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Manhunt launched for eighth terrorist in Paris attack

Gorkha Post

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PARIS — French and Belgian police have issued an international arrest warrant for a possible eighth person involved in Friday’s attack.

An alert has gone out for Abdeslam Salah, one of three French brothers who were living in the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek.

The 26-year-old is currently the subject of an international manhunt in the wake of being recognized as the main surviving terrorist from the attacks that left 129 people dead.

Officials have revealed Abdeslam was questioned, had his papers checked and was then released close to the Belgian border by French police, hours after the attacks.

Security sources said two of his brothers were also involved and that one of the brothers, 31-year-old Brahim Abdeslam, died in the attacks, while another has been arrested in Belgium.

The investigation points to the likelihood of a team led by French nationals, based in Belgium. The two countries have pledged to work together.

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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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