KATHMANDU — Sadbhawana Party Chair Rajendra Mahato, one of the key leaders of the agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front, was injured in a clash with police at Rani customs point, near Biratnagar of Morang district, on Saturday.
Mahato has sustained serious wounds on his head and legs. While police claimed that Mahato was injured by stones tossed by the protesters from the Jogbani area crosswise over Nepal-India border, Sadbhawana Party leader Santosh Mehta accused security forces for using excessive force.
After the clash, Mahato and other UDMF activists went to the bordering Indian town of Jogbani where Mahato received primary treatment. Later he was brought to Biratnagar-based Golden Hospital and admitted in the ICU.
Mahato, alongside other Morcha activists, was staging a sit-into hinder the fringe point. The UDMF protesters then crossed into the Indian domain and heaved stones at police. Police had lobbed some tear gas canisters and charged batons to prevent any untoward situation. Five Morcha activists were also arrested.
Meanwhile, Upendra Mahato, a Central Committee member from Sadbhawana Party, wrote on Facebook that the protesters seized leader Mahato from the police custody and took him to the Golden Hospital in Biratnagar.Follow @gorkhapost
Regular bedtime beneficial for heart and metabolic health among older adults
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.Follow @gorkhapost