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99-year-old Australian swimmer breaks freestyle world record

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A 99-year-old Australian swimmer has set a new record in the 50 metre freestyle swimming, breaking the world record in his age bracket at the Commonwealth Games swimming trials on the Gold Coast on Wednesday night.

George Corones, who turns 100 in April, completed the 50-metre freestyle in 56.12 seconds, and was the only competitor in the 100-104 age group.

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Organisers of the trials had given Corones a chance to break the world record, which was previously set by the late Canadian swimmer Jaring Timmerman in 2009 with a time of 1 minute and 16.92 seconds.

The Australian Dolphins Swim Team has posted on their Facebook page:”We have just witnessed history in the making!”

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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.

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“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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