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Patterns of use, knowledge and attitudes

Edited by Torkel Falkenberg

This section covers research reporting patterns of use, knowledge and attitudes regarding complementary and alternative therapies.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Skin diseases are a major health concern especially in association with human immune deficiency syndrome and acquired an immune deficiency. The aim of this study was to document the ethnomedicinal information ...

    Authors: Khafsa Malik, Mushtaq Ahmad, Muhammad Zafar, Riaz Ullah, Hafiz Majid Mahmood, Bushra Parveen, Neelam Rashid, Shazia Sultana, Syed Nasar Shah and Lubna

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:210

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    Self-directed learning is a student-centered approach based on the students’ evaluation about their own learning needs. Self-directed practice is a component of the self-directed learning which focus on achiev...

    Authors: Giandomenico D’Alessandro, Giacomo Consorti and Francesco Cerritelli

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:201

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    The rise in use of food supplements based on botanical ingredients (herbal supplements) is depicted as part of a trend empowering consumers to manage their day-to-day health needs, which presupposes access to ...

    Authors: Matthew Peacock, Mihaela Badea, Flavia Bruno, Lada Timotijevic, Martina Laccisaglia, Charo Hodgkins, Monique Raats and Bernadette Egan

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:196

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    Infertility is considered one of the global public health problems and during human history, it is also considered one of the unsolved problems of the continuous human race. This study aimed to collect and doc...

    Authors: Nidal Jaradat and Abdel Naser Zaid

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:194

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  5. Content type: Research article

    While yoga is increasingly used for health purposes, its safety has been questioned. The aim of this cross-sectional survey was to analyze yoga-associated adverse effects and their correlates.

    Authors: Holger Cramer, Daniela Quinker, Dania Schumann, Jon Wardle, Gustav Dobos and Romy Lauche

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:190

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Community-dwelling persons with dementia commonly use dietary supplements (DS), often without receiving help with the administration. Patient safety is a concern, as DS-drug interactions and adverse events are...

    Authors: Hilde Risvoll, Frauke Musial, Kjell H. Halvorsen, Trude Giverhaug and Marit Waaseth

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:179

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  7. Content type: Research article

    The use of essential oils is growing in the United States, but clinician attitudes, experience, and beliefs regarding their use have not previously been studied.

    Authors: Amy C. S. Pearson, Susanne M. Cutshall, W. Michael Hooten, Nancy J. Rodgers, Brent A. Bauer and Anjali Bhagra

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:174

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    Health supplement (HS) products that are available in the Emirate of Dubai (United Arab Emirates; UAE) contain chemicals that may adversely affect human health. This study aimed to investigate the prevalence o...

    Authors: Naseem Mohammed Abdulla, Faisal Aziz, Iain Blair, Michal Grivna, Balazs Adam and Tom Loney

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:172

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  9. Content type: Research article

    The use of herbal medicine (HM) has become an essential form of treatment and it is more and more common around the world. Little is known about the reasons that drive people to initially use HM or to maintain...

    Authors: Alexandra N. Welz, Agnes Emberger-Klein and Klaus Menrad

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:170

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Traditional medicine has always been Pakistan’s cultural heritage, providing health care to a large part of its population. Thus, we aimed to assess and compare the knowledge, attitude, and perception about co...

    Authors: Mariam Ashraf, Hamid Saeed, Zikria Saleem, Hassaan Anwer Rathore, Fawad Rasool, Eman Tahir, Tooba Bhatti, Javeria Khalid, Iqra Bhatti and Ayesha Tariq

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:95

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    Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a rather novel issue within public healthcare and health policy-making. CAM use in Europe is widespread, patient-initiated, and patient-evaluated, and the regula...

    Authors: Anita Salamonsen and Solveig Wiesener

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:93

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  12. Content type: Research article

    In 2011 there was a strengthening of European Union (EU) legislation on the licencing of herbal products which, in the UK, resulted in the introduction of the Traditional Herbal Registration (THR) scheme. This...

    Authors: R. Dickinson, M. C. Kennedy, D. K. Raynor, P. Knapp, M. Thomas and E. Adami

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:85

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    Integrative and complementary health approaches (ICHA) are often pursued by patients facing chronic illnesses. Most of the studies that investigated the factors associated with ICHA consumption have considered...

    Authors: Fabrice Berna, Anja S. Göritz, Amaury Mengin, Renaud Evrard, Jacques Kopferschmitt and Steffen Moritz

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:83

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Teaching Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in medical schools is becoming prevalent worldwide. Few studies have been conducted to evaluate medical students’ knowledge and attitude toward CAM. Theref...

    Authors: Ahmad M. Samara, Ethar R. Barabra, Hala N. Quzaih and Sa’ed H. Zyoud

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:78

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    Complementary Medicine (CM) continues to thrive across many countries. Closely related to the continuing popularity of CM has been an increased number of enrolments at CM education institutions across the publ...

    Authors: Alastair C. Gray, Amie Steel and Jon Adams

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:73

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  16. Content type: Research article

    The use of medications, including herbal medicines during breastfeeding is always a concern among women. Currently, there is no published evidence on whether Sierra Leonean women use herbal medicine during bre...

    Authors: Peter Bai James, Angela Isata Kaikai, Abdulai Jawo Bah, Amie Steel and Jon Wardle

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:66

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    Herbal medicine has become the panacea for many rural pregnant women in Ghana despite the modern western antenatal care which has developed in most parts of the country. To our knowledge, previous studies inve...

    Authors: Prince Peprah, Williams Agyemang-Duah, Francis Arthur-Holmes, Hayford Isaac Budu, Emmanuel Mawuli Abalo, Reforce Okwei and Julius Nyonyo

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:65

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Access to and advice on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) are uncommon within Swedish conventional cancer care and little is known about cancer patients’ own use of CAM. The aim of this cross-sectio...

    Authors: Kathrin Wode, Roger Henriksson, Lena Sharp, Anna Stoltenberg and Johanna Hök Nordberg

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:62

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Endometriosis has a significant negative impact on the lives of women, and current medical treatments often do not give sufficient pain relief or have intolerable side effects for many women. The majority of w...

    Authors: Mike Armour, Justin Sinclair, K. Jane Chalmers and Caroline A. Smith

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:17

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  20. Content type: Research article

    The use of alternative medicines and dietary supplements is constantly changing, as are dietary habits. One example of this phenomenon is the current popularity of ginger products as an everyday health boost. ...

    Authors: Tabia Volqvartz, Anna Louise Vestergaard, Sissel Kramer Aagaard, Mette Findal Andreasen, Iana Lesnikova, Niels Uldbjerg, Agnete Larsen and Pinar Bor

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:5

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Obese and overweight individuals have greater illness and disease burden, but previous findings from the 2002 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) suggest that they are no more likely to use complementary h...

    Authors: Dawn M. Upchurch, Linghui Liang and Fuschia M. Sirois

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:339

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Research on the health effects of probiotics continues to grow, but less is known about consumers’ perceptions of probiotic products and their health effects, and the impact of these perceptions on consumption...

    Authors: S. S. Andersen, K. F. Michaelsen, R. P. Laursen and L. Holm

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:336

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Herbal medicines in pregnancy are increasingly used worldwide with prevalence of up to 67%. Although this popularity is mainly because of the common belief that these medicines are safe, recent reports suggest...

    Authors: Mansoor Ahmed, Jung Hye Hwang, Mohammad Ashraful Hasan and Dongwoon Han

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:333

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Biologically-based complementary medicines (BB-CAM) including herbs and nutritional supplements are frequently taken by breast- and gynecological cancer patients undergoing systemic therapy. The aim of this st...

    Authors: Loisa Drozdoff, Evelyn Klein, Marion Kiechle and Daniela Paepke

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:259

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Non-pharmacological therapies and practices are commonly used for both health maintenance and management of chronic disease. Patterns and reasons for use of health practices may identify clinically meaningful ...

    Authors: Melvin T. Donaldson, Melissa A. Polusny, Rich F. MacLehose, Elizabeth S. Goldsmith, Emily M. Hagel Campbell, Lynsey R. Miron, Paul D. Thuras and Erin E. Krebs

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:246

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Alcohol is consumed almost worldwide and is the most widely used recreational drug in the world. Harmful use of alcohol is known to cause a large disease-, social- and economic burden on society. Only a few st...

    Authors: Kristina Sivertsen, Marko Lukic and Agnete E. Kristoffersen

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:239

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  27. Content type: Research article

    In Korea, there are two types of medical doctors: one practises conventional medicine (hereafter called a physician), and the other practises traditional medicine (hereafter called a Korean medical doctor). Th...

    Authors: Ju Ah Lee, Yui Sasaki, Ichiro Arai, Ho-Yeon Go, Sunju Park, Keiko Yukawa, Yun Kung Nam, Seong-Gyu Ko, Yoshiharu Motoo, Kiichiro Tsutani and Myeong Soo Lee

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:238

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  28. Content type: Research article

    The prevalence of complementary medicine use in pregnancy and lactation has been increasingly noted internationally. This systematic review aimed to determine the complementary medicine products (CMPs) used in...

    Authors: Larisa Ariadne Justine Barnes, Lesley Barclay, Kirsten McCaffery and Parisa Aslani

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:229

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  29. Content type: Research article

    In China, demands for disease prevention and health care and the prevalence of chronic non-communicable diseases have increased. TCM and general hospitals are increasingly utilizing TCM strategies for chronic ...

    Authors: Xiaoqing Fan, Fanli Meng, Dahui Wang, Qing Guo, Zhuoyu Ji, Lei Yang and Atsushi Ogihara

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:209

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:26

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    Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been used by Chinese patients and in many other countries worldwide. However, epidemiological reports and prescription patterns on children are few.

    Authors: Hwey-Fang Liang, Yao-Hsu Yang, Pau-Chung Chen, Hsing-Chun Kuo, Chia-Hao Chang, Ying-Hsiang Wang and Kuang-Ming Wu

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:191

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  31. Content type: Research article

    In contrast to the guidelines of World Health Organization (WHO) and United States-Centers for Disease Control and prevention (US-CDC), the Chinese national guidelines recommend the use of steroids, intravenou...

    Authors: Dangui Zhang, Jieling Chen and William Ba-Thein

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:190

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  32. Content type: Research article

    The use of herbal medicines during pregnancy is very high globally and previous studies have pointed out possible associations with adverse pregnancy outcomes. Nevertheless, the safety of herbal medicines in p...

    Authors: Collins Zamawe, Carina King, Hannah Maria Jennings and Edward Fottrell

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:166

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) are sometimes used by individuals who desire to improve the outcomes of their fertility treatment and/or mental health during fertility treatment. However, there i...

    Authors: Skye A. Miner, Stephanie Robins, Yu Jia Zhu, Kathelijne Keeren, Vivian Gu, Suzanne C. Read and Phyllis Zelkowitz

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:158

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Few studies have investigated the prevalence and characteristics of potentially inappropriate Kampo medication use among elderly ambulatory patients taking any prescribed Kampo medications.

    Authors: Junpei Komagamine and Kazuhiko Hagane

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:155

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  35. Content type: Research article

    The significant use of traditional and complementary medicine (T&CM) by cancer survivors is well documented. The aim of this study was to explore cancer survivors’ views on integrating T&CM services with conve...

    Authors: Jennifer Hunter, Jane Ussher, Chloe Parton, Andrew Kellett, Caroline Smith, Geoff Delaney and Eleanor Oyston

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:153

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  36. Content type: Research article

    There is limited research regarding patients’ profiles and consumer attitudes and habits of osteopathy in Spain. The purpose of this study was to profile patients who regularly receive osteopathic care in Spai...

    Authors: Gerard Alvarez Bustins, Pedro-Victor López Plaza and Sonia Roura Carvajal

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:129

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Traditional, complementary and alternative medicine (TCAM) is seen as a way to provide healthcare in both developed and developing countries across the world. In Cambodia, there is a long tradition of using TC...

    Authors: Hattie Pearson, Tyler Fleming, Pheak Chhoun, Sovannary Tuot, Carinne Brody and Siyan Yi

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:114

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Intentional use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has previously only been researched in small, possibly biased, samples. There seems to be a lack of scientific information regarding healthy indi...

    Authors: Agnete E. Kristoffersen, Trine Stub, Frauke Musial, Vinjar Fønnebø, Ola Lillenes and Arne Johan Norheim

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:109

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  39. Content type: Research article

    The use of herbal medicine, as one element of complementary and alternative medicine, is increasing worldwide. Little is known about the reasons for and factors associated with its use. This study derives insi...

    Authors: Alexandra N. Welz, Agnes Emberger-Klein and Klaus Menrad

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:92

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  40. Content type: Research article

    The aim of this study was to investigate autism spectrum disorder (ASD) clinical practice patterns of Korean medicine doctors (KMDs) through questionnaire survey.

    Authors: Jihong Lee, Sun Haeng Lee, Boram Lee, In Jun Yang and Gyu Tae Chang

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:90

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  41. Content type: Research article

    A significant proportion of cancer patients use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) along with conventional therapies (CT), whereas a smaller proportion delay or defer CT in favor of CAM. Previous stu...

    Authors: Khadega A. Abuelgasim, Yousef Alsharhan, Tariq Alenzi, Abdulaziz Alhazzani, Yosra Z. Ali and Abdul Rahman Jazieh

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:88

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) patients are increasingly using herbal remedies due to the fact that sticking to the therapeutic regimens is becoming awkward. However, studies towards herbal medicine use by di...

    Authors: Abebe Basazn Mekuria, Sewunet Admasu Belachew, Henok Getachew Tegegn, Dawit Simegnew Ali, Adeladlew Kassie Netere, Eskedar Lemlemu and Daniel Asfaw Erku

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:85

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  43. Content type: Research article

    The ready availability and use of dietary supplements (DS) by the public means that healthcare professionals require education in this area. In the Republic of Serbia, education related to use of DS is include...

    Authors: Z. Stanojević-Ristić, S. Stević, J. Rašić, D. Valjarević, M. Dejanović and A. Valjarević

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:527

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  44. Content type: Research article

    High prevalence of herbal medicines used in pregnancy and the lack of information on their safety is a public concern. Despite this, no significant research has been done regarding potential adverse effects of...

    Authors: Mansoor Ahmed, Jung Hye Hwang, Soojeung Choi and Dongwoon Han

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:489

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) substantially contributes to the burden of disease and health care provision in sub-Saharan Africa, where traditional healers play a major role in care, due to both their acc...

    Authors: Carolyn M. Audet, Sizzy Ngobeni and Ryan G. Wagner

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:434

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Many patients with gynecological disorders seek traditional medicine consultations in Asian countries. This study intended to investigate the utilization of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in patients with ...

    Authors: Yi-Rong Lin, Mei-Yao Wu, Jen-Huai Chiang, Hung-Rong Yen and Su-Tso Yang

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:427

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  47. Content type: Research article

    There is a paucity of literature describing traditional health practices and beliefs of African women. The purpose of this study was to undertake a systematic review of the use of traditional medicine (TM) to ...

    Authors: Zewdneh Shewamene, Tinashe Dune and Caroline A. Smith

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:382

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  48. Content type: Research article

    Natural products have many uses and purposes, including those linked to pharmaceutics and cosmetics. The aim of this study was to investigate the use of natural remedies for the treatment of hair and scalp dis...

    Authors: Abdel Naser Zaid, Nidal Amin Jaradat, Ahmad Mustafa Eid, Hamzeh Al Zabadi, Abdulsalam Alkaiyat and Saja Adam Darwish

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:355

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  49. Content type: Research article

    Sophisticated conventional medicine (CM) has brought significant advances to cancer prevention, detection, and treatment. However, many cancer patients still turn to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM...

    Authors: Mandreker Bahall

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:345

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    Despite a growing body of scientific literature exploring the nature of meditation there is limited information on the characteristics of individuals who use it. This is particularly true of comparative studie...

    Authors: Adam Burke, Chun Nok Lam, Barbara Stussman and Hui Yang

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:316

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