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Less than 6 hours of sleep can double death risk

Failing to sleep less than six hours may nearly double the risk of death in people with metabolic syndrome – a combination of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity, researchers have warned.

A study found that people with metabolic syndrome who slept for more than six hours were about 1.49 times more likely to die of stroke.Conversely, those who slept less than six hours were about 2.1 times more likely to die of heart disease or stroke. For those who got more sleep, the risk of death was more modest, the researchers said.The short sleepers with metabolic syndrome were also 1.99 times more likely to die from any cause compared to those without metabolic syndrome.

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“If you have several heart disease risk factors, taking care of your sleep and consulting with a clinician if you have insufficient sleep is important if you want to lower your risk of death from heart disease or stroke,” said lead author Julio Fernandez-Mendoza, Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. For the study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, the team selected 1,344 adults (average age 49 years, 42 per cent male) who agreed to spend one night in a sleep laboratory.

The results showed that 39.2 per cent of the participants had at least three of the risk factors – body mass index (BMI) higher than 30 and elevated total cholesterol, blood pressure, fasting blood sugar and triglyceride levels.During an average follow-up of 16.6 years, 22 per cent of the participants died.

“Future clinical trials are needed to determine whether lengthening sleep, in combination with lowering blood pressure and glucose, improves the prognosis of people with the metabolic syndrome,” Fernandez-Mendoza said.

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Chemists strike on May 30: Why medical stores shut protesting against online pharmacies

Chemists strike on May 30: Why medical stores shut protesting against online pharmacies; All you need to know

New Delhi, May 30: To protest against strict rules on the sale of medicines in India and against online pharmacies, over 9 lakh chemists will close own their medical stores observing a 24-hour strike today. While the medical stores will stay shut for a day, emergency pharmacies in and around hospitals will remain open, Sandeep Nangia, president, Retail Distributors Chemists Association said. As per the reports, the chemists across the country are also protesting a crush on margins of retailers. The chemists across India will go on a strike starting from 12 midnight on May 29 till 12 midnight on May 30. They are also likely to hold a demonstration at Jantar Mantar on May 30.

The strike was called by All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD), which represents nearly nine lakh registered chemists across the nation.

The chemists had issued an advanced notice to the government putting across their concerns and informing it about the strike. However, the chemists had to resort to a protest after the government failed to address their demands and pay heed to their concerns. They decided to go on with their strike despite home ministry’s interference late Monday evening. They have also served an advance notice to the Drug Controller Department, Health Ministry, and Prime Minister’s Office.

“We have made many representations to the government but found no positive response to our concerns. The government wants us to feed all information related to the sale of medicines on a portal. With the current infrastructure, it is not possible for us. On the other hand, with new regulations our margins are under pressure,” the organisation says, reports Oneindia.

The chemists have also said that they oppose online pharmacies since they being a threat to their own business. They have reportedly said that it is a dangerous practice and can lead to irrational usage of medicines and sale of fake drugs.

On February 9, AIOCD had demanded that amendments to Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1940. they had also demanded that online sell of medicines be put on hold till the Government draft is changed.

Chemists across India have long been demanding a hike in retailers margin which currently is 16 per cent. Retailers have also argued that the margin is inadequate. They have also said that the government and the regulator want them to maintain a certain infrastructure and facility such as air conditioning etc.

#Delhi CM @ArvindKejriwal warns of action over medicine crunch in hospitals

The Delhi government will act against officers responsible for "non-payment" of bills to suppliers of medicines in its hospitals and may "deduct" salaries of officers behind lapses, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said. He has laid down the instruction in a letter to Chief Secretary M M Kutty on the issue that came to the fore during his recent surprise inspection of the Sanjay Gandhi Hospital.

BJP protest against Congress over Cow slaughter issue

Police in Kanpur of Kerala on Sunday booked 16 Youth Congress activists who slaughtered a cow in public and cooked its meat and distributed it. They were charged under IPC Section 428 and section (ii) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 2016.

The BJP, which is trying to gain a toehold in the state and won its first seat in the last year’s Kerala assembly election, holder a protest against Congress in New Delhi on Tuesday.