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5 Ways to Fight Breast Cancer

Want to join the fight against breast cancer? Here are 5 ways to do a lot o good with a little – or a lot- of your time, your skills and your voice.

  1. Volunteer your time

The American Cancer society offers many programs that focus on the physical, social and emotional needs of people facing breast cancer.

  • Reach to Recovery – If you have survived breast cancer, you can train to become a Reach to Recovery volunteer who provides education and emotional support to other women – and men- facing a breast cancer diagnosis.
  • Look Good Feel Better – This free, community-based service teaches patients beauty techniques to help restore their appearance and self-image during cancer treatment. Programs are available in English and Spanish. Look Good Feel Better is a collaboration among the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care products Council, and the Professional Beauty Association/National Cosmetology Association.
  • Road To Recovery – Volunteer drivers in this program help cancer patients get to and from treatments. Last year, the American Cancer society matched thousands of patients with volunteer drivers who donated their time and use of their cars.
  1. Take part in research

As a breast cancer patient, you can seek out a clinical trial or sign up to be part of a research project that could help those diagnosed with breast cancer in the future. People who have never had cancer can help, too. For example, the American Cancer Society has conducted multiple studies over the past several decades that examine cancer causes, prevention, and survivorship issues in large groups of people. The latest of these is Cancer Prevention Study-3. By sharing information about their lifestyle and health status, participants in these studies give scientists the data they need to battle cancer at the world-wide level.

  1. Make your voice heard

Many battles in the fight against breast cancer happen in your local legislature as well as in Washington, DC. The American Cancer Society’s advocacy organization, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), can help you become informed about cancer issues and exercise your rights as a citizen to support the causes you feel passionate about. For example, you can sign a petition to support the federal program that helps ensure all women have access to lifesaving mammograms.

  1. Participate in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event raises millions of dollars every year to fund breast cancer research and provide information, services, and access to mammograms for women who need them. You can help by walking in a Making Strides event and raising donations, sponsoring another Making Strides walker, or volunteering your time and talent at an event. Nationwide, nearly 300 walks occur each year to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness, and raise money.

  1. Take Charge of your health

Although there’s no sure-fire way to prevent breast cancer, certain lifestyle habits are linked to a lower risk of it developing or returning.

  • Be physically active. Evidence is growing that regular physical activity helps reduce your breast cancer risk. It also helps keep your weight under control, which may also lower your risk.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Studies link a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, poultry, fish, a low-fat dairy products to a reduced breast cancer risk. A healthy diet also helps you stay at a healthy weight.
  • If you drink alcohol, limit how much you drink. Research has shown that women who have 2 or more alcoholic drinks daily have a higher risk of breast cancer than women who drink only 1 drink a day or not at all.

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Breast Reconstruction Using Implants: What are your options?

BREAST RECONSTRUCTION USING IMPLANTS: WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS?

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Your plastic surgeon will talk to you about your breast reconstruction options. There are a number of different options for implants that may be used during your breast reconstruction.

SALINE IMPLANTS

Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water. They can be filled with varying amounts of saline which can affect the shape, firmness and feel of the breast.

Should the implant shell leak, a saline implant will collapse and the saline will be absorbed and naturally expelled by the body. Saline implants can feel or look wrinkly in thin patients.

SILICONE IMPLANTS

Silicone implants are filled with an elastic gel. The gel feels and moves much like natural breast tissue.

If the implant leaks, the gel may remain within the implant shell, or may escape into the breast implant pocket. A leaking implant filled with silicone gel may not collapse. If you choose these implants, you may need to visit your plastic surgeon regularly to
make sure the implants are functioning properly.

An ultrasound or MRI screening can assess the condition of breast implants.

SHAPE

FORM STABLE IMPLANTS 

Form stable implants mimic the natural shape of the breast and are shaped like a tear drop. They are thicker at the bottom and tapered towards the top. They are usually filled with a cohesive gel. If they rotate, they may lead to a strange appearance. It is also usually necessary to have a longer incision with these implants.

ROUND IMPLANTS

Round implants have a tendency to make reconstructed breasts appear fuller than form stable implants. They also often will make the breast project out further away from the body.

New high-profile options can lead to even more projection, if that is a concern for you. Because they are the same shape all over, there is less concern about them rotating out of place.

TEXTURE

TEXTURED BREAST IMPLANTS

Textured breast implants allow the scar tissue to stick to the implant, making them less likely to move around inside of the breast and get repositioned.

SMOOTH BREAST IMPLANTS

Smooth breast implants move around freely inside of the breast, which may give more natural movement. These implants also have an increased risk of rippling.

Your plastic surgeon will take into account your wishes and concerns and will choose the right breast reconstruction option for you.

 Note: Implant manufacturers occasionally introduce new styles and types of implants, so there may be additional options available. Whether you choose saline or silicone implants, it is important for you to monitor your breast implants and follow up with your plastic surgeon for appropriate checkups.

Exercise can help to reduce the risk!

Exercise reduces breast cancer risk for women of all body types – even lean women, according to Leslie Bernstein, Ph.D., director of cancer etiology at City of Hope. While the American Cancer Society recommends 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week to manage risk, for some, even 30 minutes per week has been found to be beneficial. #breastcancerawarenessmonth #plasticsurgery #SelfExamination #CDICompression exercise-stretch

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month – when you purchase any BRA from Contemporary Design, Inc. in the month of October, a portion of your sale will be donated to Making Strides. Even a little bit can help to make a big difference! 

More than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors live in the United States. They are survivors of the 2nd most-common cancer in women and survival rates continue to climb due to better treatments and increased screening that finds cancer when they are most treatable.

Most breast cancer (about 85%) occurs in women who have no family history of breast cancer. Having AWARENESS, women can be knowledgeable about warning signs, know the importance of self-exams, treatment options and second options, they are better prepared than ever before confronting a breast cancer diagnosis.

Getting a mammogram can help reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer by 30-40% among women ages 40-70. Breast Cancer deaths have been declining since 1990 thanks for early detection, better screening, increased awareness, and new treatment options.

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Does Protein Help You Heal Faster After Surgery?

What you eat plays a role in building new cells and repairing injured ones. Because it is present in every cell, protein is one macronutrient you especially need. Functions

Protein plays a variety of functions in your body, some of which are specific to healing post-surgery. For example, protein is responsible for building white blood cells and immunoglobulins, types of cells that are necessary for immune system function. The healthier your immune system is, the more equipped you are to heal following surgery. Protein also is the major component of skin and muscle tissue. Collagen, the substance in your skin responsible for building scar tissue, is made chiefly from protein strands. By having enough protein in your diet, your body can create the scar tissue that will repair your incision post-surgery.

Always talk to your doctor before making any changes to your diet following surgery.

Here’s a recipe to get you started:Eggs in Rings

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Ingredients

    • 1-2 red, green, orange, or red bell peppers, & a large red onion
    • whole eggs
    • sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.
    • Red pepper flakes to taste.
optional toppings: fresh dill, fresh parsley, fresh chives, smoked salmon, crumbled nitrate-free bacon, and/or sliced red onion.

Instructions

  1. Slice the bell peppers, and onions into 1/2, to 3/4 inch rings. Use a sharp knife to make clean cuts (to better hold the egg in place). Remove all of the the white inner flesh and seeds.
  2. Heat a large skillet to a nice medium heat and coat with a few drops avocado, olive, or coconut oil.
  3. Let the pan heat up before adding the rings.
  4. Place the veggie rings in the middle of the pan. Allow the rings to cook and brown lightly before adding the egg, maybe a minute or two. Turn the rings over a few times so both sides cook evenly.
  5. Very gently crack one egg into the middle of each ring.
  6. Cook over med-low heat until yolks firm and egg whites harden and are no long translucent.
  7. Add optional toppings at the last minute.
  8. Spray the bottom of your spatula with non-stick coconut oil spray. Slide it underneath pepper ring.
  9. Lift carefully from the skillet and onto your plate.

more at…http://cleanfoodcrush.com/egg-rings/

How you prepare for Breast Augmentation

By Mayo Clinic Staff
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Initially, you’ll consult with a plastic surgeon about your preferences for size, feel and overall appearance of your breasts. The surgeon will describe specific types of implants — smooth or textured, round or shaped like a teardrop, saline or silicone — as well as options for surgical techniques.
 
Review any documentation carefully, and keep copies of all pertinent information for your records.
 
Before you decide to go ahead with surgery, consider some important factors about breast augmentation:
 
Breast implants won’t prevent your breasts from sagging. To correct sagging breasts, you might need a breast lift in addition to breast augmentation.
Breast implants aren’t guaranteed to last a lifetime. Implant rupture is a possibility. Also, your breasts will continue to age after augmentation — and factors such as weight gain or weight loss might further change the way your breasts look. Any of these issues might lead to additional surgery.
Mammograms might be more complicated. If you have breast implants, in addition to routine mammograms, you’ll require additional, specialized views.
You might need routine MRI scans. The Food and Drug Administration recommends monitoring silicone breast implants with routine MRI scans every two years, starting three years after the initial implant surgery.
Breast implants might hamper breast-feeding. Some women are able to successfully breast-feed after breast augmentation. For others, however, breast-feeding is a challenge.
Insurance might not cover breast implants. Unless it’s medically necessary — such as the need for implant reconstruction after a mastectomy — breast augmentation isn’t covered by insurance. Be prepared to handle any expenses that accompany breast augmentation, including related surgeries or future imaging tests.
You might need additional surgery after breast implant removal. If you decide to have your implants removed, you might need a breast lift or other corrective surgery to help your breasts maintain an aesthetically pleasing appearance.
If you decide to have the surgery, you may need a baseline mammogram ahead of time. Your doctor might adjust certain medications before the surgery as well. For example, it’s important to avoid aspirin or other medications that can increase bleeding.
 
If you smoke, your surgeon will ask you to stop smoking for a certain period of time before the surgery.
 
Arrange for someone to drive you home after the surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night.

Sleep Wrinkles And Aging Skin

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Goesel Anson, MD, FACS, Michael A.C. Kane, MD, and Val Lambros, MD, FACS, published an article in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal (September 2016) in which they discuss the role of sleep wrinkles in aging skin, which differ from expression wrinkles in that they are caused by mechanical compression, shear and stress forces that act on the skin in sleep positions. They performed a literature review relating to the development of wrinkles and the biomechanical changes that occur in response to intrinsic and extrinsic influences, and explored the possibility that compression during sleep not only results in wrinkles, but may contribute to facial skin expansion.

Because sleep wrinkles differ from expression wrinkles in mechanism of origin (external forces vs. internal muscle contraction), location (at the limits of retaining ligaments vs. site of muscle contraction), and directionality (mostly perpendicular to each other), the authors suggest reconsidering wrinkle classification and posit that facial distortion during sleep may also contribute to overall facial aging. They note that with age, the number of position shifts during sleep decreases from 27 to 16 per night, with an average of 20 position shifts per night, meaning the time spent in each position increases with age.

Dermatologists and plastic surgeons would benefit from recognizing sleep wrinkles as distinct from expression wrinkles with a different etiology, and potentially grouping them with gravitational wrinkles since they develop due to external forces and are influenced by ligamentous attachments. Unfortunately, treatment options for wrinkles caused by sleep are more limited than those for expression lines; the authors suggest that the only reliable way to minimize sleep wrinkles is to avoid facial distortion. In their practices, they recommend back sleeping and specialty pillows designed to minimize facial deformation during sleep. They suggest advising patients to avoid sleep compression in addition to the typical suggestions for minimizing signs of aging, i.e., using sunscreen, quitting smoking, optimizing nutrition and maximizing topical skin care.

“While avoiding the development of sleep wrinkles may be important, it is the facial distortion and its potential impact on overall facial aging that may be even more important,” the authors wrote. “The consequence of repetitive stretching of facial tissue over time is intriguing and warrants further study.”

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The Knifeless Facelift

“The LazerLift is the first procedure that tightens the facial skin and underlying supporting tissues without a scalpel,” says cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Bassin. “Using a new fiber-optic laser device, the LazerLift tightens and smoothes the skin from the inside out, safely and effectively. The LazerLift is done with the patient awake, with no stitches and no scars,” says Bassin.

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Redefining Plastic Surgery

by  Chandra, Ramesh MS, MS, FRCS; Agarwal, Rajiv MCH, FRCSEng, FACS, FRCSEd; Agarwal, Devisha MBBS Scholar

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Plastic surgery is one of the most ancient forms of surgery, and its roots can be traced back to the time of Sushruta, the father of surgery (600 BC),1 who is credited with performing the first ever reported plastic surgical procedures. The name, however, defies a clear understanding and an appropriate definition that could cover the entire scope of activities performed at the present moment. An extensive search of the plastic surgery literature was performed to find out the best available definition, but a comprehensive definition could not be found. This led the authors to explore the modern and ancient literature, including the thousand-year-old sacrosanct Indian epics, Gita, and Vedas in their quest to redefine plastic surgery. This review of the age-old fundamental secrets of life made it possible for us to extract the coveted relevant information to redefine plastic surgery, which is being presented in this article.

The term “plastique” was first used by a French anatomist and surgeon, Desault in 1798.2 The word “Plastic” is derived from the Greek word “Plastikos,” which means the ability to mold tissues. The procedures were being performed on body parts from the head to the toes. However, the term “Plastic” was first incorporated by von Graefe3 in his monograph “Rhinoplastik” published in 1818. The term “Plastic Surgery” was used by Zeis4 of Germany as part of the title of his classical work Handbuch der plastischen Chirurgie published in 1838, and the term thereafter became popularized.

Davis,5 in his book Plastic Surgery—Its Principles and Practice, defined the scope of plastic surgery from “top of the head to the sole of the foot.” Gillies,6 in his book Plastic Surgery of the Face, laid down 16 principles of plastic surgery to be followed. He defined reconstructive surgery as an attempt to restore the individual to normal and aesthetic surgery as an attempt to surpass the normal.

Esser,7 a Dutch surgeon, pointed out that “plastic” was a poor term that did not define the specialty and that the term “Structive” derived from the Latin word “structo” (I build) was more appropriate, and it was adopted to be used for the European Journal in December 1936.

McGregor,8 in his book on the fundamental technique of plastic surgery, has very clearly expressed his view about the use of eponyms because they lack precise meaning and are liable to cause confusion as they have different meaning in different countries.

Converse (1964) stated that “Plastic Surgery is a specialized branch of surgery devoted to the treatment of the deformities of the face and other areas of the body, notably the hands. Because of the special nature of plastic surgery, it is largely concerned with form, as is implied in the term plastic.” The scope of plastic surgery kept on continuously expanding ever since then, and many new techniques such as microvascular surgery, craniofacial surgery, endoscopy, lasers, distraction osteogenesis, transplantation, implantations, and reimplantations were introduced in the sixties and seventies. This definition hence fell short of its range and spectrum, and a need for revision was felt.9

In 1965, Manekshaw, an Indian plastic surgeon, in his book Plastic Surgery in the Tropics, ratified Gillies’ definition that “Reconstructive surgery is an attempt to return the tissues to normal. Cosmetic Surgery is an attempt to surpass the normal.” The definition implies a lot, but the scope and spectrum of activities covered by the definition are difficult for students and beginners in the field of plastic surgery to comprehend.10

Aufricht (1972) stated that “Plastic Surgery like all forms of surgery is besides a science, a manual art and craft.” The qualifying statement adds grace to the specialty and gives a distinct status to the surgeons, but it gives no idea of its scope to the general practitioners and the medical students.11

Barron and Saad (1980) opined that plastic and reconstructive surgery has no anatomical or systemic boundaries and in essence is the “study of anatomical defects and disabilities.” The definition acknowledges the broad spectrum of activities of the specialty, but no specific details can be grasped mentally about the organs and organ systems to be treated.12

Jurkiewicz et al (1990) proposed a conceptual definition, “Plastic Surgery brings back, refashions and restores to wholeness the features which nature gave but chance destroyed, not that they may charm the eye but that they may be an advantage to the living soul.” This definition covers restoration of anatomy of the part destroyed by chance, but the scope of activities is difficult for students and beginners to mentally visualize and realize.13

McCarthy (1990) defined plastic surgery as a “problem solving specialty” and that the plastic surgeon helps other surgical specialists when dealing with tissue defects. This definition again does not encompass the whole spectrum of activities being performed in plastic surgery in general.14

Mathes (2006)15 again professed that plastic surgery is a problem-solving specialty where the plastic surgeons treat skin and its contents with no anatomical boundaries.

Thorne (2012),16 in Grabb and Smith’s Plastic Surgery, defines “Plastic Surgery as a unique specialty that defies definition, has no organ system of its own, is based on principles rather than specific procedures and because of the cosmetic surgery is the darling of media–No complete definition exists.” This definition is a very broad generalization. It is an equally mystifying statement about the activities being done by the plastic surgeons best understood by themselves but not by their colleagues in allied specialties. Neligan (2013)17 defines plastic surgery as the last real general surgery and the plastic surgeon as the last real general surgeon.

Thus, a review of literature revealed that a complete and comprehensive definition was lacking. The plastic surgeons have a moral obligation for documenting a suitable definition.

Thorne’s definition in the textbook Grabb and Smith’s Plastic Surgery was subjected to a critical evaluation to find out how an organ is defined. An organ is defined as a part of the body composed of 2 or more tissue types and performing 1 or more specific functions. The organs are further classified into external and internal organs. Plastic surgery deals most commonly with external organs: the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, skin, hand, feet, and all body openings, which are controlled by respective organs. Therefore, we do not accept the statement that there is no organ system for plastic surgery as mentioned in this definition.16

The earlier definition by Davies8 that plastic surgery extends from top of the head to the toes is a very correct statement because we deal most of the time with external organs spread all over from the top of head to the foot. The biggest lacuna in our understanding was that the organs being treated by us could not be classified as a distinct group, and this semantic dilemma remained unsolved.The ancient Indian texts written some 5050 years ago contain the essentials and values of all aspects of life and even the medical science that stand true even to this date. The sacred text “Bhagvat Gita” is a quintessence of the Vedas enunciated by the Almighty at the beginning of the creation of the Universe.18  The authors came across relevant verses in the Gita, which are based on pure scientific knowledge of anatomy and physiology that existed at that time.

The human body has 9 gates consisting of paired eyes, ears, nostrils, and a mouth, all located in the head, while the organs of reproduction and defecation are situated in the lower part of the trunk. In females, there are 3 additional passages, the reproductive passage and a pair of nipples for the excretion of milk. Totally there are 12 external passages in females. All the passages are connected to the respective organs.19 The plastic surgeon is dealing with these passages and thus correcting the functions and the appearances of all these organs within the body.The human body is a congregation of organ systems, pathways, and interconnections, which perform all their personal, social, and worldly activities from day 1 until the last day through 5 organs of perception and 5 organs of action regulated by a super control mechanism of mind, intellect, and soul.20

The 5 organs of perception, called sense organs, known as Gyanendriya,21 are eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and skin. The 5 organs of actions, known as Karmendriya, are mouth (larynx), hands, feet, organs of reproduction, and organs of defecation. The plastic surgeons are directly involved in performing surgery on these organs. The impact of these 2 verses on our mind was thrilling, and a eureka like feeling was there. These verses gave us the coveted information, which we have been postulating and we consider it as a gift to us for the new definition.

The verses provided us with the information regarding the use of the nomenclature for the group headings of the 19 organs in males and 22 organs in females whom we have been treating. These organs of perception and organs of action are distributed all over from the top of the head to the soles of the feet. All of these are external organs on which plastic surgical activities are performed. Thus, we have been able to find that an organ system exists.

The plastic surgeons need to adopt this terminology in the new definition, so that whenever somebody is asked to define plastic surgery, the answer should be universally the same and there should be no ambiguity as it exists today. The definition should be able to cover and assign all the chapters in our books to one organ or the other. In other words, the entire scope of plastic surgery should be covered by the new definition.

The latest textbook of plastic surgery17 has 6 volumes and 199 chapters. The draft of the new definition devised by the authors was able to cover 191 chapters, which could be assigned to 1 organ or the other except chapters on innovation, implantation, transplantation, and replantation. Therefore, it was decided to include these exceptions in the new definition.

Hence, we propose a new definition of plastic surgery, which covers the entire scope of this specialty as discussed earlier. “Plastic surgery is a specialized branch of surgery, which deals with deformities, defects and abnormalities of the organs of perception, organs of action and the organs guarding the external passages, besides innovation, implantation, replantation and transplantation of tissues, and aims at restoring and improving their form, function and the esthetic appearances.”

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CONCLUSIONS

 

A new definition for plastic surgery based on the organ system has been devised. A review of literature of existing definitions was done, and the need for a new definition was felt keeping in view the vast scope of the specialty.

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

 

The authors gratefully acknowledge the help of Dr. Mrs. Padam K. Agarwal and Dr. Mrs. Preeti Sinha in providing technical inputs and insights into ancient literature search and reviewing this manuscript.

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A Hot Bath – the road to recovery

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Taking a bath is a relaxation technique that is beneficial in so many ways.  It decreases cortisol levels that can be brought on by stressful situations. This is helpful on many levels.  First, cortisol causes fat to be stored around your middle. Second, cortisol increases inflammation. It is important to include things in your daily routine to reduce cortisol. This is especially important because we live in a culture that induces cortisol just by participating in daily life. Taking a bath also decreases fatigue and benefits your nervous system. Baths increase your circulation and lowers blood pressure. For optimum benefit this is what I recommend (although, always ask your doctor if this is a good idea for you).

Harmony Bath(20 minutes each day in a hot bath)

Ingredients:
-2 Cups Epsom Salts
-1 Cup Baking Soda
-10 Drops Organic Lavender Oil

There are many benefits to the Harmony Bath. First the Lavender relaxes the nervous system and lowers cortisol levels. The Epsom Salt enhances the effects of the detox. The baking soda promotes a balanced pH for optimum healing and detox benefits.

Of course, it goes without saying that the bathroom environment should be supportive and nurturing. That is, take some time to make it pretty and inviting. Your experience will be less beneficial if you are looking at piles of laundry in the corner and are reminded of your to-do list instead of enjoying the blissful 20-minute restorative experience.

And as a bonus…add a little cold therapy with CDI  Soft-sided Gel Packs.  Placed on the eyes, it ensures relaxation, decreases puffiness and brights appearance.  These little soothers are also ideal for a variety of cold therapy applications, such as use after injections, blepharoplasty and breast surgeries.

pink_gelpack tubThese sturdy, reusable gel packs remain flexible when frozen and provide uniform cold therapy.  The ultimate patient-friendly cold therapy product!  Features one soft-sided surface that shields the skin from direct contact with the frozen pack.  These 4″ round gel packs offer a convenient, comfortable and economical cold therapy application for patients.

Colors: Pink Ice, Kiwi, Cool Blue, Mango, Grape and Vanilla – match the bathroom!

see more…http://christaoleary.com/2016/06/01/need-take-care/?mc_cid=80593cf64b&mc_eid=cbeb522f6e

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