Oliver Sacks: He Explained the Mind’s Oddities to Us

Oliver Sacks was perhaps the only neurologist to inspire a hit Hollywood film, 1990’s Awakenings starring Robin Williams. The movie was based on Sacks’ 1973 memoir about his work with encephalitis patients, one of 14 books by the physician and professor turned author, who passed away Aug. 30 at age 82 in New York City having helped millions of readers understand the myriad peculiarities and wonders of the human brain. Famous People We’ve Lost in 2015 » Sacks himself had more …

Five Ways to Hear Better

Do you think you’re losing your hearing? You probably are. Two-thirds of those over 75 have some degree of hearing loss, and so do a substantial percentage of younger people. The most effective way to deal with hearing loss is to get hearing aids. But if you’re not ready for hearing aids or other hearing assistive devices, you can help your hearing by learning to listen better. You could think of it as mindful listening. Here are five tips: Face the …

Robin Williams Made a Movie About a Parkinson’s Drug

As details of Robin Williams’ death continue to emerge, we learn more about the actor’s life. His wife, Susan Schneider, has revealed that he was struggling with a recent diagnosis of early Parkinson’s disease. “Robin’s sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson’s disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly,” she said in a public statement. Nearly 25 years ago, Williams …