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Watching too much TV may lead to death

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A team of researchers has warned prolonged TV viewing is hazardous to health and 8 leading reasons for death in the US.

According to the Study that appears in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, on average, 80 percent of American adults watch 3.5 hours of TV for each day and different observational studies have shown a link between TV viewing and poorer wellbeing.

The researchers reported a relationship between increasing hours of TV viewing per day and increasing risk of death from most of the major causes of death in the United States.

Previous studies had reported a relationship between TV viewing and elevated risk of death from cancer and cardiovascular disease. In this study, researchers at the National Cancer Institute looked at more than 221,000 individuals aged 50-71 years old who were free of chronic disease at study entry.

They confirmed the association for higher mortality risk from cancer and heart disease. In addition, they identified new associations with higher risk of death from most of the leading causes of death in the U.S., such as, diabetes, influenza/pneumonia, Parkinson’s disease, and liver disease.

The results fit within a growing body of research, indicating that too much sitting can have many different adverse health effects, explained lead investigator Sarah K. Keadle.

Keadle cautioned that although each of the associations observed have plausible biological mechanisms, several associations are being reported for the first time and additional research is needed to replicate these findings and to understand the associations more completely.

– ANI

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Country marking today as Black Day

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KATHMANDU- The country is marking today (December 16) as Black Day to protest the disposition of the first democratically elected government by the late former king Mahendra Shah on December 15, 1960.

Mahendra took charge of the state with the help of the then Royal Nepali Army and formulated the Panchayat System by overthrowing the elected government led by B.P. Koirala and dissolving the parliament.

Various programmes are scheduled on the occasion.

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