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Vermont Named Healthiest State, But What’s the Unhealthiest?

If you live in Vermont, congratulations — for the fifth year in a row, your state has been named as the healthiest in the country.

The United Health Foundation’s 2011 America’s Health Rankings, released Monday, also put New Hampshire, Connecticut, Hawaii and Massachusetts in the top five.

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Working the Night Shift May Literally Increase Your Risk of Diabetes — Health Check

All you ladies out there now have an excuse for getting out of working night shifts. A new study indicates women who work these hours could be increasing their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Who knew?

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Older Women Are in Luck! Mammograms Work Better for Them — Health Check

Are mammograms actually effective? Several conflicting studies have come out in the past few years, leading some to pose this question. Don’t fear though ladies. An even newer study from Dutch researchers indicates that they do work, but older women might be getting more out of them.

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Autistic Kids Get a Special Meeting with ‘Sensitive Santa’ [VIDEO]

The bright lights, loud music and long lines can often keep autistic kids from engaging in a holiday ritual many children enjoy: an annual visit with Santa.

So one mall opened early last Sunday morning for some low-key “sensitive Santa” time.

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Careful How You Smell, You May Be Sending the Wrong Message — Health Check

Hygiene isn’t the only thing you have to worry about when it comes to how you smell. Your unique odors may be giving away what your personality is like, too.

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Lung Cancer Is Officially No Longer Just a ‘Smoker’s Disease’ — Health Check

While most cases of lung cancer occur in smokers, nearly 20 percent of cases strike those who’ve never touched a cigarette. When it comes down to the facts, 32,000 nonsmoking Americans die from lung cancer every year — so many that experts say it’s time to stop calling it “the smoker’s disease.”

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Need an Energy Boost? Skip the Coffee, Take a Nap — Health Check

If you find yourself dragging in the middle of the day, don’t reach for the coffee pot — reach for a pillow instead. Experts say naps may be a good way to make up for the sleep deficit many of us have from not getting enough shut-eye at night.

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Dreaming Away Your Stress May Actually Work — Health Check

While brain activity during sleep is still largely a mystery, scientists have discovered that dreaming not only consolidates our memories and helps us learn, it may also soothe stressful reactions to bad experiences.

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Newest Trick to Eating Less Has People Using Different Colored Plates — Health Check

Veteran dieters know one way to eat less is to use smaller plates to fool the eye into thinking we have more food in front of us. But new research revealed the color of our plates and tables matter just as much.

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Miraculous Accident Allows Paralympic Cyclist to Walk Again [VIDEO]

Normally it’s an accident that causes permanent limb damage and changes the course of an athlete’s career. But for paralympian Monique va der Vorst, the opposite proved to be true. The paralympic cyclist and two-time silver medalist recently got into an accident and found herself left with a bit of a surprise — after 14 years of living in a wheelchair, she could suddenly walk again.

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