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Minister Paswan hands over cycle to PM Oli

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KATHMANDU — Minister for Population and Environment, Bishwendra Paswan on Tuesday, handed over a cycle to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli under the ‘Environment-Friendly National Campaign’ at the official residence of the Prime Minister at Baluwatar.

The Ministry has been encouraging the use of bicycle under the slogan- Let Us Save Every Drop of Fuel and Participate in Environment-friendly National Campaign.”

On the occasion, Minister Paswan said that the campaign would promote national independency and economy at a time when the country has been facing fuel crisis.

PM Oli also participated in the campaign by riding cycle for a while.

Minister Paswan also informed that cycles would also be handed over to Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala and UCPN- Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal as per the campaign.

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Regular bedtime beneficial for heart and metabolic health among older adults

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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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