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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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Two held on charge of girls trafficking

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BETRAWATI— Police have arrested two persons for their alleged involvement in trafficking five adolescent girls aged between 13 to 16 — to India.

The arrestees have been identified as Nirmal Biswakarma (23) of Bheriganga Municipality-12 of Surkhet and Bikas Pyakurel (20) of Chaughada in Likhu Rural Municipality-4 of Nuwakot.

The Surkhet Police had arrested Biswokarma from his home while rescuing the captive girls on Friday and produced him before court on Saturday.

Likewise, acting on the statement of the captive girls, police arrested Pyakurel from Battar Bazaar, Nuwakot on Sunday.

According to District Police Office Chief Basanta Kunwar, a case related to human trafficking was registered against them on Sunday and investigation into the case was expedited from the Nuwakot District Court.

It has been learnt that the duo lured the girls, on their way to play Bhailo on Laxmi Puja, by promising them good jobs in India and transported them to Surkhet.

The rescued girls have been kept at a shelter of Women and Children Service Centre of Nepal Police.

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