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Political mechanism to be formed to solve demarcation of provincial boundaries

Gorkha Post

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KATHMANDU — The big three political parties and agitating Untied Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) have agreed to form  a special political mechanism  to determine the issue of demarcation of provincial boundaries.

During a meeting called by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli at his official residencein Baluwatar on Friday, the task forces of the big three political parties have decided to make an utmost attempt to form the separate political mechanism before the PM’s India visit.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is scheduled a five-day official visit to India beginning February 19.

The meeting of the task forces of major parties and UDMF was called for the first time after the Front formally announced to end the four-and-half-month border blockade, general strike and other forms of protests on Monday.

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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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