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Katharin Czink


San Antonio, TX, United States

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Recent articles by Katharin:

No bones about it, running may actually help your knees

Running may actually help your knees! It seems the counter to keeping joints healthy — pounding the pavement repetitively. It must cause wear and tear, right? Well, turns out there’s no more excuses! Mary Colleen Roberts has been running since 1980. “Your body can do so much for you if you just ask it and […] → Read More

New approach to lung cancer has patient diagnosed and treated all in one day

CHICAGO —A new approach to lung cancer: From diagnosis to treatment, all in one day. It’s typically a nerve-wracking delay. You’re told you have a suspicious spot but may have to wait months for a definitive diagnosis and treatment. A local team of doctors wants to make the process more immediate, diagnosing and operating on […] → Read More

Saving your baby’s umbilical cord blood: Is it worth it?

To save or not to save cord blood. The answer is not so simple. For decades, doctors have put the precious resource to good use, most commonly, to treat patients needing a stem cell or bone marrow transplant. It can be a lifesaver for families who chose to bank the cells. But others wonder, “Will […] → Read More

How a little box is preserving hearts, saving lives

CHICAGO — Seventy percent of donor hearts go unused every year. That means people in need never get the lifesaving organ and people who so generously donated never get the chance to have their gift of life recognized upon their death. But with a new device, doctors are breaking through the biggest barriers for heart […] → Read More

Forecast – A Fragile Climate: Lowering water levels spell deep trouble for drought-plagued Southwest

WGN Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling leads the special series Forecast – A Fragile Climate. In his 50 years as a meteorologist, he has seen the atmosphere do things he never thought possible. It’s what compelled him and the WGN team to travel all across the country in search of the very latest climate research and information. […] → Read More

Forecast – A Fragile Climate: NASA minds and technology track the changing planet

In Part 2, Skilling visited his beloved Alaska an area changing three-times faster than other parts of the world. → Read More

Forecast – A Fragile Climate: What Alaska glaciers are telling us about warming

In his 50 years as a meteorologist, he has seen the atmosphere do things he never thought possible. → Read More

Making robotic surgery kid-friendly

Robotic surgery is not new. It’s often used for gynecological and uterine procedures, to repair hernias or to remove the prostate. But there are limitations, particularly when it comes to pediatric uses. But there is a new system to make surgery kid friendly. Antonio Garcia had gallstones. He was experiencing pain and was at risk […] → Read More

Teacher shows students the Latin language is full of life

CHICAGO — WGN’s October Teacher of the Month is making Latin relatable and fun for students at St. Rita of Cascia High School. Mr. William Dolan is helping students make historical connections, fueled by his curiosity and passion for teaching and learning. The Latin language is pulsing with life for his students. “I would certainly […] → Read More

Living with ALS for decades: The long struggle and complex questions patients face

ALS is a debilitating and deadly disease with no cure. There are some known genetic markers. But it’s a tough choice: Find out your future risk and live with the looming diagnosis for years before the onset of symptoms or go blindly through life not knowing you carry the gene? It’s a dilemma facing one […] → Read More

Colon screening controversy: Doctors say look at the data and don’t skip out

A new study on colon screenings is creating controversy. This research could have negative health implications. It was welcome news for people who just don’t like the idea of having a colonoscopy. A new study seemingly shows that colon cancer screening is not necessary. But doctors say not so fast. Looking more closely at the […] → Read More

‘Forever grateful:’ Heart surgeon treats husband and wife

Aleida and Jeff Vekony are always by each other’s side — even at cardiac rehab. Aleida Vekony doesn’t remember the near-fatal heart attack she had in December 2021 but her husband certainly does. “I found her laying completely lifeless on our kitchen floor,” he said. He immediately started CPR. “It just kicked in. I literally […] → Read More

A false peace of mind: Empowering women to know all options for breast cancer screening

She got an all-clear on her mammogram and breast ultrasound. But her relief was short-lived. Within two months, Leslie Ferris Yerger was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. How could that happen? She said the answer is important for all women to know. “All clear.” It’s what everyone wants to hear after a routine screening. […] → Read More

Suburban teacher empowers female students in science, math

RIVER FOREST, Ill. — Empowering female students in STEM education is the focus of Dr. Roz Iasillo, WGN’s first teacher of the month for the 2022-2023 school year. “Dr. Roz” teaches at Trinity High School in River Forest where she shares her love of science with young women and cultivates their limitless potential. “They deserve […] → Read More

More than 500K handmade cards later, a Park Ridge native is still spreading joy to kids in the hospital

CHICAGO — Once upon a time about 10 years ago, WGN’s Medical Watch team met Jen Rubino. Back then, Rubino was a patient laying in a hospital bed, recovering from major reconstructive surgery when she received a kind, yet simple gesture. Someone made her a card. “At the time, I had just had major surgery […] → Read More

Israeli mass-casualty response group shares tips in Northbrook

CHICAGO — Medical reporter Dina Bair has some advice from experts who traveled more than 6,000 miles to impart the wisdom they have learned from decades of violence. Coming together at the Northbrook Community Synagogue, the experts used the knowledge of the “first seven minutes training.” In the chaos of a violent incident, action is […] → Read More

The invisible wounds of traumatic brain injuries

Traumatic brain injuries among military personnel can have a devastating impact and create invisible wounds. Years of pain and suffering left a decorated Navy Seal feeling helpless. He hid the silent symptoms from his wife. Then, in his final act, gave her a mission of her own. Jamie and David Metcalf embraced military life together. […] → Read More

Heart recipient continues to inspire, thrive in career born from her own experience

The now healthy 28-year-old is a clinical field specialist at Abbott, a global healthcare company. → Read More

Posture plays important factor in late night medications

When it comes to making the most of late night medications before bed, new research shows posture plays an important factor. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have been using a computer modeling and simulation platform called Stomach-Sim, which is designed to mimic the biomechanics of the organ. “Most of the grinding and mixing of anything […] → Read More

1 pound at birth, 500 days in the hospital, miracle baby finally home

Lurie Children’s is home to the only bronchopulmonary dysplasia program in Illinois. → Read More