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Baby monitor health warning
Australia Created: 11 Dec 2014
An Australian author has stirred up debate on whether or not baby monitors are safe, claiming they emit dangerous radiation.

They are designed to keep baby safe while mum and dad are away from the nursery, but Donna Fisher believes wireless monitors could be doing more harm than good.

In a new book, she claims the electromagnetic field they emit can contribute to health problems, like chronic fatigue, nausea and cancer.

She is also concerned the exposure can increase the risk of SIDS and autism.

So concerned by the health impacts, she is calling for a nationwide ban on wireless monitors and wants them removed from the shelves.

"Experts have likened having a wireless baby monitor in the bedroom like having a mobile phone antenna station in the bedroom; It's the same radiation," Mrs Fisher said.

The monitors use Wi-Fi to communicate but the electromagnetic levels are lower than Australian standards.

Dr Mark Gregory, RMIT senior technology lecturer, said: "Australia has very conservative guidelines on the emissions that can occur from mobile devices or Wi-Fi and for this reason, we should not be concerned about dangerous side effects."

The government agency for radiation protection says there is no clear evidence on whether exposure to magnetic fields is a hazard, but a large number of scientific studies have not found a health risk.

The best way to reduce any risk is to move the monitor a safe distance away from the crib.
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Source: 7News Melbourne, 02 Dec 2014

Mobile phones unlikely to harm human health, scientists find
United Kingdom Created: 11 Dec 2014
Mobile phones unlikely to harm human health, scientists find
Key proteins in the human body are completely unaffected by the magnetic fields of mobile phones, scientists have found
Researchers found there is no scientific evidence that exposure to electromagnetic radiation at low levels poses a health risk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/11283305/Mobile-phones-unlikely-to-harm-human-health-scientists-find.html

The magnetic fields created by mobile phones and power lines are not harmful to human health, the University of Manchester has found.
Several studies have suggested that electromagnetic fields emitted from mobile devices and power cables could cause infertility and cancer, including research in the 1970s which suggested they could be linked to childhood leukaemia.

Consequently, the International Agency for Research on Cancer has categorised low frequency magnetic fields as ‘possibly carcinogenic’ while the NHS advises against using mobiles for long periods, and warns against children using them for non-essential calls.

It was thought that magnetic fields could harm key proteins in the human body. But the University of Manchester has now found that they have no detectable impact at all.

Researchers looked about how weak magnetic fields (WMFs) affected flavoproteins, which are crucial to health and control the nervous system and DNA repair.
If these proteins go wrong then there are serious knock-on effects for human health.
But after subjecting them to WMFs in the lab it became clear that they were completely unaffected.

Dr Alex Jones, research fellow at the School of Chemistry at The University of Manchester, and co-lead author of the paper, said: “There is still some concern among the public about this potential link, which has been found in some studies into cases of childhood leukaemia, but without any clear mechanism for why.

“Flavoproteins transfer electrons from one place to another. Along the path the electrons take, very short lived chemical species known as radical pairs are often created.

“Biochemical reactions involving radical pairs are considered the most plausible candidates for sensitivity to WMFs, but for them to be so the reaction conditions have to be right.

“This research suggests that the correct conditions for biochemical effects of WMFs are likely to be rare in human biology.”

Professor Nigel Scrutton, co-lead author of the paper, from the Faculty of Life Sciences, added: “More work on other possible links will need to be done but this study definitely takes us nearer to the point where we can say that power-lines, mobile phones and other similar devices are likely to be safe for humans.”

A study in 2010, by a Health Protection Agency group set up to examine the safety of mobile phones, transmitter masts and wi-fi, found "no convincing evidence" they caused any adverse effects on human health.

However members of the Advisory Group on Non-ionising Radiation (AGNIR) said they could not be sure of the long term effects of mobiles, as there was currently "little information beyond 15 years from first exposure". The study is continuing.

The research was published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.
http://rsif.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/12/103/20141155

By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor.
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Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Must See EMF Summitt: One area of concern for Curtis is the rise of EMF radiation exposure.
USA Created: 11 Dec 2014
Curtis Bennet, Chief Science Officer, Interprovincial Journeyman Electrician (Red Seal), Building Engineering Technologist, Adjunct Faculty for Integrative Health Forum & Global Education Development Institute, Thermal Radiation Consultant for 35 Years.
http://www.thermoguy.com
curtis@thermoguy.com

Thermographic or thermal infrared (IR) imaging takes more than simply having infrared equipment. Infrared thermal scanning requires an imaging application in conjunction with the right equipment, supporting temperature software and qualified professionals with backgrounds specific to the application. Mr. Bennett’s company has over 35 years experience applying infrared technology in the field for a wide variety of professionals. One area of concern for Curtis is the rise of EMF radiation exposure. He is assisting in providing causality as dozens of high-profile lawsuits over brain tumors as results of extended cell phone use are finally going to trial after decades of delays.
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Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Show Us The Fine Print
USA Created: 9 Dec 2014
Body-worn [phone] SAR testing has been carried out at a separation distance of 1 cm - To meet RF exposure guidelines during body-worn operation, the device sould be positioned at least this distance away from the body.

Yes it actually says this in the Gallaxy S5 user manual. This means when you carry your phone in your pocket or bra, you're exposed to untested radiation levels.

Read more at: http://showusthefineprint.com
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Source: Environmental Health Trust, 01 Dec 2014

The Connection Between Air Pollution and Cell Phones You've Never Heard About
USA Created: 9 Dec 2014
In the 21st century, "show me the bodies" seems like a cruel and outdated foundation for public policy - Yet history is littered with examples -- like tobacco and asbestos -- where only after the death toll mounts is the price of inaction finally understood to exceed that of action.

In 19th century England, factory workers' warnings about crippling lung disease in teenagers working with asbestos were ignored until evidence of the epidemic toll of factory work became overwhelming more than a half-century later. Modern parallels are very much with us. Lung cancer in a young Chinese girl who grew up in polluted urban environment and breast cancer in young women who kept their cell phones in their bras are stunning indications of modern risks where we cannot afford to wait for broader public impacts before reining in exposures.

In 1996, analyses I conducted with the World Health Organization showed that residents in seven out of the world's 10 most polluted cities were in China where citizens were breathing dangerously polluted air. In 2013, a small girl in one industrialized zone bore the price of growing up breathing the equivalent of two packs of cigarette smoke a day. The Chinese government reported an extraordinary event -- an eight-year-old living next to a heavily trafficked road developed lung cancer.

Polluted air has hit China big and hard. Rates of lung cancer have grown fourfold in the past decade. Stifling hazy air pollution in China has shut down airports and tanker traffic. It is not unusual for levels of dangerous ultra-fine particles of PM2.5 to reach 1,000 micrograms per cubic meter, 40 times the World Health Organization's advised level.

The show-me-the-bodies approach that China has taken with respect to both tobacco smoking and air pollution is proving costly and painful. The country faces a public health catastrophe of increasing rates of lung cancer in its youth. To clean the air for the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings this month, the government shut down factories and pulled cars off the road. When that did not work sufficiently, they blocked access to data on air pollution. Tourism to the heavily polluted capitol city, Beijing is plummeting. American embassy personnel receive hardship pay for being stationed in Beijing. In order to maintain fitness, those who can afford to do so use electric treadmills in offices that use air filtration machines to clean the air. They also drive cars with special air filters, knowing that pollution inside vehicles stuck in traffic can be four to eight times higher than the surrounding air -- 4000-8000 micrograms per cubic meter. The irony of this situation is clear. People are using even more energy in order to clean up the dirty air they've created by driving and producing electricity using coal.

The situation now posed by cellphones and wireless transmitting devices around the world appears eerily reminiscent of what has transpired with tobacco, asbestos and air pollution. A brave young 21-year-old woman from eastern Pennsylvania, Tiffany Frantz has come forward with the story of her own rare cancerous breast tumors that formed right under the antennae of the cellphone she kept in her bra for many hours a day for five years. Normally breast cancer occurs in older women or younger ones with a family history of the disease. Tiffany is neither. More cases are being reported, and physicians like Lisa Bailey, breast surgeon and former chief of the American Cancer Society for California are deeply concerned. "Young women should not get breast cancer and certainly do not develop several distinctive tumors in the center of the chest," she noted. "This is a wake-up call to keep phones off the body."

Recent studies find that those who begin using cell phones as teens have four to eight times more brain cancer as young adults. The Cleveland Clinic reports that men who keep phones in their pockets have fewer and sicker sperm. Yale University studies show that offspring exposed prenatally to cellphone radiation have damaged brains and behavioral problems. Yet, these studies are strangely omitted from some official reviews on wireless radiation, like that recently carried out for Canada's Safety Code Six.

Recently Facebook apologized to users for treating them like lab animals by not getting their permission to conduct a social experiment that used postings to manipulate their emotions -- the results of which were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The apology is overdue and well-taken. Missing altogether are apologies from major telecom manufacturers and Internet providers to people like Tiffany. Instead they continue to market cell phones and other microwave-radiating products especially to infants, toddlers and young teens and fail to provide clear notice that such radiation increases the risks of cancers, reproductive harm and a host of other health problems.

In fact, buried within most smartphones are warnings that the FCC's thermally-based exposure levels can be exceeded the device is kept in the pocket or bra. For tablets the situation is even more worrisome -- with up to four microwave-radiating antennae, tablets are tested to avoid heating an adult male body when kept at a distance of about eight inches.

Surely an industry that has grown more than any in human history can do better. We need software and hardware to limit direct microwave radiation into the brain and body. We need clear information on ways to reduce exposures -- keeping tablets on tables not laps, downloading at a distance and then using them on airplane mode, and preferring wired over wireless connections. For towers, routers and other devices, we need a system to keep exposures As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) -- just like diagnostic radiation; and we especially need a way to provide safety to children in schools and those who are especially sensitive to exposures.

Whenever possible, wired is better than wireless. As Verizon notes wired networks are faster, safer, more secure and also less costly.

Tiffany Frantz is sending us a wake up call. Let's hope we hear it soon. The show-me-the-bodies approach cannot work for a technology developed less than a generation ago, that now finds the world with more cell phones than toilets or people. To demand ever more proof of harm now before taking steps to reduce dangers in the next generation puts us and our children in an uncontrolled, potentially disastrous experiment. Who's going to apologize for that?

CORRECTION: A previous version of this post incorrectly stated that Ms. Frantz's tumors had formed after seven years. The amount of time was five years.

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Source: Huffington Post, Devra Davis Ph.D., 07 Dec 2014

How WiFi and Other Electromagnetic Fields Cause Biological Harm
USA Created: 7 Dec 2014
Our modern world is an electromagnetic soup filled with pulses, radio frequencies, computer screens, wireless signals, and a host of wearable gadgets that are emitting damaging radiation.

Peer-reviewed scientific studies have drawn conclusions that should concern us all, but particularly for young children and pregnant women. Government agencies are even doing battle amongst themselves over outdated scientific information that still impacts current regulations.

Yet another credible voice is now sounding the alarm about the pervasive dangers of Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs) – Professor Martin Pall, PhD – professor of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Science at Washington State University, Pullman. His lecture can be viewed below, as well as a summary of his findings amid a flood of other scientific research.

It is worth noting that Pall’s concerns have been echoed by others throughout the field of biochemistry and health science.

- A prominent neuroscientist recently went on record in a lecture to the medical community which gave strong credence to the concerns of everyday citizens.

- A world-renown biochemist went as far as to say that wireless radiation is a biohazard and should be abolished in certain settings.

- British ER physician and founder of Physicians’ Health Initiative for Radiation and the Environment (PHIRE), Dr Erica Mallery-Blythe, analyzed the exponential growth of damaging sources of EMFs – damaging to all life, as life could be defined as anything that possesses an electromagnetic field. She concludes her lecture with some practical solutions that can be taken to mitigate the effects of bio-active frequencies which can cause disruption of our DNA fractal antenna and promote a host of stress responses.
Watch Dr, Mallery-Blythe's lecture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNFdZVeXw7M

Professor Pall states unequivocally in his lecture in Oslo, Norway:

“I think this is going to be one of the major issues in the next few years. Most people are not aware of this, and the people who are mostly know the old data – and there’s a lot of new [information] on this that’s extremely, extremely important.”

Pall shows us how, with an increasing preponderance of so-called ‘smart’ meters, ‘smart’ phones and other microwave-emitting technologies and infrastructure, the health of the public is in danger; that our young are the most at risk and that urgent action to protect people is now required.

Prof. Pall’s extensive research over recent decades into this issue shows that:

- Microwaves damage humans at levels far below present radiation limits, through mechanisms at the cellular level

- These biological mechanisms can – completely or partially – be behind growing “unexplained illnesses” like sudden cardiac death, ME, weakened immune system, fibromyalgia, post-traumatic stress, and increased DNA breakage, etc.

- The effects can, in principle, affect all multicellular animals, and is proven, for example, in mussels (molluscs)

- You need neither New Age, tendentious science or conspiracy theories to justify this.

Now is the time to become informed and keep your friends and family up to date on new research that shows the threats some of our new technologies pose to the more vulnerable among us. How many times do we need to hear the assurances of the scientific establishment that they have covered all bases in advising governments to create health guidelines that later turn out to be woefully inadequate?

Prof. Pall's lecture in Oslo, Norway:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pjt0iJThPU0
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Source: Global Research, Kevin Samson, 07 Dec 2014

Radio Frequency fields: Environmental Health Criteria Monograph
Switzerland Created: 6 Dec 2014
Consultation on the scientific review for the upcoming WHO Environmental Health Criteria - The consultation is open until 15 December 2014.

The World Health Organization is undertaking a health risk assessment of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields, to be published as a monograph in the Environmental Health Criteria Series. This publication will complement the monographs on static fields (2006) and extremely low frequency fields (2007), and will update the monograph on radiofrequency fields (1993).

The draft chapters of this document which contain the scientific content are now open for technical consultation by RF experts. We are seeking comments on the accuracy and completeness of the information contained in these chapters. Please note that the literature searches have been done up to December 2012 (in a few instances to December 2013), so the more recent studies are currently not yet included. While the searches and chapters will be updated before finalization of the document, any suggestions for inclusion of peer reviewed studies are welcomed.

The process used in developing the chapters is described in Appendix X. Note that the chapters 1, 13 and 14 which will provide a summary, health risk assessment and protective measures are not available for this consultation. The drawing of conclusions from the literature and the drafting of these chapters is the remit of a formal Task Group that will be convened by WHO at a later stage in the process.

If you have questions, please contact us at: emfproject@who.int

To provide comments, please go to https://extranet.who.int/datacol/form.asp?id=3092
User name: RFconsultation
Password: RFconsultation

Note that individual experts are requested to fill in a Declaration of Interest (DOI)

(download the documents via the source link below)
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Source: WHO EMF project, 26 Nov 2014

Epidemiology: ICNIRP hijacked WHO EMF Project
Finland Created: 5 Dec 2014
Epidemiological evidence is considered as the most important evidence when evaluating possibility of health effects induced by radiation emitted by wireless communication devices (RF-EMF). I disagree with this notion because of the intrinsic limitations of epidemiological method. It is too crude method to give reliable answers. I am not alone in this opinion. Notably, Michael Repacholi, former Head of the WHO EMF Project has similar opinion and he said in his Guest Blog on BRHP: “my concern is that there is an over-reliance on epidemiology studies.”

The problem with the, so far, executed epidemiological studies in RF-EMF area is the inadequate radiation dosimetry.

In some studies, like the case-control studies (Interphone, Hardell and CERENAT) the dosimetry is based on what person remembers. It is very crude information. However, in defense of the planners of case-control studies, it is necessary to mention that when the Interphone was being planned, and I participated in these discussions as then Head of Radiation Biology Laboratory of STUK, scientists asked network operators to provide information on the use of cell phones by study subjects. Operators refused, calling the information “trade secret”. So, the scientists had to rely on peoples’ memory…

Situation of dosimetry data in cohort studies is even worse. Scientists attempted to avoid reliance on users’ memory but, instead of improving exposure data, they made it worse. The dosimetry evidence in cohort studies, Danish Cohort and Million Women Study, is absolutely inadequate to use it as proof of no risk of cancer from the use of cell phones.

However, the ICNIRP scientists just do so. They quote Danish Cohort and Million Women Study as the evidence of no cancer risk. At the same time they simply dismiss the evidence provided by the case control studies.

*SNIP* ...read the entire article via the source link below (its a MUST READ!).
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Source: BRHP blog, Prof. Dariusz Leszczynski, 12 Dec 2014

Man claims OUC's smart meter made him sick, files federal lawsuit
USA Created: 4 Dec 2014
An Orange County man claims OUC's smart meter, which thousands of residents have on their homes, gave him major medical problems and he's filed a federal lawsuit.

"It leads to a lot of problems," said disabled veteran Bill Metallo. "I'm looking at a lot of skin problems, sleepless nights."

Metallo lists his medical problems in the federal lawsuit he just filed against OUC over the smart meters.

The digital meters are designed to make procedures easier for the company, and OUC has been installing them at thousands of Orlando homes over the past few years.

After the smart meter was installed at Metallo's home, he chose to opt out of the program. The company returned his analog meter but then added a $95 enrollment free and a $13 monthly fee.

OUC said the fees were approved by Florida's Public Service Commission, but Metallo claims it violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.

"I want them to stop doing what they're doing, it's illegal what they're doing," said Metallo.

The smart meters have been criticized statewide in the past, and some claim they're linked to cancer.

"Smart meters are emitting electromagnetic radiation that we can't see or smell," said biologist Diana Schultz.

OUC said it couldn't comment about the pending lawsuit in Metallo's case, but denied the meters cause medical issues.

"It's fact. It's proven," said Metallo.

The utilities company released a statement to WFTV about the smart meter program:

"On the issue itself, the Public Service Commission has approved our fee structure for having a non-standard meter read. There is a cost for OUC to manually read the old meters which includes staff time and fuel. Less than one-tenth of one percent of all OUC customers contacted us about keeping their old meters, and of those only 125 out of more than 229,000 have decided to opt-out. There are many benefits of digital meters including the ability for customers to learn more about their daily energy use through an online customer dashboard, instead of having to open a bill at the end of their monthly billing cycle."
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Source: WFTV.com, 02 Dec 2014

Hamburg stoppt WLAN an Schulen
Germany Created: 29 Nov 2014
An sechs Hamburger Schulen sollte das digitale Zeitalter Einzug halten. Stadt und Schulbehörde rudern nun zurück: Das Funknetz WLAN sei zu gefährlich für die Gesundheit der Schüler.

Hamburg | Die von der Schulbehörde für nach den Sommerferien angekündigten Maßnahmen, die Schüler dreier Hamburger Stadtteilschulen und dreier Gymnasien jeweils mit Tablet und Notebook auszustatten, liegen vorerst auf Eis. Grund ist, dass der kabellose Internetzugang der Endgeräte durch das Funknetz WLAN ermöglicht werden soll. Sowohl mögliche gesundheitliche Folgen sind ungeklärt, als auch gesetzliche Rahmenbedingungen.

„Sechs Schulen ersetzen Tafel, Schulbücher, Hefte und Stifte durch Laptop und Tablet im Unterricht“, hieß es noch im Mai in einer von Schulsenator Ties Rabe präsentierten Mitteilung. Im Laufe des zweijährigen Projektes sollten demnach bis zu 1300 Schülerinnen und Schüler und damit rund 30 Prozent der Kinder und Jugendlichen dieser Schulen teilnehmen. Nun ruderte die Schulbehörde zurück. „Wir prüfen gerade, ob es datenschutzrechtliche oder andere juristische Probleme gibt“, räumte ihr Sprecher Peter Albrecht ein.

Hohe Wellen hatte das Vorhaben vor allem geschlagen, weil der parteilose Bürgerschaftsabgeordnete Walter Scheuerl mit zwei Kleinen Anfragen in der Bürgerschaft und diversen Gutachten das Vorhaben zu torpedieren versuchte. So würden über die kabellosen lokalen Funknetze mittels des Ausstrahlens und Empfangens von extrem hoher Mikrowellenfrequenzen Daten übertragen.

In der Tat kritisierten einige Mediziner unlängst, die Einführung von Tablets, Smartphones und WLAN als Unterrichtsmedien an Schulen als „eine unkritische Übernahme eines Fortschritts-Hypes“. In einem Offenen Brief bemängeln 20 Mediziner vom „Ärztearbeitskreis Digitale Medien Stuttgart“, dass die aus der Wissenschaft und Medizin vorgebrachten Bedenken zur Nutzung digitaler Medien in den Schulen nicht beachtet würden. „Die Korrelation des Anstiegs von Überforderung, Kopfschmerzen, ADHS und psychischen Erkrankungen mit der wachsenden Nutzung der digitalen Medien ist besorgniserregend“, sagte der Ulmer Psychiater und Gehirnforscher Prof. Manfred Spitzer. Nach dem Stand der Wissenschaft sei deren Gesundheitsschädlichkeit eindeutig, die Belastung könne neben Konzentrationsstörungen auch zu Spermienschädigungen bis hin zu DNA-Strangbrüchen und damit zu Krebs führen. Die Hersteller, ebenso wie das Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz, würden bereits vor einer körpernahen Nutzung der Geräte warnen und Mindestabstände fordern, so die Ärzte. Weder Schulbehörde noch Gesundheitsbehörde der Hansestadt konnten sich zu diesen Warnungen äußern.

Dirk Petersen, Umweltexperte der Verbraucherzentrale Hamburg, relativierte: „Es gibt aus unser Sicht keine verlässlichen Informationen, dass es schädlich ist.“ Dafür sei die Strahlung schlicht zu gering, so der Experte. Ellen Kruse, Sprecherin der AG Elektrosmog des BUND Hamburg, kritisierte hingegen: „Es gibt sehr viele neutrale Studien, die nachweisen, dass WLAN sehr schädlich ist.“ Sie forderte unabhängige Experten, die an Schulen aufklären. Besonders die gebündelte Nutzung in bis zu 30 Schüler umfassenden Klassen sei bedenklich, so Kruse. Auch die Weltgesundheitsorganisation warne davor, dass Mobilfunk möglicherweise krebserregend sein könnte. „Wir sind für das Vorsorgeprinzip“, sagte sie. Der BUND sei aber nicht fortschrittsfeindlich und plädiere für einen verkabelten Internetzugang an Schulen.

In seinen Anfragen an den Senat ging es Scheuerl auch um das Thema Datenschutzerklärungen und ob den Sorgeberechtigten, volljährigen Schülern sowie Lehrkräften diese vorliegen würden und was passiere, wenn diese nicht unterschreiben würden. Die Schulbehörde räumte nun ein, genau dies gerade zu prüfen. Scheuerl sagte: „Die Behörde hatte das zuvor überhaupt nicht sorgfältig vorbereitet.“ Allerdings sei die WLAN-Nutzung aus seiner Sicht in Ordnung, wenn diese einwilligen würden. „Der Schuleinsatz für die Internetrecherche ist wichtig, es geht aber auch um Informationskompetenz“, so Scheuerl. Eine allgemeine Aufklärung forderte er auch über die pädagogischen und lernpsychologischen Folgen, haftungsrechtlichen Risiken, versicherungstechnischen Fragen sowie urheberrechtlichen Fragestellungen und Risiken.
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Source: SHZ.de / Flensburger Tageblatt, Martin Sonnleitner, 29 Nov 2014

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