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Medical team sent to diarrhea-affected Barpark following child’s death

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GORKHA —  A 15-month-old child has died from diarrhea at Barpak of Sulikot Rural Municipality-2 in Gorkha.

“Though the village reports an outbreak of diarrhea since the past two weeks, it came to light following the death of baby boy Amrit Ghale of Koje, Barpak,” said a local teacher Gautam Gurung.

With the report of the first case of death due to the cause of diarrhoea, the District Public Health Office (DPHO), Gorkha has deputed a health team in the village who will render medical facilities to the affected, will make people aware of preventive measures against the disease and put in place interventive measures, launching a public awareness campaign on the importance of use of safe water simultaneously, according to DPHO Chief Kedar Raj Parajuli.

The team will work in cooperation with the local women health volunteers.

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According to the local health post, some four to five people visit the health post every day in search of treatment for diarrhea.

Health post chief Anil Kumar Saha said the disease has not taken an epidemic turn and it is expected to come under control within a few days.

The health post has a sufficient stock of medicines essential to control the disease and there is an abundant supply of medicines to the affected areas, he added.

The use of contaminated water and lack of proper hygiene practices are suspected as the causes for the diarrhea outbreak at Barpark which was the epicenter of the 2015 ‘Gorkha’ Earthquake.

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Drinking 3 cups of coffee or tea daily may keep stroke risk at bay

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KATHMANDU — There have been several conflicting studies on the health benefits of drinking coffee and tea and their various varieties. But drinking up to three cups of coffee or tea in a day is safe because it reduces irregular heartbeat and stroke risk, according to a new study published in the journal JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology.

Coffee has previously been believed to worsen abnormal heart rhythms, as doctors generally discourage patients suffering from the condition. However, the results of this particular study say that a daily consumption of upto 300 mg of caffeine may be safe for arrhythmic patients.

This is because the caffeine acts as a stimulant to the central nervous system and blocks the effect of adenosine. Adenosine is a chemical which causes Atrial Fibrillation (AFib).

A single cup of coffee contains about 95 mg of caffeine. It acts as a stimulant to the central nervous system and works to block the effects of adenosine — a chemical that causes AFib.

AFib is the most common heart rhythm disorder, causes the heart to beat rapidly and skip beats, and if left untreated, can cause strokes.

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“There is a public perception, often based on anecdotal experience, that caffeine is a common acute trigger for heart rhythm problems,” said lead author Peter Kistler, Director at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital.

But, “caffeinated beverages such as coffee and tea have long-term anti-arrhythmic properties mediated by antioxidant effects and antagonism of adenosine,” he added.

A meta-analysis of 228,465 participants showed that AFib frequency decreasing by 6 per cent in regular coffee drinkers, and an analysis of 115,993 patients showed a 13 per cent reduced risk.

Another study of 103 post-heart attack patients who received an average of 353 mg of caffeine a day showed improvement in heart rate and no significant arrhythmias — or abnormal heart rhythms, that cause the heart to beat too fast, slow or unevenly.

However, in two studies, where patients drank at least 10 cups and nine cups of coffee per day, showed an increased risk for ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) – a condition in which the lower chambers of the heart (ventricles) beat very quickly.

On the other hand, patients with pre-existing heart conditions who consumed two or more energy drinks — that contains concentrated caffeine — per day reported palpitations within 24 hours.

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