Babies with Misshapen Heads Helped by Chiropractic According to Study

A study published in the September 19, 2019, issue of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health showed that chiropractic care can help infants and babies who have misshapen heads known as plagiocephaly. When the deformation of a baby’s head is not caused by a congenital anomaly, or it occurs during birth or after the infant is born due to positioning, it is referred to as positional plagiocephaly.

Babies with Misshapen Heads Helped by Chiropractic According to Study - Austin TX Chiropractor Best Reviews In NetworkIn describing this condition the authors of the study noted, “When the overall shape of the skull becomes asymmetrical as a result of direct pressure it can be termed deformational plagiocephaly. According to the International Society for Pediatric Neurology, 20% of infants at 2 months old have plagiocephaly and as many as 29.5% have it at 2 years old.”

According to the study, the “Back to Sleep” program, which started in 1992, saw an increase of positional plagiocephaly as babies were made to sleep on their back earlier that was normal for them. The Back to Sleep program was an attempt to decrease the incidence of Sudden Infant Death syndrome, (SIDs).

Common medical treatment for positional plagiocephaly is having the baby wear a helmet for up to 23 hours each day for 2-6 months. This approach does carry some adverse effects including pressure sores, skin irritation, and infection.

In this case series, three babies were brought in for a chiropractic evaluation by their parents to see if chiropractic could help them. All three infants were 2.5 months old and were brought to the chiropractor by their parents who were concerned with the shape of their baby’s head as well as the possible consequences of leaving their babies’ untreated.

All three babies were given specific forms of chiropractic adjustments with the goal of reducing vertebral subluxation that were detected to be present. In all three cases, the authors of the study reported that the babies’ heads showed improvement and were more symmetrical within several weeks of chiropractic care. They also reported that other symptoms and health issues were also improved, creating an improved quality of life for the infants.

In the conclusion of the study, the authors wrote, “The results of this case series show the improvement of plagiocephaly in three infants following subluxation-based chiropractic care. This suggests that chiropractic care may be underutilized as a conservative management for children with plagiocephaly.”

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Babies’ Gut Bacteria Affected by Delivery Method

The above headline came from a Science Daily article published on September 18, 2019. The article is based on a study published on the same day in Nature International Journal of Science. The article begins by noting, “Babies born vaginally have different gut bacteria — their microbiome — than those delivered by Caesarean, research has shown.”

Babies' Gut Bacteria Affected by Delivery Method - Austin TX Chiropractor Pregnant Pre Post Partum Labor CareThe term “microbiome” is described by the The Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health, University of Washington, “The microbiome is the genetic material of all the microbes – bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses – that live on and inside the human body.” They also report that there are over 100 trillion microbes in our body’s which is ten times more that our human cells.

These microbiomes, which were not generally recognized to exist until the late 1990s, have many important functions in our body. The Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health describes some of these by stating, “The bacteria in the microbiome help digest our food, regulate our immune system, protect against other bacteria that cause disease, and produce vitamins including the B vitamins B12, thiamine and riboflavin, and Vitamin K, which is needed for blood coagulation.”

Scientists from the Nature International Journal of Science study discovered that vaginally born babies got most of their gut bacteria from their mother. In contrast, those babies born via caesarean had more bacteria that came from hospital environments in their guts. It is obvious that the normal microbiomes associated with a normal vaginal birth offer better immune protection as well as facilitate the normal functions that are essential from these gut bacteria.

The researchers reported that by a cesarean baby’s first birthday, the gut bacteria was finally similar to the baby born via vaginal birth. The study scientists, who were from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, UCL, the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, noted that the importance of the gut bacteria in infants is not fully understood. They did, however, note the important role they know it plays. “The gut microbiome is a complex ecosystem of millions of microbes, and is thought to be important for the development of the immune system. Lack of exposure to the right microbes in early childhood has been implicated in autoimmune diseases such as asthma, allergies and diabetes.”

Professor Peter Brocklehurst, University of Birmingham and Principal Investigator summed up the importance of continuing research in this area by saying, “The first weeks of life are a critical window of development of the baby’s immune system, but we know very little about it. We urgently need to follow up this study, looking at these babies as they grow to see if early differences in the microbiome lead to any health issues.”

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Earaches and Infection Gone and Ear Tube Surgery Canceled Due to Chiropractic

In the September 9, 2019, issue of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health appears a case study that documents how chiropractic helped a young girl who was suffering with ear infections recover and avoid scheduled ear tube surgery.

Earaches and Infection Gone and Ear Tube Surgery Canceled Due to Chiropractic - Austin TX Chiropractor Kids Boys Girls Daughter Son Infant Baby CareOtitis media is the technical name for an ear infection. According to the Mayo Clinic, “An ear infection (sometimes called acute otitis media) is an infection of the middle ear, the air-filled space behind the eardrum that contains the tiny vibrating bones of the ear. Children are more likely than adults to get ear infections.”

This study begins by the authors reporting that acute otitis media (AOM), is a common disorder with 23% of children will have experienced this condition by year one. Most of the cases of AOM are observed ages at 6 to 12 months. Not too long ago, common medical treatment of AOM was to give the child ongoing antibiotics in an attempt to prevent further infections. More recently, the quick antibiotic approach has been less common in favor of managing the pain and monitoring the problem in the hope that the problem self-resolves.

In a growing effort to reduce the usage of drugs by children, many parents have turned to other forms of care or treatment for their children suffering with otitis media. The study reports, “A popular option and highly utilized alternative care approach for children is chiropractic.”

In this case, a 3-year-old girl was brought to the chiropractor by her mother for a chiropractic consultation and possible care. The girl had been suffering with chronic ear infections. According to her mother, the girl’s ear infections were made worse by a cold or the flu. The child had been through multiple rounds of antibiotics. Each time antibiotics were used, the ear infections would appear to clear up but then return again after the therapy was discontinued. At the time of the chiropractic examination the little girl was scheduled for tympanostomy ventilation tube surgery.

Upon examination, it was noted that the girl was suffering with infections in both ears and was visibly in pain as she appeared agitated and was continually grabbing at her ears. In addition to inspection of the ears, a spinal examination was performed which included both static palpation and light motion of the girl’s spine. From the examination it was determined that subluxations were present in the girl’s spine.

With the permission of the girl’s mother, specific forms of age appropriate chiropractic adjustment were begun. The girl was scheduled for ear tube surgery two weeks after the start of her chiropractic care. Due to the results from her receiving chiropractic care in those two weeks, her medical doctor cancelled the ear tube surgery because the infection had cleared.

The study records the response of the girl’s mother by stating, “Given the response of the patient to chiropractic care, the patient’s mother elected to have her child attend chiropractic care on a wellness basis. The child continues to receive chiropractic care on a wellness basis and has not experienced another bout of OM (otitis media).”

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Meniere’s Disease & Trigeminal Neuralgia Improved Under Chiropractic Care

The Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research published a case study on September 16, 2019, documenting the case of a patient who was suffering with Meniere’s Disease and Trigeminal Neuralgia being helped by chiropractic. A similar case study published in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research on August 26, 2019, reported on an additional case of trigeminal neuralgia being helped with chiropractic.

Meniere's Disease & Trigeminal Neuralgia Improved Under Chiropractic Care - Austin TX Chiropractor Headaches Migraines Head Neck Pain DizzyAccording to Medline Plus, “Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear. It can cause severe dizziness, a roaring sound in your ears called tinnitus, hearing loss that comes and goes and the feeling of ear pressure or pain. It usually affects just one ear.”

In describing trigeminal neuralgia, Medline Plus states, “Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a type of chronic pain that affects your face. It causes extreme, sudden burning or shock-like pain. It usually affects one side of the face. Any vibration on your face, even from talking, can set it off. The condition may come and go, disappearing for days or even months. But the longer you have it, the less often it goes away.”

In the first case, a 59-year-old woman went to the chiropractor seeking help with a variety of symptoms. She was suffering with episodes of Meniere’s Disease and Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) following a fall on the stairs resulting in an impact to the base of her skull eighteen years ago. Additionally, the woman also reported hearing loss in the right ear, headaches, asthma and wheezing from occasional allergies, and arm tremors in both arms.

In the second case, a 62-year-old woman with trigeminal neuralgia went to the chiropractor. Her symptoms included chronic right-side facial pain for the past two years, pain in her left knee for 6 months, and irritation on the bottom of her right foot. She also reported having anxiety, bilateral cold hands and feet, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

In both cases, a chiropractic examination was performed which included a postural inspection, palpation, spinal thermography, surface EMG studies and spinal x-rays. In both of these cases, it was determined that vertebral subluxations were present. A unique course of care was created for each woman with specific forms of chiropractic adjustments.

The case studies both showed that the women got significant relief with their major complaints of trigeminal neuralgia. In addition, the other complaints that the woman were suffering with either resolved or were greatly reduced. Each study recorded how the improvements positively impacted the quality of life for each of the woman.

In the conclusion of one of the studies, the authors note the importance of correcting subluxation in patients suffering from trigeminal neuralgia or Meniere’s disease. “Meniere’s Disease and Trigeminal Neuralgia negatively affect the quality of life and ability to perform activities of daily living for those that suffer from them, either independently or concurrently. Treatment for these conditions can be quite invasive and with varying levels of success and therefore many of those suffering look for alternative therapies. The primary focus of the Chiropractic care is to reduce the VSC,” (vertebral subluxation complex).

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Chronic Migraines Helped with Chiropractic

On September 2, 2019, the journal the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research published a study that documented the case of a woman who had been suffering with chronic migraines and hypnic headaches being helped by chiropractic.

Chronic Migraines Helped with Chiropractic - Austin TX PI LOP Car Truck Accident Crash Collision ERHeadaches have been described for over a millennium dating back to around 1200 B.C. The study reports that there is a 90% rate of the population suffering from a headache at some point in time. According to Healthline, “A hypnic headache is a rare type of headache that wakes people from sleep. They’re sometimes referred to as alarm-clock headaches. Hypnic headaches only affect people when they’re sleeping. They often occur around the same time several nights a week.”

Migraine headaches are a severe form of headache that can be debilitating. The Mayo Clinic describes this severe form of headache by stating, “A migraine can cause severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually on one side of the head. It’s often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine attacks can last for hours to days, and the pain can be so severe that it interferes with your daily activities.” Migraines affect 10% of the global population and is the seventh leading cause of time spent disabled.

In this case, a 59-year-old woman presented herself to a chiropractor for evaluation and possible chiropractic care. At that time, she was suffering with migraine and hypnic headaches as well as nausea and skin rashes. She reported that she had been suffering with headaches “all her life” and they had gotten worse over the last five months. Her migraines began 15 years ago when she had gotten pregnant. She had tried a variety of over the counter medications and other therapies that had only given her limited short-term relief. The woman stated that the headaches were having a significant impact on her quality of life.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included a visual inspection showing that she carried her head more forward than is normal. Palpation and other examination procedures led the chiropractor to conclude that subluxations were present. Based upon the findings, specific forms of chiropractic adjustments were started.

The woman’s schedule for chiropractic care was initially twice per week for 6 weeks. After a re-exam, the care proceeded at the rate of twice per week for 3 months, and then once per week for 6 weeks. The study records that the results of the care were a complete resolution of both the woman’s migraines and hypnic headaches. As a result of the chiropractic care and additional lifestyle changes, the study reports that the woman is “now living with rarely occurring headaches and able to perform work and every day duties uninterrupted.”

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Child Saved from Possible Adenoids and Tonsil Surgery with Chiropractic

In the August 8, 2019, issue of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, is a case study documenting the resolution of a case of swollen tonsils that was recommended for surgery but became unnecessary after chiropractic care was started.

Child Saved from Possible Adenoids and Tonsil Surgery with Chiropractic - Austin TX ATX Chiropractor BestThe adenoids and tonsils are both part of the lymphatic system and therefore an important part of a defense system from parasites and bacteria. Years ago, it was common practice to remove tonsils and sometimes adenoids if these were infected or swollen. The U.S. Library of Medicine Medline describes these organs by saying, “The lymphatic system clears away infection and keeps body fluids in balance. The adenoids and tonsils work by trapping germs coming in through the mouth and nose. Adenoids usually start to shrink after about age 5. By the teenage years, they are almost completely gone. By then, the body has other ways to fight germs.”

Although the adenoids and tonsils are important parts of the body’s defense against germs, there are times when these become enlarged to the point where they can cause sleep problems in children. If medications fail to reduce this situation, surgery is a common medical recommendation to address this issue, even though it may leave the child more susceptible to other types of respiratory issues and infections.

In this case, a mother brought her 2-year-old daughter to the chiropractor for a consultation and possible care. The girl was suffering with swollen tonsils and adenoids which was causing sleep problems. Her sleep disturbances observed by her mother included snoring, mouth breathing, choking in her sleep, and waking up on average three times per night.

Several months prior to the chiropractic visit, the girl’s mother took her to the pediatrician and related that her daughter was having the variety of symptoms she had been observing. Her MD diagnosed the girl with hypertrophy (swelling) of the tonsils and/or adenoids. The child was prescribed medications and referred for surgery for removal of the adenoids and tonsils in a month.

A chiropractic evaluation was performed on the child which included a postural inspection and palpation. It was determined that subluxations were present. With the mother’s permission, specific age-appropriate adjustments were started at the rate of two times per week.

The study reports that following the first adjustment, the child’s mother reported that her daughter showed improved sleep, less snoring and was not waking up as often at night. Her mother estimated that the girl was 50% improved after just the first adjustment. As chiropractic care continued, the girl continued to show improvement. After 12 weeks of chiropractic care, the girl was examined by her pediatrician who stated that there was no evidence of swelling of the tonsils or adenoids and surgical intervention was longer necessary.

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Resolution of Chronic Constipation Following Chiropractic Care

The Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health published a case study on August 12, 2019, documenting the resolution of chronic constipation in a toddler following the introduction of chiropractic care. Childhood functional constipation is reported to affect between 8-9% of the pediatric population with the condition affecting boys and girls equally. It is responsible for 3% of all pediatric primary care doctor visits.

Resolution of Chronic Constipation Following Chiropractic Care - Austin TX Chiropractor Kids Sons Daughters Wellness CareThe Mayo Clinic lists several signs that a child is suffering with constipation. These include: less than three bowel movements a week, bowel movements that are hard and dry and difficult to pass, pain while having a bowel movement, stomach pain, and blood on the surface of hard stools.

The author of the study notes that the main nerve in the body that controls the gastrointestinal system is the “vagus” nerve. This nerve originates in the upper neck area and travels down to many of the internal organs including the intestinal system. Any malfunction in the transmission of the nerve can have a negative effect on the gastrointestinal system, causing problems such as constipation.

In this case, a 3-year-old girl was brought by her parents to the chiropractor. It was reported that the girl had been suffering with chronic constipation for the prior year. During this time, the young girl would only have a bowel movement approximately every three to five days with the help of medication. When she did have a bowel movement, it was usually very large and more solid than normal. The medical physicians who examined the girl could not find a medical cause for the constipation and therefore said it was “functional.”

A chiropractic examination was performed. This included a postural evaluation, spinal range of motion tests, spinal segmental range of motion, and a heat reading thermographic study. From these tests, it was determined that subluxations were present, mainly in the upper neck. Specific forms of age-appropriate adjustments were started.

There were no changes noted after the girl’s first adjustment. However, after the second adjustment, the girl said she needed to go to the bathroom, and she had a bowel movement in the chiropractic office restroom. The girl’s parents noted that this was the first bowel movement she had in months that was not initiated by medication or laxatives. On the third visit one week later, the girl’s mother reported that her daughter was having daily bowel movements without any laxatives or medications. In the following three months, there was only one reported episode of the girl having constipation. This one episode was relieved on the same day after a chiropractic adjustment.

In the study’s discussion and conclusion, the author wrote, “Constipation adversely affects the quality of life of those afflicted with this condition. Any treatment that can fully alleviate constipation, and notably without dependence upon a pharmacological agent which reduces the symptom temporarily, warrants strong consideration. This case report provides supporting evidence on the benefits of chiropractic care in a young patient diagnosed with chronic functional constipation.

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Pregnant Woman Injured During Pregnancy Helped with Chiropractic

A case study was published on August 1, 2019, in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, documenting the improvement of a pregnant woman who was helped by chiropractic care after an injury during her pregnancy.

Pregnant Woman Injured During Pregnancy Helped with Chiropractic - Austin TX Chiropractor Delivery Labor Pelvic Floor Sciaitic Low Back PainThe authors of the study begin by reporting that traumatic injuries complicate 6% to 8% of pregnancies. This results in approximately 30,000 pregnant women having to seek care for their injuries. The breakdown shows that 54.6% are from motor vehicle accidents, 22.3% from violent assaults, 21.8% from falls, and the remainder from a variety of other incidents.

Accidents and trauma during pregnancy can affect the mother and the unborn infant. Studies have shown that the infant survival rate after a serious trauma is reduced to 56% following the trauma with most of the fetal deaths occurring in the 2nd trimester. The study points out the serious consequences, “Among pregnant women who sustained severe injuries, there is 17-fold increased risk for placental abruption and a 30-fold increased risk for fetal death.”

In this case, a 36-year-old woman who was in the 33rd week of her pregnancy presented herself for a chiropractic evaluation and possible care. Two weeks prior to her visit, she fell down a 15-step set of stairs. After the fall, she went into premature labor and was taken to the hospital. She was released two days later and told that she would probably have her baby early.

One week later, the woman developed pain in her hips, lower back and pelvis. She reported that it was becoming increasing difficult to lift her toddler son as well as perform her daily activities. She rated the pain as between 8 and 10 on a 1 to 10 scale with 10 being the worst.

A chiropractic examination showed several postural abnormalities including a forward position head and an increased curve on the lower back. Palpation of the woman’s spine showed multiple areas of sensitivity and tight musculature. Her spinal range of motion was both restricted and painful.

It was determined that subluxations were present and specific forms of chiropractic adjustments were given appropriate for her subluxations and being pregnant. It was recommended that she be adjusted 2-3 times per week for the remainder of her pregnancy.

The woman reported that within the first three chiropractic visits, she had a significant improvement in her pain and quality of life. After three visits, her pelvic pain had resolved as did her lower back pain after five visits. She delivered a baby girl just one day short of 38 weeks, which was longer than expected by her medical physicians and longer than for her first child.

In their discussion, the authors relate how common chiropractic care is becoming for pregnant women. “Since the inception of chiropractic, the care of the pregnant patient has taken place. In the modern era, the popularity of chiropractic for this patient population is justified in terms of chiropractic’s effectiveness in addressing pregnancy-related musculoskeletal complaints and improvements in quality of life.”

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Fluoride Exposure During Pregnancy Linked to Lower IQ in Sons

The headline above is from an article published on August 20, 2019, in the publication, The Scientist. It is based on scientific study published the day before in JAMA Pediatrics with the title, Association Between Maternal Fluoride Exposure During Pregnancy and IQ Scores in Offspring in Canada.

Fluoride Exposure During Pregnancy Linked to Lower IQ in Sons - Austin TX ATX Chiropractor Chiropractic Care Best ReviewsThe study, which was also reported on in many news outlets, used data that was collected as part of a program in Canada called the “Maternal-Infant Research on Environmental Chemicals program.” The program reviewed information on pregnant mothers and their children born between 2008 and 2012 in six Canadian cities.

The researchers examined the mothers’ fluoride exposure during their pregnancy and compared that information with IQ studies of their children at 3 or 4 years of age. The study looked at 601 mother-child pairs recruited from 6 major cities in Canada. In those cities, 41% of the mothers lived in communities supplied with fluoridated municipal water.

The scientists assessed the amount of fluoride exposure for the pregnant women in two ways. One way was to measure the amount of fluoride in the womens’ urine samples during pregnancy. The second way was to calculate the fluoride consumption based on how much was in their city’s water supply and how much the women recalled drinking.

The pregnant women who lived in cities with fluorinated water showed 0.69 milligrams per liter of fluoride in their urine, compared to only 0.4 milligrams per liter of fluoride in the urine of women living in cities without fluoridated water.

The results showed that at between ages 3 and 4, the children of the mothers who were exposed to fluoride in their water supply had a lower IQ score. This finding was more pronounced in boys than in girls. In boys, it was shown that 1 ml increase of fluoride in the pregnant mother’s urine resulted in a 4.6-point drop in their son’s IQ level when tested 3-4 years after birth.

Christine Till, a co-author and associate professor of psychology at York University in Toronto stated in a NPR article on the study, “Only boys were affected when we looked at urinary fluoride,” she said, “but both boys and girls were affected when we looked at maternal fluoride intake or water fluoride concentration.”

Another study author, Rivka Green, a neuropsychology doctoral candidate at York University in Toronto, Canada, commented in the Scientist article “We tried to be as cautious and careful as possible,” she says. “We’re not coming in saying that fluoride is poison or anything like that. We’re just … letting the data tell the story.”

The conclusion of the study stated, “In this study, maternal exposure to higher levels of fluoride during pregnancy was associated with lower IQ scores in children aged 3 to 4 years. These findings indicate the possible need to reduce fluoride intake during pregnancy.”

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Access to Chiropractic May Reduce Medical Spending on Spine Conditions for Seniors

A study published on August 9, 2019, by the American Journal of Managed Care shows that when the elderly have access to chiropractic care, the expenditures for spine related problems decreases.

Access to Chiropractic May Reduce Medical Spending on Spine Conditions for Seniors - Austin ATX Chiropractor Medicare Health Care Non Invasive Low Back PainThe purpose of the study, as stated by the authors was, “Chiropractic care is a service that operates outside of the conventional medical system and is reimbursed by Medicare. Our objective was to examine the extent to which accessibility of chiropractic care affects spending on medical spine care among Medicare beneficiaries.”

This study looked at health records of 84,679 older adults enrolled in Medicare who had moved at least once from 2010 to 2014. The researchers checked to see if these Medicare recipients moved from an area of higher access to chiropractors to an area of lower access, or from an area of low access to a higher access area.

The researchers would then look at the expenditures for these people to see if relocating to a new area with either a higher or lower density of chiropractors had an effect on overall spending for medical spine-related conditions. The researchers also adjusted their results of account for any availability changes in medical care. With this, the results obtained would be purely due to the accessibility of chiropractic care.

The study reports the financial impact that spine related conditions has by noting, “Back pain and neck pain are associated with an estimated direct cost of $86 billion to the United States economy.” The study also reports, “Approximately one-fourth of all adults will experience nonspecific back pain during a 3-month period, and at any one point in time, approximately 30% of older adults suffer from back pain.”

Chiropractic care is widely used by the U.S. population as the study states. “With more than 100 million visits for spine conditions each year the chiropractic profession is the largest health service that operates outside of the conventional medical system and the only such service reimbursed by Medicare.”

The importance of this type of information was explained by the researchers when they described the usage of chiropractic for the population is covered by Medicare. “Medicare spends $400 million to $500 million on chiropractic care each year and chiropractic care has been scrutinized several times by the Office of the Inspector General. A prior study uncovered an association between higher accessibility of chiropractic care and lower reliance on primary care services, suggesting that chiropractic care may substitute for medical care.”

This study showed that overall there was a statistically significant reduction in costs for medical care of spine conditions when chiropractic care was more readily available. In their conclusion, the authors summed their findings by saying, “Among older adults, access to chiropractic care may reduce medical spending on services for spine conditions.”

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