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NC condemns attack on Gagan Thapa

Gorkha Post

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KATHMANDU — Nepali Congress has condemned the bomb attack targeting its federal parliamentary candidate from Kathmandu, constituency-4, Gagan Kumar Thapa on Monday.

Thapa was injurd in the blast that occured while he was in an election campaign at Chapali in Budhanilkantha Municipality-2

Issuing a press release immediately after the attack, the NC said, “NC strongly condemns the terror attacks on its leaders, candidates and cadres with an intention to kill.”

It further said: “This kind of attack has violated citizen’s fundamental right to take part and hold elections in a free and peaceful manner and undermined the democratic norms and values.”

An unidentified group has detonated a bomb in Budhanilkantha municipality this afternoon, leaving 11 people including NC candidate Gagan Thapa injured.

Meanwhile, injured Thapa was discharged from the hospital after receiving treatment at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH).

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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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