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Country will enter into new era after election : UML Chair Oli

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DANG — CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli has said that the elections were being held for economic prosperity and political stability in the country.

Addressing an election gathering organised by the Joint Communist Alliance in Ghorahi Wednesday, the former prime minister said it was for the same reason that the electoral alliance was forged between CPN-MC and the CPN-UML.

Stating that the country would enter a new era following the elections, he claimed that the people in the country would no longer have to sleep empty stomach henceforth.

Stating that the communist forces united as the NC leadership could not give a way to the country, he claimed that the next government would be a communist government to accelerate development of the country.

He also questioned the intention behind the banda or general strike called by the Biplav Maoist when the leaders are holding mass meeting to express their views before the people

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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.

“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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