Medical Explanations for the Extraordinary!

Novalis Radiosurgery

UCLA neurosurgeon Dr. Neil Martin explains the latest in radiation therapy, Novalis radiosurgery, a noninvasive, rapid procedure that delivers direct treatment to the tumor itself, with minimized damage to surrounding tissues.

Savant Syndrome

While completely blind and severely autistic, Derek is a musical prodigy. UCLA neurosurgeon Dr. Neil Martin says that Derek has savant syndrome, a learning disability with a genius talent.

Legally Blind Pitcher

Douglas, 15, was born with congenital glaucoma, a rare condition that causes the drainage mechanism in the eye to develop improperly. Douglas is legally blind and has been playing baseball since the age of 5. By the time he was 10 he achieved what many...

Cirque Du Soleil's "O": Flexibility

Cirque du Soleil performers bend and twist their bodies into unimaginable positions. Assistant director of performance medicine for Cirque du Soleil, Kerry Gordon, explains how "O" contortionists attain their amazing flexibility and strength.

The "Human Google"

Brad, 55, has been coined “The Human Google” after being diagnosed with hyperthymesia. Hyperthymesia is a superior autobiographical memory where a person is able to remember almost any day within their lifetime.