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The Dead Man's Brain Was Famous; the Battle Over It, Secret

Luke Dittrich on what happened after Henry Molaison's death

(Newser) - Luke Dittrich doesn't mince words. In an adaptation from his new book published in the New York Times Magazine , he refers to Henry Molaison as "arguably the most important human research subject of all time." HM, as he was referred to in scientific literature, in 1953 underwent... More »

Amnesia Took His Name; 11 Years Later, He Got It Back

Relatives say 'Benjamin Kyle' left Indiana in 1976

(Newser) - In August 2004, a naked man was found semi-conscious outside a Burger King in south Georgia. An EMS report cited by 11Alive noted his "total body [was] covered in sores and rash," and he awoke in a hospital with no idea who he was. Eleven years after he... More »

It's Always March 14, 2005, for This Man

Man can't remember anything for longer than 90 minutes after dentist visit

(Newser) - March 14, 2005, was a day like any other for William, a 38-year-old member of the British Armed Forces stationed in Germany. He got up, went to the gym, played volleyball, and answered emails from his office. By 2:40pm, he was sitting in a dentist’s chair for a... More »

6 Signs You May Suffer From 'Digital Amnesia'

Reliance on using digital devices to store info may be making us forget things: study

(Newser) - Are you suffering from the "Google Effect"? According to a Kaspersky Lab survey of 1,000 consumers ages 16 and older, no age group is immune to what's also known as "digital amnesia," a phenomenon that Kaspersky says occurs when we forget information because we'... More »

Family IDs Mystery Calif. Woman With Amnesia

Her name is Ashley, not Sam—and she's American

(Newser) - A woman found on the streets of Carlsbad, Calif., in February and believed to be suffering from retrograde amnesia has been claimed by a family that's now filling in the blanks about her identity, the BBC reports. "Well we have some great news...PRAYERS have been answered!!!!"... More »

Woman Found in California Has No Idea Who She Is

Doctors say stage-3 tumor may be causing Sam's apparent amnesia

(Newser) - A woman who claims she has no idea who she is says she hopes to reconnect with family and a mystery man she may have loved before she dies of cancer. The woman—who goes by Sam and is believed to be in her 50s—was barely conscious when she... More »

Czech Pair: Mystery Man Is Our Son

Alleged amnesiac says he's 'about to be rescued from hell'

(Newser) - He may have been unable to remember who he was, but his hunch that he was a Czech may have been spot on. Police today said a Czech couple has identified a man apparently suffering from amnesia , found in a Norwegian snowdrift in December, as their 36-year-old son, the AP... More »

Mysterious Amnesiac Found in Snow Stumps Norway

'John Smith' has no memory or idea why he was in Norway

(Newser) - Police in Norway are asking the public to help them identify a young man found in a snowdrift months ago apparently suffering from total amnesia. The man, who calls himself John Smith, was found in an industrial region of Oslo and police believe he was a victim of crime, reports... More »

Swedish-Speaking Amnesiac Starts His New Life

With ex-lover he doesn't remember

(Newser) - Six months after waking up in a Palm Springs hospital with Transient Global Amnesia—speaking only Swedish with no recollection of his past—US Navy vet Michael Boatwright has landed back in Sweden, where he lived on and off for 20 years, the AP reports. With "no alternatives to... More »

Questions Arise About Swedish-Speaking Amnesia Patient

Some friends say Michael Boatman is just escaping his past

(Newser) - The incredible story of the Florida man who awoke in a hospital with amnesia and speaking only Swedish made headlines around the world this week. But as more details about the life of Michael Boatman—who believes his name is Johan Ek—emerge, some have been left wondering whether it'... More »

Man Wakes With Amnesia, Speaking Only Swedish

Doctors are looking into the mystery of Michael Boatwright

(Newser) - Doctors are looking into the mystery of a Florida man who awoke speaking only Swedish, with no memory of his past, after he was found unconscious four months ago at a Southern California motel. Michael Boatwright, 61, was in February taken to a Palm Springs medical center where he woke... More »

'Dark Knight' Suspect Says He Has Amnesia

'Daily News': He keeps telling jail staff he doesn't know why he's there

(Newser) - James Holmes has been telling jailhouse workers that he doesn't remember his alleged shooting spree. "He claims he doesn't know why he's in jail," one worker tells the New York Daily News . "He asked, 'Why am I here?'" But the worker said... More »

Prosecutors: Alleged Ponzi Schemer Stanford Faking Amnesia

Prison evaluators say he's performing so badly on tests, he can't be trying

(Newser) - R. Allen Stanford is only pretending to have amnesia, prosecutors told a judge yesterday, urging him to declare the alleged Ponzi schemer fit to stand trial. Stanford's trial has been on hold since January, when doctors testified that he might have suffered a brain injury in a prison brawl.... More »

Wife Regains Husband's Love After Severe Amnesia

He lost 46 years of memories in an instant

(Newser) - When 46-year-old Scott Bolzan slipped and fell in 2008, he suffered a brain injury that instantly wiped out all of his memory, writes his wife, Joan Bolzan, in the Daily Beast . He knew nothing of her, their two kids, or the business they ran. "Our marriage, our family, our... More »

Sex Really Can Be 'Mind-Blowing'

It can trigger temporary amnesia

(Newser) - LiveScience takes note of what may be the weirdest possible consequence of sex: amnesia. A medical journal recounts the recent case of a 54-year-old woman who showed up at the ER complaining that she barely remembered a thing from the past 24 hours: Diagnosis: transient global amnesia, triggered by... More »

Man Hits Head, Forgets Last 46 Years

Scott Bolzan studies pics to learn about his life

(Newser) - It sounds like a plot twist in a made-for-TV movie: A man slips, hits his head, and forgets everything. But it happened to Scott Bolzan. One year ago, the 47-year-old fell in the men's room at the jet management firm he ran and woke up blank. He didn't know his... More »

Police ID Amnesiac Teen Found in NYC

'Jane Doe' is 18-year-old from Washington state

(Newser) - A teenager who turned up outside a New York City shelter earlier this month saying she didn't know her name has been identified, police say. "Jane Doe" is 18-year-old Kacie Aleece Peterson from eastern Washington state, and her father is en route to New York to pick her up,... More »

Seattle Times Readers ID Globetrotting Amnesiac

(Newser) - Three weeks ago, a well-dressed man carrying $600 in his sock wandered out of a Seattle park with no idea who he was or how he got there. His identity was a mystery until today, when the Seattle Times ran a story on its front page with his picture and... More »

Researchers Discover Why Pot Makes You Forget

Scientists identify pathway for cognitive impairment under the effects of cannabis

(Newser) - Scientists have found the area in the mouse brain that marijuana acts upon to cause forgetfulness, AFP reports. Researchers in Barcelona used two groups of mice, each engineered to be missing one of the two concentrations of receptor neurons for cannabis (CB1) in the hippocampus, an area of the brain... More »

Boater Appears, 5 Years Later, Sans Memory

Canoeist presumed dead; his wife moved to Panama 4 weeks ago

(Newser) - A man who was presumed dead five years ago, when he failed to return from a canoeing trip, showed up in London today, the Daily Mail reports. John Darwin, 57 and able to remember only his name, walked into a police station saying: "I think I am a missing... More »

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