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Girl killed after gang rape in Rukum

Gorkha Post

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RUKUM — A high school girl was killed after a gang rape in Kholagaun town of Rukum district, a posthumous report revealed on Wednesday.

The victim identified as Susmita Shah (16) from Sarkena, Kholagaun-5, was gang raped before her murder on Monday, according to Dr Deepak Pun of the Jajarkot District Hospital.  The victim was an 11th grader at the local Himalaya Higher Secondary School.

Her body was recovered in a forest nearby her house by locals on Monday night and brought to the Hospital for autopsy on Tuesday, informed police.

According to the police, the girl had left for the forest at around 4 pm on Monday to collect firewood. The family members had launched a search after she did not return home till the late night.

Police have launched an investigation into the case.

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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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