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Women living near natural vegetation live longer

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NEW YORK — Women who live near natural vegetation live longer, compared with woman with the least levels of greenery close to their homes, a study has found.

According to the paper published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, women with the highest vegetation around their homes had a 12 percent lower death rate, according to researchers. The discoveries showed 41 percent lower demise rate for kidney disease, 34 percent lower death rate for respiratory disease and 13 percent lower death rate for cancer in the greenest zones.

“It is important to know that trees and plants provide health benefits to our communities, as well as beauty,” said Linda Birnbaum from National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in the US. “The finding of reduced mortality suggests that vegetation may be important to health in a broad range of ways,” Birnbaum added.

The team examined greenness around the homes of 1,08,630 women from 2000 to 2008 to explore how an environment with trees, shrubs and plants might lower mortality rates. They then mapped their home locations and used high resolution satellite imagery to determine the level of vegetation within 250 metres and 1,250 metres of homes.

“The ability to examine vegetation in relatively fine detail around so many homes, while also considering the characteristics of the individual participants, is a major strength of this study,” said lead researcher Bonnie Joubert from NIEHS.

The researchers consistently found lower mortality rates in women as the level of trees and plants increased around their homes. Improved mental health and social engagement are the strongest factors, while increased physical activity and reduced air pollution also contribute, the study found.

The scientists also looked at characteristics that can otherwise contribute to mortality risk, such as age, race, ethnicity, smoking and socioeconomic status.

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Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days

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KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.

Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.

Nirmala was found dead in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.

According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.

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