a traumatic brain injury. She was the victim of a violent crime. She was shot in the head three times and stabbed in the neck. Bunte has made significant progress in her recovery, including regaining her vision, which […]

  • When a watch does more than track your workout — it saves a life

    CHICAGO — Watches tell time and give your location, and they can save lives, but only if you trust your technology. Tom Elliott resisted the warning from his wearable device, but he lives to tell the story of how his time could have been up until his watch gave him a wake-up call. Elliott is a regular at his local Orange Theory fitness studio. Like all participants, the 48-year-old wears a class-issued heart monitor, and he always wears his own […]

  • New study shows potentially dangerous connection between vaping and seizures

    New information presented Wednesday showed the potential connection between vaping and seizures. And it comes at a time when record numbers of teenagers are choosing e-cigarettes. It is yet another blow to e-cigarettes.  After years growing in popularity, several studies are revealing new dangers. A recent study showed a possible link between seizures and vaping. Lurie Children’s neurologist Dr John Millichap said nicotine is the culprit. “It could cause a seizure in an otherwise healthy person if the levels get […]

  • Robots, circuits and lessons to make lives better all part of Southwest Side teacher’s curriculum

    CHICAGO — Technology found in a major medical center or lab helps the March Teacher of the Month give high schoolers a head start on a possible career path. And while he loves sharing the possibilities that stem from science, Dan Mostyn just as interested in building future engineers who use their skills to help others. In Mostyn’s classroom at Brother Rice High School on Chicago’s Southwest Side, there are student-made robots, hands-on lesson in circuits and even a 3D […]

  • White Sox pitcher turns to neurofeedback to get his head in the game

    GLENDALE, Ariz. — Professional athletes know how to train their bodies, but this offseason, one White Sox pitcher worked to get his head in the game by giving his mind a new workout. Through neurofeedback, White Sox pitcher Dylan Cease uses different kinds of mind games to help improve focus and regulate stress, anxiety and emotions. It’s been used for years by mental health professionals to help treat patients with seizures, attention deficit disorder, depression, PTSD and autism. Cease isn’t […]

  • Local mother, doctors part of study for first postpartum depression drug approved by FDA

    For the first time a medication is approved to help new mothers with relief from postpartum depression. It’s not an easy pill to swallow and the cost is extravagant, but those in need say it’s worth it. Patients commit to three days on an IV in the hospital.  It is a slow drip of a drug that is meant to rapidly wipe away depressive thoughts after pregnancy. It happens to 10 percent of new mothers. Erika Mears was one of […]

  • Stethoscopes merging with modern technology

    It’s a tool physicians learn to use early on in med school. Stethoscopes are standard issue and have been around for more than 200 years. Draped around the neck it’s an iconic symbol of the profession. But what happens when you merge the simple tool with modern technology? Local heart researchers hope it will transform care from the general practitioner’s office to the ER. Dr James Thomas has been a cardiologist for more than 32 years. His ears are highly […]

  • FDA allows treatment of depression with club drug’s cousin

    WASHINGTON — A mind-altering medication related to the club drug Special K won U.S. approval Tuesday for patients with hard-to-treat depression, the first in a series of long-overlooked substances being reconsidered for severe forms of mental illness. The nasal spray from Johnson & Johnson is a chemical cousin of ketamine, which has been used for decades as a powerful anesthetic to prepare patients for surgery. In the 1990s, the medication was adopted as a party drug by the underground rave […]

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