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Fishtail Air chopper crashes in Rasuwa

Gorkha Post

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Rasuwa — A helicopter belonging to Fishtail Air met with a minor accident while taking off from Langtang, Rasuwa for Dhunche on Thursday.

The helicopter with the call sign 9N – AJI was en route to Kyangen from Dhunche when it crashed while landing, said District Police Chief, Avadesh Bista.

The chopper was operated by a Swedish pilot and the pilot has sustained minor injuries in the mishap.

The accident happened when the chopper was returning to Dhunche after unloading relief materials.

It has been learnt that a private company had chartered the chopper to ferry construction materials to the quake-hit village. The helicopter had loaded the materials from the district headquarters Dhunche.

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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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