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Research Archive

Welcome to our Chinese medicine and acupuncture research news pages. We add to the content of these pages continuously as more research news comes in. Browse through the complete archive below or use the category links on the right.

Please note that the most twenty recent research archive items are free to view but access to the thousands of items in the archive require a journal subscription.

Acupuncture is effective for the management of cancer-related fatigue, particularly for those with breast cancer and those undergoing anti-cancer treatment ...

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Needle retention time does not affect the perceived benefits of acupuncture for oncology patients, according to research carried out in Australia ...

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Transcutaneous electrical acupuncture stimulation can reduce anxiety, promote rehabilitation and increase quality of life in lung cancer patients receiving palliative care ...

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The largest, most rigorous study of its kind to date has found that acupuncture can significantly reduce the severe joint pain experienced by women undergoing treatment for early stage breast cancer ...

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A systematic review by Taiwanese authors has found that acupuncture is as effectivevas hormone therapy for alleviating the general symptoms of menopause in breast cancer patients undergoing hormone therapy ...

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Acupuncture may be a useful adjunctive treatment for reducing fatigue in palliative cancer care, report Chinese investigators ...

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A pilot study carried out in China suggests that acupuncture may be effective for reducing cancer pain ...

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Patients with advanced gastric cancer experience a significant reduction in gastrointestinal symptoms induced by chemotherapy when treated with acupuncture ...

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Radiotherapy patients who receive acupuncture need fewer anti-emetics and have better eating capacity than those receiving standard care ...

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Post-surgical acupuncture can reduce the severity of symptoms experienced, and improve the ability to cope with symptoms amongst women undergoing breast cancer surgery ...

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The effects of electro-acupuncture are comparable with those of the drug gabapentin for improving sleep disturbances among breast cancer survivors ...

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A herbal formula, Shuanghuang Shengbai Granule (SSG), improves symptoms and prevents bone marrow suppression in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy ...

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Auricular acupuncture (AA) offers a safe and cheap method for treating hot flushes, especially in cancer-related menopausal transition ...

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A UK group has found acupuncture alone or in combination with morphine to be effective for the relief of breathlessness in lung cancer patients ...

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Four new studies demonstarte the power of acupuncture in helping cancer-related pain, hot flus=hes and other symptoms ...

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Transcutaneous acupoint electrical stimulation (TAES) may improve postoperative immune depression in patients with lung cancer, by regulating the balance of T cells and their related cytokines ...

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Warm needle acupuncture treatment can reduce lymphoedema in breast cancer patients, report Korean investigators ...

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Acupuncture in association with enhanced self-care is an effective integrative intervention for managing hot flushes and improving quality of life in women with breast cancer ...

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A preliminary study from Taiwan suggests that both static and moving forms of qigong practice are beneficial for breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy ...

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Authors from Hong Kong have conducted an overview of meta-analyses to summarise the available evidence on Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) for palliative cancer care ...

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Tai chi is an effective intervention for managing fatigue in patients with lung cancer undergoing chemotherapy, a Chinese study has found ...

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Authors from Hong Kong have produced a comprehensive overview of the current evidence available from systematic reviews of the effectiveness of acupuncture for palliative cancer care ...

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In a collaborative study between Chinese and US cancer centres, the Chinese formula Ren Shen Yang Rong Tang (RSYRT, ‘Ginseng Decoction to Nourish the Nutritive Qi’) has been found to significantly reduce severe fatigue in cancer patients ...

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Acupuncture appears to be effective for reducing pain and other symptoms in cancer patients, according to an open clinical trial carried out by clinicians in the USA ...

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Researchers from the USA suggest that electro-acupuncture (EA) may be more effective, and result in fewer adverse effects, than the drug gabapentin (GP) for managing hot flushes in breast cancer survivors ...

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A herbal formula containing Ren Shen (Radix Ginseng) may improve fatigue in cancer survivors, investigators from China report ...

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Tai chi qigong (TCQ) could be an effective non-pharmacological intervention for managing head, neck and shoulder impairments in survivors of nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC). Conventional treatments for NPC often result in trismus (lockj

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Acupuncture and moxibustion may stimulate anti-cancer immunity, protect bone marrow cells and minimise drug side-effects in colon cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, according to a pilot study carried out in Portugal ...

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American researchers have found that electro-acupuncture (EA) can produce significant improvements in fatigue, anxiety and depression in women experiencing joint pain related to treatment with aromatase inhibitors (AIs).

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Taking part in a 12-week qigong intervention has significant benefits for prostate cancer survivors, a US study has found.

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A systematic review from China suggests that acupuncture is promising as a palliative care treatment for cancer patients.

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A study from China has concluded that electro-acupuncture (EA) is an effective treatment for relieving pain caused by pancreatic cancer.

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American researchers have found that acupuncture produces clinically important and durable improvement in arthralgia in breast cancer patients receiving aromatase inhibitors (AIs).

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Apigenin, a flavonoid found in fruits and vegetables, could be behind the anti-cancer effects of the Mediterranean diet, according to researchers from the USA. The compound, which is most abundant in chamomile tea, parsley and celery, was show

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A pilot study carried out in Hong Kong suggests that qigong could reduce cancer therapy side effects such as upper limb lymphoedema and poor circulation in survivors of breast cancer.

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Researchers from the US have found that qigong practice can reduce depressive symptoms and improve quality of life in women undergoing radiotherapy for breast cancer. Ninety-six women with breast cancer were randomised to a qigong group or a waitlist

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A review of the evidence for the use of acupuncture for cancer pain has found that it is beneficial.

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An observational study carried out by a research team from the UK suggests that the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) five-point ear acupuncture protocol may offer a simple non-pharmacological method for managing breast-cancer treatment–related hot flushes and night sweats (HF&NS).

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Acupuncture may help reduce arm circumference in women with breast cancer-related lymphoedema (BCRL), according to an American pilot study.

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A study from Scandinavia has found a direct link between poor oral hygiene and cancer. People with the highest amount of dental plaque were nearly twice as likely to have cancer; in women, it was most likely to be breast cancer.

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An extract of bee propolis (Feng Jiao) can slow the growth of prostate cancer tumours, American researchers have discovered.

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Chinese researchers have concluded that tai chi may be able to improve immune status in lung cancer survivors, and thereby potentially help to prevent tumour recurrence.

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Traditional acupuncture (TA) can reduce the frequency of hot flushes and night sweats (HF&NS), and improve physical and emotional well-being in women taking tamoxifen for breast cancer.

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Research into the cellular processes involved in prostate cancer suggests that an extract from the Chinese herb Lei Gong Teng (Radix Tripterygium wilfordii, Thunder God Vine) may be able to combat the disease.

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A multi-centre trial carried out in the UK has concluded that acupuncture can provide significant symptom relief for cancer patients with radiation-induced xerostomia.

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A study by UK researchers has found acupuncture to be effective at managing cancer-related fatigue (CRF).

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A study from the UK has found that breast tissue samples from women who underwent mastectomies for breast cancer contained traces of parabens (p-hydroxybenzoic acid), preservatives commonly used in deodorants, body lotions and other cosmetic products.

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Extracts from Chinese herbs are capable of reversing multi-drug resistance in cancer cells, which is currently a major obstacle to successful anti-cancer therapy.

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A case report from Taiwan warns that direct puncture of a metastatic lymph node by an acupuncture needle has led to cutaneous spread of the tumour.

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A sham-controlled feasibility trial has found that electro-acupuncture given concurrently with radiotherapy can significantly reduce xerostomia (dry mouth) symptoms and improved quality of life.

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An integrative medicine approach in the inpatient oncology setting can significantly decrease medication use, resulting in substantial cost savings for hospitals.

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The results of a small preliminary study carried out in the UK suggest that acupuncture may be of use in the management of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN).

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An exploratory study from the UK suggests that acupuncture and moxibustion can help improve quality of life for cancer survivors with lymphoedema.

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Acupuncture given concurrently with radiotherapy can significantly reduce xerostomia (dry mouth) and improve quality of life for patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma.

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Tai chi can help prevent weight gain and maintain lean body mass in breast cancer survivors by stabilising insulin levels, say American researchers.

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US authors have formulated an

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A small US pilot study has found that acupuncture may help reduce lymphoedema associated with breast cancer surgery.

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Patients with advanced incurable cancer appear to benefit from incorporating acupuncture in their treatment.

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A US pilot study suggests that tai chi may be able to help cancer patients with cognitive problems that can arise as a side effect of chemotherapy treatment.

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An Australian team has found that taking part in a qigong exercise programme has multiple health benefits for cancer patients.

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Triptolide, isolated from the Chinese herb Lei Gong Teng (Tripterygii wilfordii Radix) could be a source of potential new anticancer drugs.

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The cooking method used to prepare broccoli can make a significant difference to its cancer-fighting abilities.

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Chinese authors have reviewed the evidence for use of Chinese herbal medicines as adjunctive treatment during chemo- and radiotherapy for cancer.

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Traditional Chinese medicine may help maintain immune function in women undergoing chemotherapy for ovarian cancer, according to a UK study.

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A Swedish pilot study has tested a modified single subject experimental design for evaluating the use of acupuncture for emesis during radiotherapy.

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The Chinese herbal formula Huang Qin Tang (Scutellaria Decoction) reduces the intestinal side-effects of chemotherapy in cancer patients by stimulating gut cell division and reducing inflammation. The four-herb formula (consisting of Scutellariae

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Three recent pieces of research on the benefits of acupuncture to support conventional medicine in the treatment of cancer.

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Traditional acupuncture (TA) offers an effective non-pharmaceutical method of managing the hot flushes and night sweats (HF&NS) associated with taking tamoxifen for breast cancer, according to

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Baicalein is a flavonoid extracted from Huang Qin (Scutellariae Radix) and is found in a wide range of Chinese herbal medicines that have been used historically for their anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and anti-tumor action. Recent Chinese studies

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Acupuncture can produce meaningful improvement in hot flush frequency for men undergoing androgen ablation therapy (AAT) for prostate cancer. In an observational study carried out in the USA, 22 patients underwent electroacupuncture biweekly for four

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Acupuncture treatment produces measurable benefits in symptom reduction and quality of life (QOL) for patients with advanced ovarian and breast cancer, according to US researchers. In a pilot, single-armed prospective trial, 40 patients with advanced

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Acupuncture has the potential to benefit cancer patients who have had neck surgery, according to an American study. Fifty-eight patients with chronic pain or dysfunction attributed to neck dissection were randomly assigned to weekly acupuncture or us

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Acupuncture may help to relieve the joint pain and stiffness that are a common side-effect of the use of aromatase inhibitors (AI) that suppress oestrogen production in women with breast cancer. US researchers conducted a study of 43 postmenopausal w

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A review paper from Hong Kong traces the use of Huang Lian (Coptidis rhizoma) from traditional Chinese medicine (CM) to recent pharmacological studies of Huang Lian and its major component, berberine. The modern discovery of anti-cancer effects for H

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A phase II clinical study carried out in Korea has found that a herbal decoction containing Huang Qi (Astragali membranaceus radix) can improve appetite and body weight in patients with advanced cancer. Anorexia leads to significant weight loss and e

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A preliminary trial by an American team has found acupuncture to be a promising way of treating arthralgia in women receiving aromatase inhibitors (AIs) for breast cancer. Twelve patients were provided with electro-acupuncture (EA) twice a week fo

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A systematic review published by the Cochrane Collaboration, an international organisation that evaluates medical research, pooled results from nine studies into the use of acupuncture for post-chemotherapy vomiting. Overall, 22% of patients who rece

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Traditional Chinese herbal medicine (TCHM) does not reduce the toxic effects of chemotherapy on patients’ blood cell populations, however it does have a significant impact on control of nausea. One hundred and twenty patients with early-stage br

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Self-applied acupressure for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting has been found to compare favourably with placebo. A multicentre, longitudinal, randomised clinical trial enrolled 160 women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. Subjects wer

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Researchers have investigated whether acupuncture can reduce the need for antiemetic medication during chemotherapy in paediatric oncology. A multicentre crossover study carried out at five hospitals in Germany enrolled 23 children, mean age 13.6 yea

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Both electroacupuncture (EA) and traditional acupuncture (TA) can reduce the impact of hot flushes on men who have had castrational treatment for prostate cancer. Swedish researchers randomised 31 men with hot flushes due to prostate cancer treatm

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The role of auricular acupuncture (AA) in men receiving luteinising-hormone releasing hormone (LHRH) analogues for cancer of the prostate has been investigated by a research group in the UK. Vasomotor symptoms similar to those observed in postmenopau

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A pilot study suggests that ginseng can relieve fatigue and boost energy levels in people with cancer.

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A small American trial appears to show that acupuncture can benefit cancer-related fatigue.

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An American pilot study suggests that acupuncture may have a protective effect on white blood cell (WBC) populations in women undergoing chemotherapy for gynaecological malignancies.

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A Norwegian study has investigated the efficacy of acupuncture in women with breast cancer suffering from hot flushes as a result of anti-oestrogen medication (Tamoxifen).

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The role of auricular acupuncture (AA) in men receiving luteinising-hormone releasing hormone (LHRH) analogues for cancer of the prostate has been investigated by a research group in the UK.

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Both electroacupuncture (EA) and traditional acupuncture (TA) can reduce the impact of hot flushes on men who have had castrational treatment for prostate cancer.

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Swedish researchers have compared the effects of electro-acupuncture (EA) and hormone therapy (HT) on vasomotor symptoms in women with a history of breast cancer.

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A Brazilian case series suggests that acupuncture can help in the rehabilitation of women following breast cancer surgery.

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A small study carried out in South Korea has investigated the effects of acupuncture on objective and subjective assessment of symptom changes in patients with head and neck cancer who have with radiation-induced xerostomia (dry mouth due to lack of saliva).

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A randomised controlled pilot study has assessed the effects of acupuncture and acupressure in managing cancer-related fatigue.

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A small qualitative study carried out in the UK has found that a standardised auricular acupuncture protocol delivered in small group clinics is beneficial for women suffering from hot flushes caused by hormone treatment for breast cancer.

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Providing massage and acupuncture in addition to usual care results in decreased pain and depressive mood among postoperative cancer patients.

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Traditional Chinese herbal medicine (TCHM) does not reduce the toxic effects of chemotherapy on patients

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A study of nearly 1,500 breast cancer patients in Shanghai found that having taken ginseng regularly before their diagnosis resulted in a significantly reduced chance of dying from the cancer or other causes, and that taking it before and after diagnosis was associated with improved quality of life.

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A systematic review published by the Cochrane Collaboration, an international organisation that evaluates medical research, pooled results from nine studies into the use of acupuncture for post-chemotherapy vomiting.

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Hosni Mubarak ordered a global search for effective lung cancer treatments after his favourite actor died of the disease.

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Xerostomia(dry mouth) is a common sequela of radiation for head and neck cancer as well as a consequence of medications such as antihistamines, decongestants, antidepressants and diuretics.

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90 patients with cancer pain that was unrelieved by medication were randomly assigned to receive a. two courses of auricular acupuncture at points detected using a point detector, b. auricular acupuncture at points where there was no signal from the detector (placebo points), or c. auricular press seeds at placebo points.

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