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Summer Foods and Vegetables

Bottle gourd (Ghia), ridged gourd (Tori), Indian round gourd or apple gourd (Tinda), pumpkin (kaddu) are all summer vegetables that grow on creepers. They all have high water content and have some diuretic action. They follow certain laws of nature. Nature always produces vegetables and fruits known to prevent diseases of that season. For example, coconuts grow in coastal areas as they provide immunity from humidity disorders. Mangoes grow in summer as unripe mango can prevent heat disorders. Similarly, the creeper summer vegetables reduce thirst, prevent and treat dehydration and prevent dehydration induced kidney diseases.

In summer, one should drink and take locally grown seasonal vegetables. The requirement of water also increases approximately by 500 ml. Traditionally, Shikanji with lemon, water, sugar and salt works out to be one of the main treatments of heat disorders.

How do we identify that a particular vegetable or fruit is not grown artificially?

Of late, several stories have appeared in the media that watermelon, bottle gourd, banana etc. are grown in the market by artificial means. Farmers are injecting oxytocin injections in watermelon and in bottle gourd, which makes the vegetable/fruit grow by 20% in less than two hours. Oxytocin being a hormone, if ingested through these vegetables for over a period of time can lead to nervous disorders and hormonal imbalances. Though it is the duty of the government to see that such practices are curbed, it is equally the duty of the consumers to see that they do not buy fruits and vegetables that are artificially grown.

One of the ways to find out is to look at the vegetables we are buying. For example, when we buy Ladyfingers, out of the available stock, we obviously will try to pick out the ones that are healthy. If the Ladyfingers are of different sizes and consistency, color and age, this means that the vegetable has been naturally cultivated. On the contrary, if the Ladyfingers have been artificially grown, they will all be of the same age, size, consistency, odour, smell etc. Whenever we find a water melon or bottle gourd of the same size and larger than the normal size, one should suspect that the particular vegetable/fruit may have been artificially grown. Some may argue that vegetables grown in controlled environment in cold storage may also look alike. These vegetables will invariably be sold at a higher price in the market.

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    Changing Practice – Evidence which has changed practice in last one year

Choice of drug–eluting stent

For patients without diabetes or complex lesions in whom a drug–eluting stent (DES) is chosen, use an everolimus, a zotarolimus, or a sirolimus–eluting stent in preference to a paclitaxel–eluting stent.

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World No Tobacco Day

Through a mock funeral procession (Tableau), the Heart Care Foundation of India spread the message on the dangers of smoking on 31st May 2004.

Dr K K Aggarwal
    National News

City docs bag Oscars of the medical world

MUMBAI: Doctors who worked in city public hospitals starred at a British medical awards ceremony, which is dubbed as the Oscars of the medical world, in London on Wednesday night. The British Medical Journal Awards 2011 chose Doctors For You as the ‘Best Medical Team in a Crisis Zone’ over the likes of international NGOs such as Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and Save The Children. The other Indian star is Dr Subhashchandra Daga, who taught paediatrics in the state government–run J J group of Hospitals until a few years ago. He bagged the ‘Best Innovation in Healthcare Award’ for making the world's most cost–efficient incubator for premature and low–birth weight babies. He reused Styrofoam boxes that transported vaccines as incubators to keep infants warm. Doctors For You was among the first medical team to reach Bihar during its worst floods almost three years ago. Dr Ravikant Singh of Doctors For You, who was with KEM Hospital when he led a team of resident doctors to Bihar, told TOI from London that "we are ecstatic to win this international award". The team on Thursday dedicated its award to Dr Chandrakant Patil, a KEM Hospital doctor, who lost his life after being struck by lightning during the relief operations. (Source: TOI, May 20, 2011)

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    International News

(Contributed by Rajat Bhatnagar, International Sports & Fitness Distribution, LLC)

Obesity master wwitch gene found

A master regulator gene which causes obesity and is linked to diabetes and cholesterol and controls the behavior of distant genes that exist inside fat cells has been identified, researchers from King’s College London and the University of Oxford wrote in the journal Nature Genetics. The authors say their discovery may help toward developing more effective treatments for obesity–related illnesses, such as diabetes and heart disease.

(Dr Monica and Brahm Vasudev)

Tomatoes can save you from high cholesterol

Want to be free of high cholesterol and blood pressure (BP)? Tomatoes can be a way out for you! Tomatoes may be an effective alternative to drugs in lowering cholesterol and BP and in preventing heart disease. A bright red pigment called lycopene found in tomatoes and to a lesser extent in watermelon, guava, papaya and pink grapefruit has antioxidant properties that are vital to good health. Karin Ried and her colleague Peter Fakler from the University of Adelaide are the first to summarise the effect of lycopene on cholesterol and blood pressure (BP), analysing the collective results of 14 studies over the last 55 years. "Our study suggests that if more than 25 milligrams of lycopene is taken daily, it can reduce LPD (bad) cholesterol by up to 10 per cent," says Ried, reports the journal Maturitas. (Source: TOI, May 19, 2011)

FDA approves new hepatitis C drug

The FDA has approved the protease inhibitor boceprevir (marketed as Victrelis) to treat chronic hepatitis C in combination with peginterferon alfa and ribavirin. Boceprevir, which should be taken three times a day, is indicated for adult patients with some liver function who either haven’t received drug therapy or haven't responded well to it. Approval was based on data from two clinical trials of some 1500 patients. Two thirds of patients who received boceprevir with pegylated interferon and ribavirin had no detectable hepatitis C virus in their blood 24 weeks after stopping treatment, a significantly increased virologic response compared with those who received pegylated interferon and ribavirin alone. When used in combination therapy, side effects for the pill included anemia, headache, and nausea.

Higher–salt diet and blood pressure

Higher sodium consumption was associated with increased systolic blood pressure, but not greater mortality or cardiovascular events in a new prospective analysis of Europeans’ sodium excretion. The study included 3,681 people without cardiovascular disease (CVD) at the start of the trial who were followed for a median of 7.9 years. They were divided into tertiles by their 24–hour urinary sodium excretion, and cardiovascular–related death rates were compared among the tertiles. The results were published in the May 4 Journal of the American Medical Association.

LTRAs similar to glucocorticoids, LABAs

Leukotriene–receptor antagonists (LTRAs) controlled asthma as effectively as more commonly recommended treatments, according to a new report of two pragmatic trials. The first of the trials included 300 British primary care patients between 12 and 80 years old who had inadequate asthma control or impaired asthma–related quality of life. The patients were randomized to either an LTRA or an inhaled glucocorticoid as their first–line asthma therapy. The second trial included 350 similar patients who were already taking an inhaled glucocorticoid as first–line therapy, and they were randomized to either an LTRA or a long–acting beta–agonist (LABA) as add–on therapy. The groups’ scores on the Mini Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire (MiniAQLQ) were compared during the following two years of open–label treatment. Results appeared in the May 5 New England Journal of Medicine.

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   Spiritual Update

Hanuman Chalisa

Durgam Kaaj Jagat Ke Jete
Sugam Anugrah Tumhare Tete

Meaning: You could perform such a miraculous task because with your grace even impossible tasks become possible and even easy.

Spiritual Significance: With regular breath awareness meditation, it becomes possible to do even impossible tasks. Its known benefits are acquiring the power of telepathy, reverse telepathy, spontaneous fulfillment of desires and the power of solving the miracles.

    An Inspirational Story

(Dr Vasant Shenoy)

This is special

A successful business man was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business. Instead of choosing one of his Directors or his children, he decided to do something different. He called all the young executives in his company together. He said, "It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO. I have decided to choose one of you. "The young executives were shocked, but the boss continued. "I am going to give each one of you a SEED today – one very special SEED. I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO."

One man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed. He went home and excitedly, told his wife the story. She helped him get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed. Everyday, he would water it and watch to see if it had grown. After about three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow. Jim kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew. Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by, still nothing. By now, others were talking about their plants, but Jim didn’t have a plant and he felt like a failure. Six months went by –– still nothing in Jim’s pot. He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing. Jim didn’t say anything to his colleagues, however, he just kept watering and fertilizing the soil – He so wanted the seed to grow. A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company brought their plants to the CEO for inspection.

Jim told his wife that he wasn’t going to take an empty pot. But she asked him to be honest about what happened. Jim felt sick to his stomach, it was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life, but he knew his wife was right. He took his empty pot to the board room. When Jim arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other executives. They were beautiful –– in all shapes and sizes. Jim put his empty pot on the floor and many of his colleagues laughed, a few felt sorry for him!

When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives. Jim just tried to hide in the back. "My, what great plants, trees and flowers you have grown," said the CEO. "Today one of you will be appointed the next CEO!" All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered the Financial Director to bring him to the front. Jim was terrified. He thought, "The CEO knows I'm a failure! Maybe he will have me fired!" When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his seed – Jim told him the story.

The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim. He looked at Jim, and then announced to the young executives, "Behold your next Chief Executive Officer! His name is Jim!" Jim couldn’t believe it. Jim couldn’t even grow his seed. "How could he be the new CEO?" the others said.

Then the CEO said, "One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead – it was not possible for them to grow. All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and flowers. When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Jim was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new Chief Executive Officer!"

* If you plant honesty, you will reap trust.
* If you plant goodness, you will reap friends.
* If you plant humility, you will reap greatness.
* If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment.
* If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective.
* If you plant hard work, you will reap success.
* If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation.

So, be careful what you plant now; it will determine what you will reap later.

    Infertility Update

Dr. Kaberi Banerjee, Director Precious Baby Foundation

How can we evaluate the Oocyte Recipient?

A complete general physical examination should be performed, including a pelvic examination. Hysterosalpingography (HSG), saline infusion ultrasonography, or another suitable procedure should be performed to detect any significant uterine abnormality. Recommended tests include Blood group and Rh factor, HIV1 & 2, Rubella, Hepatitis B surface antigen, Hepatitis C antibody and VDRL.

    Pediatric Update

(Dr. Neelam Mohan, Director Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Liver Transplantation, Medanta – The Medicity)

What are the risk factors for bronchiolitis?

The risk factors for bronchiolitis include birth to a young mother, being born in the first half of the RSV (Respiratory syncitial virus) season, tobacco exposure, lower maternal socioeconomic status, low birth weight, male gender, crowding, prematurity, chronic lung disease/congenital heart disease, and lack of breastfeeding.

    IJCP Special

Dr Good Dr Bad

Situation: A patient with FUO was found to have ESR > 100mm per hour.
Dr. Bad: High ESR can be present in any infection.
Dr. Good: This indicates a serious problem.
Lesson: Fifty percent of cancers (Lymphoma, myeloma, metastatic colon or breast cancer) and 25% of infections (endocarditis, giant cell arthritis) have ESR > 100. (JAMA 1967;202(4):264–7)

Make Sure

Situation: A patient with ejection fraction of 20% dies a sudden cardiac death.
Reaction: Oh my God! Why was ICD not put?
Lesson: Make sure all patients with ejection fraction less than 35% are put on ICD unless contraindicated.

    Obesity Update

Dr. Parveen Bhatia and Dr. Pulkit Nandwani

What are the calorie reductions for an Obesity Diet Plan?

The average diet for obesity cuts 500 to 1,000 calories a day. Cutting 500 calories a day from a diet should result in weight loss of about one pound a week. However, eliminating too many calories can actually endanger your health — the U.S. National Library of Medicine (2010) recommends that a woman’s lowest calorie intake be 1,200 calories per day, and that males should not eat less than 1,500 calories each day. In spite of this, a severely restricted diet is sometimes recommended for people who are morbidly obese. Such diets, characterized by caloric counts as low as 500 to 800 calories, should only be attempted if approved and supervised by a qualified medical professional. Attempting extremely low–calorie diets alone is not recommended, and can be dangerous. Always doctor and dietician should be consulted before beginning a diet plan.

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    Medicolegal Update

(Dr Sudhir Gupta, Additional Prof, Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, AIIMS)

Exhumation in America

In the US, corpses are exhumed when there is a need to identify a body or to establish cause of death like in the case of suspected homicide. President Zachary Taylor was exhumed in 1991 to determine whether or not he had been poisoned, and the famous outlaw Jesse James’s grave was excavated to prove that it was his body in the coffin. In addition, archaeological investigations often involve exhumation.

  • Under modern law, courts usually do not allow exhumation unless there are substantial and compelling reasons to do so. In a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Justice Cardozo stated, "The dead are to rest where they have been laid unless reason of substance is brought forward for disturbing their repose."
  • Three general principles govern the law of disinterment in the United States. First, it is presumed that a "decently buried" body should remain undisturbed where it was placed unless good reason is given to do so. Second, disinterment is considered the private concern of the immediate family and the cemetery. Third, if there is disagreement among the close relatives regarding a proposal for exhumation the matter is adjudicated by a court of equity. The court considers (in order of importance) the wishes and religious beliefs of the deceased if these can be determined, the wishes of the spouse of the deceased, the opinions of other close relatives, and the policies and regulations of the cemetery when determining if exhumation should be allowed.
  • California Labor Code stipulates that if it is suspected that a person has died as a result of injuries sustained in the course of his employment, the investigating appeals board may require an autopsy and, if necessary, the exhumation of the body for the purposes of autopsy. However, in accordance with the rules of equity, the close relatives can, if they wish, prevent the state from either exhuming the body or performing the autopsy.
  Vitamins—Open Secrets revealed

(Dr Jitendra Ingole, MD Internal Medicine)

Vitamin B12 Deficiency: Incidence and Consequences

Vitamin B12 deficiency and ulcer drugs

Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy warn that prolonged use of acid–suppressing drugs such as Ranitidine and Omeprazole can lead to a serious vitamin–B12 deficiency. They cite the case of a 78–year–old non–vegetarian, white woman with GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) who had been taking cimetidine or ranitidine for 4.5 years. She was started on cimetidine (300 mg four times daily) in February 1990, which was changed to ranitidine (150 mg twice daily) in April 1993. Her vitamin B12 level was normal (413 pg/mL) in August 1992, but by June 1994 it had decreased to 256 pg/mL and her homocysteine level had increased dramatically to 27.3 micromol/L. Note: A homocysteine level above 10 micromol/L vastly increases the risk of atherosclerosis and stroke with a 5 micromol/L increase corresponding to a 70 per cent increase in the risk of heart disease and a 50 per cent increase in stroke risk. The patient was started on 1000 micrograms/day of sublingual vitamin B12 supplementation and by November 1994 her level was back up to 517 pg/mL and her homocysteine level was down to 20.3 micromol/L. Further improvements were observed in March 1998 when her vitamin B12 level was up to 629 pg/mL and homocysteine was down to 13.9 micromol/L. The researchers point out that other studies have shown that omeprazole also lowers vitamin B12 levels and conclude that older people on long–term acid–suppressing drugs should be monitored for vitamin B12 deficiency and supplement if necessary.

(Ref: Mark RJ, et al. Vitamin B12 deficiency associated with histamine2–receptor antagonists and a proton–pump inhibitor. Ann Pharmacother 2002;36:812–6)

    Mind Teaser

Read this…………………

All endothelial cells produce thrombomodulin except those found in:

1. Hepatic circulation
2. Cutaneous circulation
3. Cerebral microcirculation
4. Renal circulation

Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: Elemental iron and folic acid contents of pediatric iron–folic acid tablets supplied under Rural child Health (RCH) Program are:

1. 20 mg iron & 100 micrograms folic acid
2. 40 mg iron & 100 micrograms folic acid
3. 40 mg iron & 50 micrograms folic acid
4. 60 mg iron & 100 micrograms folic acid

Answer for yesterday’s Mind Teaser:
1. 20 mg iron & 100 micrograms folic acid.

Correct answers received from: Dr Pramod M Kulkarni, Dr K Raju, Dr Neelam Nath, Dr Jainendra Upadhyay, Dr Anupam Sethi Malhotra, Dr Neeraj Singh, Dr Sandeep, Dr Kanta, Dr V Shaesh.

Answer for 20th May Mind Teaser: 4. Myringoplasty
Correct answers received from: Dr D Chatterjee, Dr Jainendra Upadhyay, Dr K Raju, Dr Anupam Sethi Malhotra.

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    Lab Update

(Dr Arpan Gandhi and Dr Navin Dang)

Stool examination

Diarrhea is a common symptom of a gastrointestinal disturbance.
O & P (Ova and Parasite) testing: A microscopic evaluation of stool for parasites and the ova (eggs, cysts) of parasites. A basic test but very important!!

    Medi Finance Update

What is the rate of standard deduction on the net annual value of income from house property?

30% of net annual value shall be allowed as deduction from net annual value of income from house property.

    Laugh a While

(Dr. GM Singh)

Laugh a while: New rules for dieting!

  1. If no one sees you eat it, it has no calories.
  2. If you drink a diet soda with candy, they cancel each other out.
  3. When eating with someone else, calories don’t count if you both eat the same amount.
  4. Foods used for medicinal purposes have no calories. This includes any chocolate used for energy, Sara Lee cheesecake (eaten whole), and Haagen–Dazs ice cream.
  5. Movie–related foods are much lower in calories simply because they are a part of the entertainment experience and not part of one’s personal fuel. This includes (but is not limited to) Milk Duds, popcorn with butter, Junior Mints, Snickers, and Gummi Bears.
  6. Cookie pieces contain no calories because the process of breakage causes calorie leakage.
  7. If you eat the food off someone else’s plate, it doesn't count.
  8. If you eat standing up the calories all go to your feet and get walked off.
  9. Food eaten at Christmas parties has 0 calories, courtesy of Santa.
  10. STRESSED is just DESSERTS spelled backward.
    Drug Update

List of approved drugs from 01.01.2010 to 31.8.2010

Drug Name


DCI Approval Date

Cefpodoxime 100/200mg + Dicloxacillin ER 500/500mg

For the treatment of lower RI, skin and soft tissue, bone and joint infections and ENT infections in adult patients prone to antibiotic–induced diarrhoea


    IMSA Update

International Medical Science Academy (IMSA) Update

Polio vaccination

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has issued updated recommendations regarding routine poliovirus vaccination. The final dose in the series should be administered when the child is at least four years old.

    Public Forum

(Press Release for use by the newspapers )

Unusual or irregular palpitation on exertion: A cause of concern

An unusual or irregular palpitation occurring on exercising, walking or climbing stairs should not be ignored, said Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee Dr. KK Aggarwal and President, Heart Care Foundation of India.

Missing of beats at rest and disappearing on exertion may be a normal phenomenon, he said, but those appearing on exertion may indicate underlying blockages. Any palpitation in a patient with underlying heart disease, in the setting of acute heart attack or which are unusual, unexplained or appearing for the first time also should not be ignored.

Palpitations in the presence of a low functioning heart (lower than 35%) need special investigations as these people have high chances of developing sudden cardiac arrest and death in future.

Patients who have survived a cardiac arrest should undergo more intensive investigations and evaluations to prevent a subsequent event.

Any person who can climb two flights of stairs, walk 2 kms without any discomfort or breathlessness usually requires no cardiac investigations.

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  2. Sir, The deaths and destruction due to dust storm in Bihar and UP are unfortunate. This reflects on the need for preparedness and awareness against natural and man-made disasters. The causes of dust storms as with most weather-related phenomena have been studied by scientists and are well understood. These are in the public domain. The link to Ayurveda in your very informative newsletter of 20 May is far fetched. Er Anuj Sinha, Director Vigyan Prasar
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    Forthcoming Events

FIAGES, 21st – 24th July 2011, Indian Association of Gastrointestinal Endo Surgeons

Venue: Epicenter @ Apparel House, Sec – 44, Gurgaon
17 Fellowship course of IAGES (FIAGES) with live operative workshop on laparoscopic surgery at Gurgaon, the millennium city.
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September 30th to October 2nd, 2011, Worldcon 2011 – XVI World Congress of Cardiology, Echocardiography & Allied Imaging Techniques at The Leela Kempinski, Gurgaon (Delhi NCR), INDIA

from Sept 29, 2011: A unique & highly educative Pre–Conference CME, International & national icons in the field of cardiology & echocardiography will form the teaching faculty.
• Provisional Scientific Program at http://worldcon2011.org/day1.html
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• Important dates at http://worldcon2011.org/importantDates.html
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• Entertainment – Kingdom of Dreams at http://worldcon2011.org/Pre_Post_Tours.html

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Medifilmfest (1st International Health Film Festival in Delhi)

October 14–23, 2011, As part of 18th MTNL Perfect Health Mela 2011(Screening of films October 14–17, Jury Screening at Jamia Hamdarad University Auditorium October 18–19, award winning films at TalKatora Stadium October 19–23, 2011)
Organized by: Heart Care Foundation of India, World Fellowships of Religions, FACES, Bahudha Utkarsh Foundation and Dept of Health and Family Welfare Govt of NCT of Delhi.
Entries Invited: from feature films, Ad Films, Serials, Documentary Films, Cartoon Films, Animation Films, Educational films; films on Yoga, Siddha, Ayurveda, Unani, Homeopathy; Indigenous Healing, Films promoting the Bio–cultural Diversity, Medical Tourism, Visual and Medical Anthropology, Gender sensitization, awareness drive on socio–medical issues and health journalism. The films can be of variable durations (0–1 minute, upto 3 minutes, upto ten minutes, upto 45 minutes and upto an hour and beyond).
Separate entries are also invited for "factual mistakes in feature films concerning health". This can be in the form of 1–5 minutes footages.

Categories:Competitive category/ Non Competitive category/ Special screening
Sub Categories:

1. General: Documentaries, animation films, corporate films, Ad films, TV health programs/reports, health chat shows.

2. Special: Short instances of "depiction of wrong health messages" through the films.

Subjects: Health, disease, sanitation, yoga, spiritual health, environment, social issues, food, better living, Indigenous healing, medical tourism, visual & medical anthropology, gender sensitization, health journalism. Duration: 0–10 seconds; <30 minutes, 30–60 minutes, 1–3 hours. Language: English or Hindi, or sub tilled in English/Hindi. Fee: No fees from participants. Entry to the film show free. Format: Any format duly converted into DVD (compatible to the latest players/systems) Boarding, Lodging and Travel Expenses: Own, the participants may raise their own sponsorships

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