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Unrest in Tarai- Madhes wouldn’t end unless three provinces formed: DPM Gachchdar

Gorkha Post

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BIRATNAGAR — Deputy Prime Minister Bijay Kumar Gachchhadar has said that the current unrest in Tarai- Madhes wouldn’t end unless three provinces are formed in the region.

Speaking at a press meet here on Wednesday, Gachchhadar said that the Separate province is necessary to preserve identity of people living in eastern region.

“People don’t want to be part of the Province 2 and can’t be done forcefully,” Gachchdar further said, “Hence, demand of the agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) to include Jhapa, Morang and Sunsari districts in Province 2 can’t be addressed at any cost”.

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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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