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121 polling centers highly sensitive in Bara

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KALAIYA — A total of 121 polling centres in the district have been categorized as very sensitive in election being held here under the second phase of election to the House of Representatives and State Assemblies on coming December 7.

Of the total 303 polling centres in the district, 121 are categorized as very sensitive and another 97 as sensitive from the security point of view, and security measures have been put in place accordingly, said Chief District Officer Bijaya Narayan Manandhar.

There are a total of 349,947 voters in the district divided into four constituencies.

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Regular bedtime beneficial for heart and metabolic health among older adults

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KATHMANDU — Sufficient sleep has been proven to help keep the body healthy and the mind sharp. But a new study on sleep patterns has suggested that a regular bedtime and wake time are just as important for heart and metabolic health among older adults too.

Researchers at Duke Health and the Duke Clinical Research Institute, in a study of 1,978 older adults, have found that people with irregular sleep patterns weighed more, had higher blood sugar, higher blood pressure, and a higher projected risk of having a heart attack or stroke within 10 years than those who slept and woke at the same times every day.

The study  was published Sept 21 in the journal Scientific Reports.

“From our study, we can’t conclude that sleep irregularity results in health risks, or whether health conditions affect sleep,” said study’s lead author Jessica Lunsford-Avery.

“Perhaps all of these things are impacting each other.”

African-Americans had the most irregular sleep patterns compared to participants who were white, Chinese-American or Hispanic, the data showed.

Still, the data suggest tracking sleep regularity could help identify people at risk of disease, and where health disparities may impact specific groups.

Irregular sleepers were also more likely to report depression and stress than regular sleepers, both of which are tied to heart health.

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