Alzheimer's May Be Third Leading Cause of Death in America

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_d534896882.jpgStockbyte/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Alzheimer's disease may claim more lives than reports have previously indicated, perhaps resulting in more American deaths than any other cause besides heart disease and cancer. The study was published earlier this week in the journal Neurology and determined that many reported deaths miss Alzheimer's disease as an underlying cause of death. The report, USA Today says, found that annual Alzheimer's death rates should be closer to 500,000 than the 85,000 or so counted by the government.

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Skin Cancers at a Young Age May Mean More Cancer Later

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_f6d1c0033a.jpgStockbyte/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- People who suffer from skin cancer at a younger age may be at risk of other cancers later in life, new research shows. Researchers in the United Kingdom compared data on 500,000 patients with a history of non-melanoma skin cancer and nearly nine million cancer-free individuals. Six years later, the skin cancer survivors were 36 percent more likely to develop a second cancer somewhere else in their bodies.

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Fla. Family Hospitalized After Eating Meat Contaminated with LSD

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_aa61e91e67.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (TAMPA) -- A Florida family, which included a pregnant woman, were hospitalized after consuming meat laced with the hallucinogenic drug LSD, according to the Tampa Police Department. The family of four was sickened Monday night and did not initially know what caused the “mysterious illness,” but the county medical examiner’s office determined it was the psychedelic drug, officials said.

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Can Technology Help You Read Faster?

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_0eb7082949.jpgSpritz (NEW YORK) -- A new speed reading program promises to help you read a novel in less than 90 minutes without having to move your eyes. Boston-based tech company Spritz has been working in “Stealth Mode” for three years, developing technology that manipulates text word format to limit your eye movement when reading, and shorten the time your brain takes to process the information.

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Surgery for ‘Brainy’ Scalp Changes a Man’s Life

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_6084295a7f.jpgCourtesy Dr. Ramtin Kassir (NEW YORK) -- Kassim Robinson used to hide his head under a heap of dreadlocks. But now the 30-year-old nurse wears his hair short, thanks to surgery to smooth out his “brainy” scalp. Robinson has cutis verticis gyrata or CVG, a rare disorder that thickens the scalp into cerebral-looking folds. “I always had a lot of skin on my head,” said Robinson, who was diagnosed with CVG in high school after getting a haircut.

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