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FlyDubai plane crashes in Russia, all 62 people onboard killed

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MOSCOW — A plane carrying 62 people has crashed while trying to land at Russia’s Rostov-on-Don airport, killing all those onboard, officials say.

The plane, operated by Dubai-based carrier Flydubai, ‘hit the ground and broke into pieces,’ the Investigative Committee of Russia said in a statement on its website.

Russia’s state-run RIA Novosti news agency said the Boeing 737 crashed to the left of the runway during bad weather.

“According to preliminary data, there were 55 passengers aboard and 7 crew members. They all died.”

FlyDubai released a statement on its Facebook page confirming the ‘tragic accident’ involving its flight FZ981.

“We are doing all we can to gather information as quickly as possible,” the airline said.

“At this moment our thoughts and prayers are with our passengers and our crew who were on board the aircraft.”

FlyDubai said it was working closely with authorities. “We will share as much information as possible just as soon as we can and we will provide updated information on a regular basis.”

The Rostov regional emergency ministry told Russian television there may have been three foreigners on the plane. However, the area’s regional governor said most passengers were from the surrounding region.

In a statement, Russia’s emergencies ministry said the aircraft had to abandon an initial attempt to land and came down at 3:50am local time while making a repeat attempt.

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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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