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2 dies after Elevated Rio beach bike lane collapses

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RIO DE JANEIRO — A seaside side section of an elevated bicycle lane built as part of improvements for the Rio Olympics has collapsed, killing two people, after a powerful wave crashed into it on Thursday.

Scuba divers were looking for a possible third victim in the ocean after the structure fell along its seaside path over a sheer cliff, said Pedro Paulo, a senior official in the mayor’s office. Three other individuals were found  alive.

The disaster on the $16 million lane, which was only inaugurated in January, is the latest setback for Rio de Janeiro as it prepares to host the Olympics in August.

Rescuers brought the bodies of two men onto a crowded beach and covered them with a sheet. A woman wept over one of the bodies.

One of the victims was a 54-year-old man who was jogging when the path crashed, relatives said.

“He always ran there,” Joao Ricardo, his brother-in-law, told the G1 news website.

Mr Paulo said authorities were investigating the cause of the accident but that a “strong” wave had struck the path, which is held up by pillars, beforehand.

“The first possibility is that the force of the wave coming from below up lifted the [bike lane] and then the path fell,” he told reporters.

A witness told Globo television that he had just rode his bike across the path when a big wave appeared.

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Sleeping in on weekends may help live longer

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Sleep deprivation has been found to have numerous negative effects on a person’s health. But the new study has shown that sleeping more on the weekend might help ease health problems associated with not getting enough during the week, and even reduce the risk of an early death.

The study, published in Journal of Sleep Research by scientists from Sweden and the United States, suggested that the negative effects of a few nights of short sleep could be counteracted by staying in bed over the weekend.

The from the Stress Research Institute (SRI) at Stockholm University and the Karolinska Institute discovered that people below 65 years old who slept less than five hours on weekends had a higher risk of early death after examining medical and lifestyle data from more than 43,000 adults, following them for a period of 13 years.

For people who slept for less than five hours throughout the week but slept longer on the weekends for about nine hours, there was no increase in mortality risk. But, for people who consistently slept for less than five hours through the whole week, the mortality risk is higher.

Torbjorn Akerstedt, one of the authors of the research and a clinical neuroscience professor from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, said that the findings were consistent with previous studies on the link between sleep duration and mortality.

However, those previous studies only focused on sleep during weekdays.

“The results imply that short sleep is not a risk factor for mortality if it is combined with a medium or long weekend sleep,” the researchers wrote in the study.

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