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Baburam Bhattarai elected from Gorkha 2

Gorkha Post

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GORAKHA — Naya Shakti Nepal Coordinator and former Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai has been elected from from Gorkha Constituency No 2 with a margin of 6,874 votes.

Backed by the Nepali Congress, Bhattarai defeated his closest rival leftist alliance candidate Narayan Kaji Shrestha by more than 6,874 votes.

While Bhattarai secured 31,807 votes, Shrestha could garner 24,933 votes.

Meanwhile, Shrestha called him on his mobile and congratulated him for the victory.

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Regular bedtime beneficial for heart and metabolic health among older adults

Raghu Kshitiz

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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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