Staff Neurosurgeon, Emory Clinic; CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

Was mental illness Blaec Lammers' only crime? — To see exclusive interviews with the Lammers family, tune in to "Sanjay Gupta, M.D." on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET and Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET. (CNN) -- As a father of three, I felt Tricia Lammers' pain as she spoke about her son Blaec. He is 22 years old and 6-foot-2, with a goatee.

Bypassing a Broken Spine - A Paralyzed Man Moves — For the first time, a man with a severed spine has moved his fingers, offering hope that technology may one day conquer paralysis.

Modern Surgeons Borrow a Trick From Ancient Times — The brain is encased in bone, which makes performing surgery on it difficult. But there is a solution that embalmers in ancient Egypt knew about.

Chemo During Pregnancy Can Be Safe — The 'biggest surprise,' says a surgeon, is that we can defeat a pregnant woman's breast cancer while protecting her unborn baby.

Facing the Pain and Stigma of Crohn's Disease — Keagan Lynggard was 8 years old when she started having frequent stomach aches and cramps. It felt like "squeezing, twisting, [and] stabbing - all wrapped into one," she says. The symptoms were so severe at times that "she would roll up in a ball sobbing from the pain," her grandmother Sharon recalls.

Ebola: What Every American Needs to Know — Ebola is a killer, but it is not very contagious and not a threat in the United States.

Sanjay Gupta travels to discover his 'Roots' — CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta recently traveled to Pakistan, India and Michigan to trace his roots. "A beach. A camel. Karachi. Three things I never imagined going together," Gupta said. "But it ended up becoming the beginning of our whole journey." Watch Dr. Sanjay Gupta's family journey to Pakistan and India on "Anderson Cooper 360°" at 8 p.m.

6 Ways to Be Happy Alone — Everybody spends time alone, but some of us find it more difficult than others. The potential benefits of solitude include reduced stress, enhanced creativity, and improved concentration. Yet a recent study suggests that many people prefer any stimuli, even negative ones, to being alone with their thoughts.

An Ordinary Flu Led to 45 Days In a Coma — For most people, a flu means a few days in bed. For Shawn Krousey, it meant more than a month in a medically induced coma. He developed a dangerous complication called acute respiratory distress syndrome, ARDS. It's a severe injury to the lung, and 40 percent of those who develop it don't survive.

Why painkiller addicts turn to heroin — The face of heroin abuse in America is changing. Back in the 1960s, heroin users were usually young men, who started using around an average age of 16. They were most likely from low-income neighborhoods, and when they turned to opiates, heroin was their first choice.
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Nov 19, 2014

when should someone be considered a patient, instead of a prisoner? and, what if it was your own kid?

Nov 16, 2014

a writer captures both mania and depression in her novel. my interview with #bipolar author @JuliannGarey:

Nov 15, 2014

massachusetts town could become first in the nation to enact total #tobacco ban. could yours be next? @cnn #sgmd 430p

Nov 15, 2014

police say they averted a mass shooting. the young man's parents say his only crime is mental illness @cnn #sgmd 430p

Nov 14, 2014

this man is serving 2 concurrent 15yr sentences, but should he be a prisoner or a patient? joining @BrookeBCNN 245pET

Nov 13, 2014

when this man moved his fingers it created a sensation. why? his spine is severed.

Nov 12, 2014

@MayoClinic @aarpbulletin this is an irresponsible headline. this speculation does a disservice to his family and millions with #dementia

Nov 12, 2014

look ma, no scars. we don't always have to go through the skull to operate on the brain. one man's story:

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