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WGN Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling shares how weight loss surgery changed his life

WGN Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling shares how weight loss surgery changed his life

CHICAGO — Loyal WGN News viewers have watched Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling’s weight loss for months. However, few know the struggles off the air that culminated in his transformation.In March, Skilling underwent gastric bypass surgery, but the procedure was just the beginning. In February, the meteorologist on Facebook.“As anyone who’s struggled to get weight off and KEEP it off, you realize at some point there are some people who need help beyond merely dieting,” he said in his post.Few knew the man with the big laugh and the wonderful appetite for life, struggled.“I used to be...

November 20, 2020
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New drug shows potential for reversing memory loss

New drug shows potential for reversing memory loss

Reversing memory loss. This is the Holy Grail in brain research.First, scientists discovered they could slow aging brain cells.Using the same technique, now Salk Institute researchers say they halted memory loss and they are hoping to enroll patients in a clinical trial aimed at restoring memories and stopping cognitive decline.The key ingredient could be right in the field.Strawberries are filled with fisetin.Apples, onions and cucumbers carry the flavonoid as well.And while most who enjoy the fruits and vegetables are oblivious to the ingredient, Salk Institute researcher Dr. Pamela Maher...

August 27, 2020
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When is the return to normalcy? Chicago infectious disease expert discusses future with COVID-19

When is the return to normalcy? Chicago infectious disease expert discusses future with COVID-19

SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, may wane once a vaccine is available. But that doesn’t mean a return to normal.Some new habits may stick around while we struggle through the summer, but are brighter days ahead?“I think summer 2025 in Chicago is going to look a lot more like summer 2019,” said University of Chicago Medicine infectious disease specialist Dr. Emily Landon said. “To be perfectly honest with you, this should be behind us by then.”Landon said in the next year or two, she hopes people will be able to go into crowds.“I hope that people will want to wear masks in their...

August 11, 2020
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What it’s like at the Brookfield Zoo now that there’s a stay-at-home order?

What it’s like at the Brookfield Zoo now that there’s a stay-at-home order?

The Brookfield Zoo is home to nearly 5,000 creatures big and small. If you’re missing the animals at zoo, well, turns out the feeling is mutual.Tim Sullivan, Brookfield Zoo curator of birds, said on days when the temperatures reached the 60s and 70s, the zoo can see anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000 guests.But nowadays behind the gates at Brookfield Zoo, there was silence and a busy sloth bear. Brothers Brutus and Titus still keep watch from their rocks. They arrived at the zoo on March 17, just two days before the shutdown.“Bright sunny day here so they’re out sunning themselves and doing...

April 21, 2020
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