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5 ways to create – and celebrate – family traditions

(BPT) - While modern mobility may mean that distance keeps members of a family apart, more — and younger — members of many families across the country are finding significance in their heritage, and making it come alive in their own ways. Special family and cultural traditions can strengthen family bonds, provide a sense of belonging and connect the present day to a richer history. Whether tied to holidays or unique meaningful moments, gathering in together helps a family have fun and create new memories.

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Wednesday 03/20/2019
5 top tips for low-maintenance landscaping
Posted: March 20, 2019

(BPT) - A lush lawn and garden boosts your home’s curb appeal, but it also takes a lot of your free time. You want to spend that time enjoying the space, not taking care of it. The solution? A few low-maintenance strategies to keep your yard looking great while maximizing your relaxation time.

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Tuesday 03/19/2019
How to add a bathroom in an ‘impossible’ space
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - When it comes to real estate, kitchens and bathrooms typically sell houses. While you may not have enough money for a kitchen remodel, adding a bathroom can be a more affordable way to enhance your property and catch buyers' attention.

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Patient finds treatment and hope after pulmonary fibrosis diagnosis
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - Most people have never heard of pulmonary fibrosis (PF), a progressive, debilitating lung disease affecting more than 200,000 people in the United States. Because it is relatively unknown, patients can go months or even years without the correct diagnosis. Gary Cunningham was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), one of the common types of PF, faster than most because he was all too familiar with the disease.

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8 ways to refresh your kitchen without a major renovation
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home. From cooking and eating to spending time with your family, most kitchens are well lived in and loved. But when it comes time for an upgrade, the kitchen is also one of the most expensive rooms to remodel.

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4 tax tips for online filers in 2019
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - As time continues to tick, millions of tax filers are beginning to feel the pressure to file a tax return. But big questions still remain, and for those filing online, those questions are compounded by the myriad options for submitting a return.

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Monday 03/18/2019
This Brain Awareness Week – It’s time to 'brain better'!
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:43 am

(BPT) - From diet and exercise to making time for self-care and relaxation, you might be taking steps to make your health a priority. But when it comes to overall wellness, don’t forget about your brain!

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Transform your bathroom into a wellness retreat for body and mind
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:43 am

(BPT) - When you think of your bathroom, what comes to mind? A place you're in and out of quickly while getting ready for the day or winding down for the night? Your bathroom can be more than just a utilitarian space.

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Friday 03/15/2019
4 easy tips for winter nutrition
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - When the temperature is dropping outside, most people want to cozy up inside with their favorite winter comfort foods. Stopping by your favorite restaurant on your way home from work is all too easy, but months of eating heavy, satisfying dishes isn’t good for your health.

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Falls and fractures: Facts and tips that may limit falls
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:43 am

(BPT) - As we age, we begin to learn — sometimes firsthand — how devastating a fall can be. It isn’t quite as easy as it once was to hop back up and continue on our way.

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Thursday 03/14/2019
CBD-related products are changing the beauty industry
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - Short for cannabidiol, CBD is grabbing headlines every day. Long known to be a beneficial ingredient for health and wellness, now it’s coming to the beauty industry.

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4 tips to stay healthy and help prevent falls as you age
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - As you age, your risk of falling increases. According to the CDC, one out of four people over the age of 65 falls each year and falling once doubles your chances of falling again. While many conditions can put you at risk for a fall, there are simple steps you can take to boost your overall health to try to decrease the likelihood of falling.

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Top Three Kitchen Advancements for Today's Technicurean Home Chefs
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:43 am

(BPT) - Today’s home chefs are smart and sophisticated. They want the latest tools to simplify their lives and make their culinary dreams a reality. This year's Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, North America’s premier industry event, highlighted the top kitchen design innovations, including smart technology that helps the modern home chef achieve professional-level results in their own kitchen. Other top themes included sustainability and ways integrated technology can improve food and drink preservation, plus overall wellness.

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Wednesday 03/13/2019
3 ways to empower women in your community and worldwide
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - Female entrepreneurs make up approximately 1/3 of all entrepreneurs worldwide, and it's always a great time to highlight, support and applaud women in business, in your community and across the globe.

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What kind of potato chip are you?
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:43 am

(BPT) - Did you know that Thursday, March 14, is National Potato Chip Day? For years, potato chips have been America’s go-to favorite snack and Lay’s, the classic potato chip brand from Frito Lay, is giving you a few great ways to celebrate the holiday!

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5 smart ideas to refresh your deck
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:41 am

(BPT) - As seasons turn, your focus begins to shift to the outdoors. Your deck or patio becomes your new living room — an ideal setting for memorable moments with friends and family. If you look at these spaces and long for a refresh, the time to start planning is now. You have options, and many you can do yourself with minimal effort.

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Tuesday 03/12/2019
5 ways to customize a bathroom space
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:43 am

(BPT) - Bathrooms are one of the most frequented rooms in a home. It's where you start and end your day, and can be a room to relax and recharge in. This special space should reflect your personality and unique preferences. If you don't feel it adequately does, there are a few simple ways to refresh this room so it feels one of a kind.

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Sneaky ways to get your kids eating healthier
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:43 am

(BPT) - Every parent knows it can be a challenge to get kids to eat healthy foods. Serving piles of vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins might be our goal, but it might not guarantee that children will actually eat them.

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Life happens: Tax tips for the busiest Americans
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:43 am

(BPT) - As tax season pushes on, millions of Americans have yet to file their taxes. While reasons for waiting to do so range from a fear of owing money, to not having the proper paperwork, take solace in the fact that if you still haven’t filed your taxes, you’re not alone.

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Monday 03/11/2019
8 things to tell your physician anesthesiologist before surgery
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - There is no such thing as TMI (too much information) when it comes to communicating facts about your health with your physician anesthesiologist before surgery or a medical procedure. You might not think taking ginkgo biloba for memory, using medical marijuana for pain, smoking or snoring are relevant, but these supplements, drugs and conditions are among the eight things you should disclose for your own safety.

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Sunday 03/10/2019
6 features luxury home buyers desire
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:43 am

(BPT) - Modern trends in luxury homes are not just about location, size or specific decor, but reflecting the sophistication of their buyers. Buyers in today’s luxury home market desire innovative features that enhance their quality of life, provide extra touches of relaxation and use smart technology to increase safety and security.

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Friday 03/08/2019
3 tips to help your adult children establish strong credit
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:41 am

(BPT) - Today's millennials and Generation Z face starkly different financial realities than their parents did at their age. As a parent of a young adult, how can you help your children understand their financial options to build a foundation for their futures? The first step may be to appreciate where they’re coming from and how their attitudes may differ from yours. Your assumptions about finances based on your experience at their age may no longer hold true. Once you understand your millennial children's situation, you may better be equipped to help them make sound financial decisions.

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Thursday 03/07/2019
Survey: Parents have misconceptions about opioids and kids’ pain relief
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - News of opioid abuse, overdoses and reports that 90 percent of addictions start in the teen years could make any parent worry. Yet parents remain conflicted about opioids: While more than half express concern their child may be at risk for opioid addiction, nearly two-thirds believe opioids are more effective at managing their child’s pain after surgery or a broken bone than non-prescription medication or other alternatives.

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A surprising reason you or your kids may be tired all the time
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - Do you struggle to stay awake during the day? Is your child falling asleep in school? Does your teenager seem to be napping more than normal? If so, it may be due to excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS).

EDS means that you get overcome by an irresistible need to sleep during the day, and you can feel tired all the time. It’s the essential symptom of narcolepsy, and EDS is usually the first symptom that people notice.

Narcolepsy is not as uncommon as you might think. About 1 in 2,000 people in the U.S. is estimated to have narcolepsy. Often thought of as an adult sleep disorder, symptoms of narcolepsy most commonly start in childhood or adolescence. In fact, more than 50 percent of people with narcolepsy say their symptoms started before they turned 18. Misdiagnosis is common, and it can take as long as 10 or more years to get an accurate diagnosis after the onset of symptoms.

According to Dr. Raj Dasgupta, pulmonary and sleep specialist at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, “Delays in diagnosis can impact the lives of children and adults alike. That’s why it’s so important to be aware of the symptoms of narcolepsy and how they can look and feel differently in adults and children.”

There are five major symptoms of narcolepsy. You don’t need to have them all to have narcolepsy.

1. Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) is an irresistible need to sleep during the day. EDS has been described by some as feeling fatigued or irritable, having difficulty concentrating, or having poor memory or mood changes. In children, EDS may appear as hyperactivity, problems paying attention, variable emotions, aggression or behavioral changes, which can lead to a misdiagnosis of ADHD or other psychiatric disorders.

2. Cataplexy is a sudden, brief weakening of muscles triggered by strong emotions such as laughter that can range from small muscle twitches to full body collapse. Cataplexy in children is sometimes mistaken for other conditions that can have a sudden, uncontrollable and unpredictable effect on the body such as epilepsy.

3. Hypnagogic/Hypnopompic hallucinations are vivid dreamlike experiences that seem real and are often frightening. They are called hypnagogic hallucinations if they occur while falling asleep and hypnopompic hallucinations if they occur while waking up.

4. Sleep paralysis is the inability to move or speak for a short time when you’re falling asleep or waking up. This can be a frightening or disturbing experience. Sleep paralysis can be hard to confirm in pediatric patients, as they may have difficulty describing it.

5. Disrupted nighttime sleep associated with narcolepsy means you often fall asleep quickly but wake up frequently throughout the night. You may report poor-quality sleep. Disturbed sleep can affect adults' and children’s attention, memory and ability to think and reason normally. Sleep problems are also a cause of distress for parents and may be one of the primary reasons for caregiver stress in families with children who have chronic illnesses.

“My daughter Caroline started experiencing symptoms of narcolepsy in the eighth grade,” said Carol Arnette of Williamsburg, Virginia. “She was exhausted, depressed, and began to isolate herself from her friends and family. We thought it was normal teenage behavior, but her symptoms progressively worsened. We took Caroline to a sleep specialist and after participating in a sleep study, she was diagnosed with narcolepsy. Since her diagnosis her life has changed. She no longer experiences the shame or guilt about feeling sleepy all the time.”

If you or your child may be experiencing symptoms of narcolepsy, it may be time to talk to a doctor. Visit www.MoreThanTired.com to take the Narcolepsy Symptom Screener and to find a sleep specialist near you.

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Real estate financing: The 3 main factors lenders consider
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:41 am

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Tuesday 03/05/2019
Customized communications are the future for HOAs
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:41 am

(BPT) - Without thoughtful communication, relationships between board members, residents and property managers of community associations — aka, HOAs — can go from smooth to contentious in a hurry. From single-family communities to high-rise condos, everyone has their own ideas about what’s best for the neighborhood. But despite what most headlines will have you believe, the reality is that homeowner satisfaction in managed communities is reported to be at an all-time high, and embracing the right communication style to connect with their community is a key reason why.

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Get in touch with your senses for a better night’s sleep
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - In a world where everyone is constantly on-the-go, getting a good night’s sleep can be a daunting challenge. If you’re having trouble sleeping, remedy the situation by using your own senses right in your bedroom! Here are three easy and effective tips for using your senses to help contribute to a better night’s sleep and, in turn, bolster your overall well-being:

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How to get promoted: 3 secret skills for success
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:43 am

(BPT) - Regardless of your career path, getting a promotion is often a professional goal. Being recognized and landing a promotion can provide a variety of perks such as more money, increased influence and more control over your daily routine.

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Monday 03/04/2019
An expert ninja explains how to train for an obstacle-style event
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:43 am

(BPT) - With popular obstacle- and ninja-style shows taking over TV, you might be curious what it takes to become a part of the competition. A desire is the first step, and one expert ninja says this can springboard you quickly to the next level.

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An easy spring guide to a green, weed-free lawn
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:43 am

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Stunning new styles in flowers and plants for your garden
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - Today’s plant lovers want more than the traditional flowers to enhance their home. Rather, people want to enjoy the experience of getting in touch with nature, while also looking for unique flowers and plants to add a more creative, personal touch of color and inspiration to their yards. This year, gardens will be more visually interesting, environmentally friendly and demonstrate the love and care provided by the families who tend them.

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Sunday 03/03/2019
5 quick home fixes to rest easy
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - Ongoing, routine upkeep is important to ensure the house stays running. While it may seem easier to put off tasks for a later date, checking off some smaller chores now can help avoid incidents or costly repairs later.

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Friday 03/01/2019
Sensory Loss Can Bring Increased Risk of Isolation, Depression
Posted: March 01, 2019

(NewsUSA) - According to a study by The University of Chicago, nearly 94 percent of older adults in the United States are living with at least one diminished sense. While many seniors experience hearing or vision loss, senses such as taste, touch and smell can also be affected.

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Rural Population GI Health: The General Surgeon’s Role
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - Having access to adequate healthcare services is a critical factor in maintaining one’s health, but for the more than 60 million Americans living in rural areas of the country, medical resources are often limited. This means that general doctors, most often surgeons, are required to wear many hats and be experts across different branches of medical specialties.

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Thursday 02/28/2019
The challenge of change: A young man’s unexpected journey with kidney disease
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:43 am

(BPT) - At age 20, Tommy Shafer’s kidneys failed, and he was diagnosed with end stage renal disease (ESRD). He needed dialysis immediately to sustain life. The news shook him to his core. His thoughts immediately traveled back in time to the moment when he first learned kidney disease might change his life forever.

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Want to buy a home? Do the math
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:41 am

(BPT) - It is a common misconception that a 20 percent down payment is required to buy a home. Advice to wait and save a large down payment is often based on the theory that the cost of mortgage insurance (MI), which is required when you buy with a smaller down payment, should be avoided. This may not be the best advice and is, in fact, not in line with market trends, considering the median down payment for first-time homebuyers is 7 percent, according to the National Association of Realtors.

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6 tips for making the most of your Medicare plan
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:43 am

(BPT) - If you consider yourself a savvy consumer who likes to make sure you’re getting the most value for your money, have you stopped to consider whether you’re applying those same prudent practices to your Medicare benefits?

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Comedian and TV host shares 5 easy tips for a healthier lifestyle
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - Falling off the healthy lifestyle bandwagon can be tough to overcome, but taking a small step with one healthy habit can lead to long-term routines. Comedian and co-host of "The Talk" Sheryl Underwood doesn’t have time to feel sluggish and weighed down, so she is sharing five easy ways to live a healthier life.

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Retaining walls to the rescue
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:43 am

(BPT) - Segmental retaining wall (SRW) units are one of the most versatile landscaping tools in the homeowner’s and professional landscaper’s toolbox. Retaining wall units have evolved from just being used to retain soil, transition slopes and prevent erosion. Today’s SRWs can do all that plus serve as multipurpose building blocks for a variety of outdoor-living features, including stairs, columns, freestanding walls, tiered walls, curved walls, seating and more.

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Wednesday 02/27/2019
6 nutrition trends and fads explained
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:43 am

(BPT) - The expanded variety of health and wellness options available today can be confusing for consumers who are trying to learn all they can to make the most informed, healthy choices for themselves and their families.

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5 tips for the healthiest hair
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:43 am

(BPT) - The changing seasons, environmental factors, overuse of harmful products and ingrained grooming habits can actually be damaging the health of your hair. Getting the strong, shiny hair you want is as easy as following a few simple tips for the health of your hair and scalp.

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Tuesday 02/26/2019
New blood test for heart attacks helps to shorten ER wait times
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:43 am

(BPT) - Waiting in an emergency room frustrates patients across the country. Billboards are even popping up on local highways advertising the wait time and a promise for faster care. Chest pain is estimated to cause more than eight million visits annually to overcrowded emergency departments, but a small fraction of patients actually are experiencing heart attacks.

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Top 2019 outdoor living trends
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:43 am

(BPT) - With busy schedules and on-the-go lifestyles, outdoor living spaces offer a chance to decompress, enjoy nature and connect with friends and family. Thanks to the impressive design and quality of today’s outdoor products, these spaces often rival the convenience, comfort and design of the indoors.

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5 steps to ensure your beard gets its due
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - Men with worship-worthy whiskers know the best beards aren’t born — they’re made. It takes patience and care to get that nod of respect as you pass other bearded brethren on the street. If this isn’t happening, however, don’t chalk it up to your genetics. With a little knowledge, the right tools and quality products, you too can achieve next-level facial hair.

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Monday 02/25/2019
Your Medicare Annual Wellness Visit: Preventive care, health planning at no extra cost
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:41 am

(BPT) - Once you become eligible for Medicare, you’ll likely start hearing about something called an Annual Wellness Visit.

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5 things to know about college financial aid award letters
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:43 am

(BPT) - High school students across the country will soon be eagerly awaiting financial aid award letters from colleges. For many aspiring college students and their parents, this is when things can start to get complicated.

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Wednesday 02/20/2019
Trend Watch: 2019 outdoor living and design trends for every homeowner
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - Outdoor living continues to grow in 2019 as homeowners dream of adding spaces that provide tranquility, connection and touches of nature. More than just a home enhancement, these spaces are meant to inspire people to set digital devices aside and find moments of calm while making memories with friends and family.

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Tuesday 02/19/2019
How to throw a red-carpet awards party to remember at home
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:43 am

(BPT) - The red carpet, the gold statues and the glamour of Hollywood make awards night a beloved experience for people across the country. Sharing in the movie magic with friends and family can make the excitement that much more fun, so on Feb. 24, consider hosting a red carpet viewing party at home.

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5 tips for better health care – and lower costs
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - For many people, the beginning of the year is a customary time to assess their health and finances. And for most Americans, new health plan benefits have kicked in. Do you know how your health plan works? If not, now is an ideal time to learn how to make it work for you.

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Monday 02/18/2019
Top 10 value-enhancing home improvement projects for older homes
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - Do you own an older home, and are you looking to make upgrades that matter? Strategic enhancements not only increase a property's resale value, but also its functionality.

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