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US deploys B-52 bombers against Islamic State

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA — The US Air Force on Saturday deployed Cold War-time B-52 bombers to bolster the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, stepping up efforts to defeat the extremists.

The B-52 Stratofortress aircrafts, which arrived in Qatar, were situated in Saudi Arabia and last flown operationally in May 2006 as a feature of the war in Afghanistan, aviation based armed forces authorities said.

It was not promptly clear what number of the aircraft had been conveyed.

“The B-52 will give the coalition proceeded with accuracy and convey fancied airpower impacts,” said Lieutenant General Charles Brown, officer of US Air Forces Central Command.

The long-run planes will give “adaptability and perseverance” in the US-drove coalition battle against the jihadists, he included.

“The B-52 exhibits our proceeded with resolve to apply constant weight on (the IS gathering) and guard the locale in any future possibility,” Brown said.

The B-52, the principal US long-run substantial aircraft, was created to convey atomic weapons and has been adjusted throughout the years. It has been utilized as a part of missions in the Vietnam War, the 1991 Gulf War and in Afghanistan.

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Sleeping in on weekends may help live longer

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Sleep deprivation has been found to have numerous negative effects on a person’s health. But the new study has shown that sleeping more on the weekend might help ease health problems associated with not getting enough during the week, and even reduce the risk of an early death.

The study, published in Journal of Sleep Research by scientists from Sweden and the United States, suggested that the negative effects of a few nights of short sleep could be counteracted by staying in bed over the weekend.

The from the Stress Research Institute (SRI) at Stockholm University and the Karolinska Institute discovered that people below 65 years old who slept less than five hours on weekends had a higher risk of early death after examining medical and lifestyle data from more than 43,000 adults, following them for a period of 13 years.

For people who slept for less than five hours throughout the week but slept longer on the weekends for about nine hours, there was no increase in mortality risk. But, for people who consistently slept for less than five hours through the whole week, the mortality risk is higher.

Torbjorn Akerstedt, one of the authors of the research and a clinical neuroscience professor from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, said that the findings were consistent with previous studies on the link between sleep duration and mortality.

However, those previous studies only focused on sleep during weekdays.

“The results imply that short sleep is not a risk factor for mortality if it is combined with a medium or long weekend sleep,” the researchers wrote in the study.

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