New Travel Videos: “Out in the World – Nepal-Tibet-Bhutan” (Carsan Choong)

Filmed and Edited by: Carsan Choong

Music: Reid Willis – Overflow – Thirst EP (Used with permission)
Mark Petrie – Cerulean (Licensed from Audionetwork.com)

Sound Design : Creativehunters and Carsan Choong

Voice Over: Dea Strica (Fiverr.com)

Out In The World Nepal - Tibet - Bhutan Travel Film by Carsan Choong February 2020

Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan are all shrouded in mystery and magic, featuring in Himalayan landscape where snow-capped peaks soar highly and thick temple and Monastery fragrances are given off from the spectacular architectures and pious pilgrims.

The vertically raising layers of mountains and series of valleys appear as giant staircase leading to sky touching snow peaks. Nepal was refuge for spiritual masters and political mavericks from both India and Tibet for a long time. Rare teachings were passed down and prospered undisturbed by outside world until recently. In the citadel of the eastern Himalayas, Bhutan persisted with the original form of Tibetan Buddhism and its unique civilisation. As a medieval country with its featured customs, Bhutan never seeks for the speedy modernisation at the expense of its original charm. Attaching great importance to environmental protection and cultural preservation, undoubtedly it gets a reputation of the Last Shangri-La.

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PBS Politics Monday: Amy Walter, O. Kay Henderson & John Yang – Iowa Caucus

PBS Newshour LogoAmy Walter of the Cook Political Report and Radio Iowa’s O. Kay Henderson join John Yang in Iowa to discuss the latest political news, including what voters in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation 2020 Democratic caucuses are considering as they make their selections, polling updates on a “fluid” and “volatile” race and the ongoing pace of campaigning in Iowa.

Sleep Studies: Even Low-Levels Of Light At Night Causes Diabetes In Elderly

From a Sleep Medicine online release (January 2020):

Sleep Medicine January 2020Our findings suggest that LAN (low-level light at night) exposure increases the incidence of diabetes in a general elderly population. Further research involving a large cohort with new-onset diabetes is warranted to elucidate these findings.

Highlights

  • Humans are commonly exposed to light at night.
  • Higher light exposure at night was significantly associated with higher incidence rate of diabetes.
  • The association was consistent in the analysis using the cut-off values of LAN as 3 and 5 lux.
  • Strengths include large samples adjusting a number of confounders.

The circadian timing system, located within the suprachiasmatic nucleus of the hypothalamus, controls fundamental energy homeostasis. Clock gene mutations induce obesity in mice, and the disruption of internal circadian rhythms decreases daily energy expenditures and leptin levels in humans. Light information received by the brain influences human circadian timing and metabolism; low-level light at night (LAN) significantly increased body mass and led to prediabetes in mice. In humans, bedroom LAN affected obesity parameters; however, the association between LAN and the incidence of diabetes in humans has not been studied.

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Health Infographics: The Most Common Types Of Cancer In U.S. By Gender

The Most Common Types of Cancer in the U.S. American Cancer Socieaty 2020

Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death worldwide among middle-aged adults. However, deaths from cancer are catching up in high-income countries according to a study recently published in the medical journal The Lancet. Researchers calculated that cancer kills about twice as many people as cardiovascular disease in more developed countries. Globally, cancer could become the leading cause of death in just a few decades, the study said.

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