A student in Gregg Thompson's sixth-grade social studies class at Woodland Middle School in Gurnee asks, "Why can you only control so much of your brain?" The three-pound organ inside the skull, the brain, is truly the most amazing and complex part of the body -- even during sleep, the human brain is fast at work processing, organizing and storing important memory-related functions. Click here to continue reading the Daily Herald article.
Northwest Community Healthcare’s (NCH) Medical Group has increased its network of experienced doctors as it welcomes neurosurgeon Shaun T. O’Leary, MD, Ph.D, FAANS. Dr. O’Leary is board certified in neurological surgery and will help lead the growth of neurosurgical patient care at the NCH Medical Group office, 880 W. Central Road, Suite 6100, in Arlington Heights. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Georgetown University in Washington D.C., and at graduation was awarded the Stacy L. Rollins Jr., MD Outstanding Student of Neurosurgery. Dr. O’Leary also completed a doctorate degree in organic chemistry at Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J., under the mentorship of Robert L. Augustine in organo-metallic catalysis.
To date more than 800,000 patients worldwide have undergone Leksell Gamma Knife surgery for brain tumors, vascular disorders, trigeminal neuralgia and acoustic neuroma. This fast, painless stereotactic radiosurgery, that requires no anesthesia or recovery, has shown superior clinical outcomes over the last 40 years. More than 2,500 peer-reviewed articles have been published regarding the effectiveness of Gamma Knife procedures, considered the gold standard in radiosurgery. With pinpoint accuracy, the Gamma Knife can deliver a single high dose of radiation from multiple directions at intracranial and extracranial tumors and lesions, sparing vascular and neural structures outside the target area. Often requiring only one outpatient treatment, Gamma Knife procedures mean less physical strain on the patient, and less financial strain on the healthcare system. On June 13, 2013, the Alexian Brothers Neurosciences Institute hosted a blessing and open house to showcase the new PERFEXION Gamma Knife® installed at the Illinois Gamma Knife Center on the campus of Alexian Brothers Medical Center. PERFEXION represents the latest generation in minimally invasive cranial radiosurgery. Elekta, PERFEXION’s manufacturer, reports “This new integrated system, with its revolutionary design, provides full cranial reach. [It] is built to deliver outstanding patient and staff comfort and better dosimetry performance than any other radiosurgical system.” Since its opening in 2005, the Illinois Gamma Knife Center has treated approximately 1,500 patients. Patrick Sweeney, M.D., Radiation Oncologist, says that PERFEXION now offers two distinct advantages to patients and physicians over previous generations. First, the system enables greater access anywhere in the head, including the skull base and upper spine, allowing patients to lie comfortably for the procedure. Second, it allows for treatment of more than one target in the same session. Diagnostic imaging, treatment planning and dose delivery [...]