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Modi’s security adviser Doval meets PM Oli

Gorkha Post

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NEW DELHI — National Security Adviser to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ajit Doval has met visiting Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli at Rastrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on Monday.

Earlier in the day, Indian State Minister for Power, Piyush Goyal, and State Minister for Ayush, Shreepad Yesso Naik had independently met Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli at the official residence of the Indian President.

Doval has discussed the recently signed assistance agreements and avenues for further improving ties between the two counties, according to a diplomatic representative present at the meeting.

PM Oli also expressed his hopefulness that the relations between two countries have become quite expectant.

It has been learnt that the issues related to bilateral ties, mutual interest and different sectors of cooperation were also discussed in the meeting.

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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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