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4 Your Health: lead levels tied to heart disease; the toll of a recession; the happiest city in America

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Naples, Florida is the happiest and healthiest city in the U.S.

That's according to the latest community well-being index from Gallup-Sharecare. Naples took the number one spot ... followed by Barnstable, Massachusetts and Boulder, Colorado. Fort Smith, Arkansas came in last.

The rankings are based on many factors, including financial stability, community safety, supportive relationships, and physical health.

The price of a recession

New research reveals the recent economic recession took a toll on the health of many Americans.

A new UCLA study tracked 46,000 adults throughout the late 2000's. It showed blood pressure and glucose levels rose during the recession, especially among older homeowners and people still in the workforce.

New found danger from lead

A history of lead exposure may be linked to more than a quarter of a million deaths from heart disease each year.

Canadian scientists studied over 14,000 older adults exposed to lead-based paints or other products, before they were banned. People with high blood lead levels had a 70 percent greater risk of dying from cardio-vascular disease than those with lower levels.

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