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Bailey bridge constructed over Jayashree River in Gaidakot

Gorkha Post




A new Bailey bridge has been constructed over the Jayashree River along the East-West Highway in Gaidakot of Nawalparasi. Vehicles have started plying over the new bridge after the installation was completed yesterday evening.

Western Regional Road Division Office, Butwal had installed the bridge within two weeks. The beidge equipment were purchased Pokhara and installed within of 13 days, according to a sub-engineer Bishnu Khanal of the office.

Although the bridge is operational, vehicles weighing more than 50 tons are not allowed over the bridge, said Khanal. “The bridge was damaged because of over-burden vehicles, so if we don’t give careful consideration with respect to the heaviness of vehicles, we are well on the way to face some major snags soon,” he clarified.

Vehicles were plying through a diversion over the river after the bridge was damaged in the first week of August.

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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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