Oliver Sacks was an author, physician and a professor of neurology at the New York University School of Medicine. Chris McGrath/Getty Images hide caption

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Oliver Sacks: A Neurologist At The 'Intersection Of Fact And Fable'
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Neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks speaks at Columbia University in June 2009 in New York City. Sacks, a prolific author and commentator, has died at age 82. Chris McGrath/Getty Images hide caption

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Nurses Katherine Malinak and Amy Young lift Louis DeMattio, a stroke patient, out of his hospital bed using a ceiling-mounted lift at the Cleveland Clinic. Dustin Franz for NPR hide caption

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People With Brain Injuries Heal Faster If They Get Up And Get Moving
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A color-enhanced cerebral MRI showing a glioma tumor. Scott Camazine/Science Source hide caption

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Thoughts Can Fuel Some Deadly Brain Cancers
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Jonathan Keleher is one of a handful of people who have lived their entire lives without a cerebellum. Ellen Webber for NPR hide caption

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A Man's Incomplete Brain Reveals Cerebellum's Role In Thought And Emotion
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The size of the brain of a chimpanzee (right) is considerably smaller than that of a human brain. Probably multiple stretches of DNA help determine that, geneticists say. Science Photo Library/Corbis hide caption

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Just A Bit Of DNA Helps Explain Humans' Big Brains
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Bob Smithson, 79, can now hold his head upright and breathe on his own, thanks to a medication for myasthenia gravis. M. Scott Brauer for NPR hide caption

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Medicine's Subtle Art Gives A Man The Chance To Breathe Again
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Dr. Allan Ropper speaks with residents and fellows as they do rounds at the neuroscience intensive care unit at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. M. Scott Brauer for NPR hide caption

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A Doctor Unlocks Mysteries Of The Brain By Talking And Watching
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Kent Stephenson, a research participant at the University of Louisville's Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center, has his level of muscle activity and force measured by Katelyn Gurley. Courtesy of the University of Louisville hide caption

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Deep brain stimulation eased Shari Finsilver's tremors, but didn't stop them entirely. Here she uses both hands to stabilize a glass of water. Marvin Shaouni for NPR hide caption

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Involuntary Shaking Can Be Caused By Essential Tremors
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Could the images common in accounts of near-death experiences be explained by a rush of electrical activity in the brain? Odina/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Brains Of Dying Rats Yield Clues About Near-Death Experiences
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Dr. Jame Abraham used positron emission tomography, or PET, scans to understand differences in brain metabolism before and after chemotherapy. Dr. Jame Abraham hide caption

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Another Side Effect Of Chemotherapy: 'Chemo Brain'
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Pinwheels like these are often used to test nerve responses. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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New Methods Could Speed Up Repair Of Injured Nerves
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