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5.5 magnitude aftershock jolts western, central Nepal

Gorkha Post



KATHMANDU — A moderate tremor jolted the western and central Nepal including the Kathmandu Valley and adjoining districts at around 11:54 pm on Sunday midnight.

According to the National Seismological Centre, it was an aftershock of the April 25 earthquake. It was of local magnitude 5.5 and epicenter in Gorkha district.

A 4.1-magnitude aftershock was felt with Nuwakot epicenter at 3:54 am yesterday.

As many as 433 aftershocks with magnitude 4 or above have been recorded following the Gorkha earthquake that devastated Nepal on April 25.

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Regular bedtime beneficial for heart and metabolic health among older adults

Raghu Kshitiz



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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