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Insurers continue to hike prices, abandon ACA markets

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People shopping for insurance through the Affordable Care Act in yet more regions will be facing higher prices and fewer choices next year as insurance companies lay out their early plans for 2018. More>>

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Older Americans want Medicare to pay for long-term care

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AP Poll: Growing number of Americans 40 and older think Medicare should cover the costs of long-term care for older adults. More>>

Science Says: What's known and not known about marijuana Video included

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A new study about using a marijuana ingredient to treat epilepsy joins a limited record of scientific knowledge about the harms and benefits of pot. More>>

Report: More Americans with Alzheimer's are dying at home

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Report: 1 in 4 Alzheimer's disease deaths are now occurring at home _ a startling increase that marks a shift away from hospitals and nursing homes. More>>

Zika hit Florida months before infections found, study says

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A new study suggests Zika began spreading in Florida mosquitoes about 3 months before infections were detected last summer. More>>

Marijuana extract helps some kids with epilepsy, study says Video included

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A medicine made from marijuana, without the stuff that gives a high, cut seizures in kids with a severe form of epilepsy in a study that strengthens the case for more research into pot's possible health benefits. More>>

23 million more uninsured with GOP health bill, analysts say

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Congressional Republicans are about to learn more about whether their drive to dismantle President Barack Obama's health care law has been worth the political pain they've been experiencing. More>>

AP FACT CHECK: Medicaid a target for cuts despite assurance

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AP FACT CHECK: Medicaid a target for cuts despite assurances from Trump budget chief. More>>

New nurse being credited with saving life of plane passenger

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A nurse who has only been on the job for nine months is credited with saving the life of a fellow airplane passenger in a medical emergency. More>>

Mentally ill languish in Texas jails despite funding hike

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Hundreds of mentally ill inmates are languishing for months in Texas jails because of a lack of space at the state's psychiatric hospitals. More>>

Health care is key issue as Montana fills US House seat

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Health care is a prominent issue in rural Montana as the state prepares to vote in a special election to fill its only seat in the US House. More>>

New WHO chief: Planned US funding cuts not a 'closed issue'

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The new head of the World Health Organization doesn't believe the Trump administration's calls to slash funding for international aid and U.N. agencies like his is a "closed issue.". More>>

Marijuana extract helps some kids with epilepsy, study says Video included

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A medicine made from marijuana, without the stuff that gives a high, cut seizures in kids with a severe form of epilepsy in a study that strengthens the case for more research into pot's possible health benefits. More>>

AP FACT CHECK: No Medicaid cuts in Trump budget? Really? Video included

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AP FACT CHECK: Trump budget chief misleads in insisting no cuts to Medicaid. More>>

Trump's budget means deep cuts for health care safety net Video included

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President Donald Trump's first full budget calls for deep cuts to popular health insurance programs that are part of the social safety net. Trump campaigned for president on a promise to improve health care. More>>

Science Says: Medications prevent opioid addiction relapse

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Remarks by a top U.S. health official have reignited a quarrel in the world of addiction and recovery. More>>

The Latest: Ethiopia's PM hails Tedros election as WHO chief

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The president of this year's World Health Assembly opened this afternoon's proceedings by calling for a minute of silence to remember the victims of the Manchester bombing attack. More>>

2 addiction counselors at halfway house die of drug overdose

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Authorities say two addiction counselors at a suburban Philadelphia halfway house have died of opioid overdoses inside the group home. More>>

FDA: Controller for heart pump recalled over deaths

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Recall issued for external controllers for implanted heart pump after 26 deaths. More>>

Vermont governor vetoes marijuana bill, wants changes made

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Vermont Gov. Phil Scott says he won't sign a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state and is instead sending it back to the legislature with suggestions for another path forward. More>>

$400 billion price tag for California single-payer bill

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State experts say a California bill that would provide government-funded health coverage for everyone in the state would cost $400 billion and require significant tax increases. More>>

Uncertainty grows as Trump delays a health care decision

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Uncertainty over the future of health care for millions next year is growing deeper. More>>

The Latest: US 'disappointed' Taiwan not at WHO assembly

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Dr. Margaret Chan has given her last address as director-general of the World Health Organization at its annual gathering of member states in Geneva. More>>

Ethiopia's Tedros to be next leader of UN health agency

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Health ministers, diplomats and other high-level envoys are set to choose the next director-general of the World Health Organization among three finalists. More>>

Diagnostic equipment thieves hit 3 more hospitals in Greece

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Unidentified thieves are stealing vital medical diagnostic equipment from Greece's austerity-battered hospitals. More>>

Taiwanese minister: China is playing politics with health

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Taiwan's health minister has accused China of playing politics with health after Taiwan was blocked from taking part in the annual meeting of the governing body of the World Health Organization. More>>

Botulism outbreak tied to nacho cheese kills 1, sickens 9

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California authorities say one man is dead in an apparent botulism outbreak stemming from nacho-cheese dip sold at a gas station. More>>

Research shows aggressive treatment of sepsis can save lives

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Research shows aggressive treatment of sepsis can make a difference when patients suffer from out-of-control reaction to infection. More>>

Senate Republicans quietly working on health overhaul bill

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In closed-door meetings, Senate Republicans are trying to write legislation dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law. More>>

Man dies after being sickened in apparent botulism outbreak

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California authorities say one man is dead in an apparent botulism outbreak stemming from nacho-cheese dip sold at a gas station. More>>

French AIDS drama earns best reviews yet at Cannes Film fest

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The French AIDS drama "120 Beats Per Minute" has debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and has quickly joined the shortlist of favorites for the festival's coveted Palme d'Or prize. More>>

3 vie for top WHO post in UN health agency election

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A British physician, an Ethiopian former health minister and a Pakistani expert on non-communicable diseases are the three finalists vying for the top job at the World Health Organization in its first-ever election on Tuesday. More>>

Italy makes 12 vaccines mandatory for school-age children

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The Italian government has made 12 vaccines mandatory for children attending schools up to age 16 in an effort to combat what it characterized as misinformation. More>>

'Natural Foods Cookbook' author Beatrice Trum Hunter dies

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Beatrice Trum Hunter, who wrote "The Natural Foods Cookbook" in 1961, long before organic foods became a staple at supermarkets, has died at age 98. More>>

Number of suspected Ebola cases in Congo now up to 29

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Number of suspected Ebola cases in Congo now up to 29; includes 2 lab-confirmed deaths. More>>

Pope embraces Huntington's afflicted in bid to end stigma

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Pope Francis is trying to remove the stigma of people afflicted with Huntington's Disease, an incurable genetic brain disorder that causes such serious involuntary movements and psychiatric problems that sufferers are often shunned and isolated. More>>

AP Exclusive: Strapped UN health agency spends big on travel

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Internal documents obtained by The Associated Press show that the World Health Organization routinely spends about $200 million a year on travel. More>>

Canada tests lower age for pot legalization

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The most controversial thing about Canada's move to legalize marijuana nationwide may be setting the allowed age for use at 18. That's three years lower than in U.S. states that have embraced legalization. More>>

Study finds that speeding up sepsis care can save lives

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Minutes matter when it comes to treating sepsis, the killer condition that most Americans have probably never heard of _ and new research shows it's time they learn. More>>

School: Student dies as a result of the 'choking game'

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A New Jersey school superintendent says a student has died as the result of the choking game. More>>

Vaccine may cut HPV infections, an oral cancer risk, in men

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New study finds the HPV vaccine that helps prevent cervical cancer in women also might lower the risk in young men of oral infections that can cause mouth and throat cancers. More>>

Few doctors discuss cancer costs with patients, study finds

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A study that taped visits between doctors and cancer patients finds that most doctors did not discuss the cost of care and spent less than two minutes on it when they did. More>>

'Fat and frail' seniors benefit from right exercise combo

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A new study suggests a combination of exercises is the safest approach for older people trying to lose pounds. More>>

Verdict slip in meningitis outbreak trial creates confusion

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The verdict in the Massachusetts trial of a compounding pharmacy executive charged in a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak seemed clear in court but is now being questioned by some legal experts. More>>

5 people hospitalized after eating gas station nacho cheese

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California officials say five people were hospitalized after eating nacho cheese from a Sacramento gas station. More>>

Andretti fights cancer and his message is on full display

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John Andretti is in the fight of his life battling colon cancer. More>>

WHO: 400 contacts being traced in Congo's Ebola outbreak

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More than 400 contacts being traced in Congo's latest Ebola outbreak, health officials say. More>>

Correction: US Births & Deaths story

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For the first time, US women in their early 30s have eclipsed younger moms to become the group with the highest birth rate. More>>

Medicaid recipients say they need health care to work

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Medicaid recipients are pushing back against Maine's proposal to create the nation's toughest requirements for the health care program that states run. More>>

Tests for lead poisoning may be faulty, US regulators warn

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Federal health agencies are warning that some tests of lead levels in the blood produce inaccurate results, so children under six years and pregnant and nursing women may need to be retested. More>>

Another round of premium hikes: blame Trump or Obama?

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Another year of big premium increases and dwindling choice is looking like a distinct possibility for many consumers who buy their own health insurance _ but why, and who's to blame?. More>>

22 percent of Flint excavations have led to copper pipes

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City records show that about 22 percent of excavations tied to Flint's lead-tainted water crisis have led to copper pipes that do not pose a threat of leaching lead. More>>

Nicholas Sand, creator of famous Orange Sunshine LSD, dies

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Swiss scientist Albert Hofmann may have invented LSD in the 1930s, and Timothy Leary was clearly its most prominent frontman in the 1960s. But Nicholas Sand was the chemist who created the most famous version. More>>

Study: Taking abortion pill at home as safe as in a clinic

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A new study show medical abortions done at home with online help and pills sent in the mail appear to be just as safe as those done at a clinic. More>>

Progress reducing US uninsured rate comes to a halt

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A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says progress in reducing the number of uninsured Americans stalled last year. More>>

2nd Ebola case confirmed among 20 suspected in Congo: WHO

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2nd Ebola case confirmed among 20 suspected in Congo, World Health Organization says. More>>

Cairo airport takes steps to stop cholera spread from Yemen

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Cairo airport introduces emergency measures to prevent spread of cholera outbreak in Yemen by incoming flights. More>>

Leonard Marshall, Matt Hasselbeck pledge brains to research

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Leonard Marshall and Matt Hasselbeck have pledged their brains to CTE research. More>>

AP Explains: How lawmakers get their health care

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Members of Congress looking to rewrite former President Barack Obama's health care law have a unique perspective, since many of them are signed up for the health care it created. More>>

Missouri targets doctor dearth, expands first-in-nation law

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Numerous doctors from around the U.S. could become eligible to treat patients in Missouri's underserved areas as a result of newly approved legislation. More>>

An alert researcher, teamwork helped stem huge cyberattack

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An alert researcher, a cheap domain name, cross-ocean cooperation helped stem effects of cyberattack. More>>

Nicholas Sand, creator of famous Orange Sunshine LSD, dies

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Swiss scientist Albert Hofmann may have invented LSD in the 1930s, and Timothy Leary was clearly its most prominent frontman in the 1960s. But Nicholas Sand was the chemist who created the most famous version. More>>

The Latest: 29,000 Chinese institutions hit by cyberattack

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Chinese media are reporting that the global "ransomware" virus attacked many university networks in China. More>>

Frozen burritos recalled for possible listeria contamination

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More than 252,000 pounds of frozen burritos are being recalled because of possible listeria contamination. More>>

Congo announces 9 suspected Ebola cases, including 3 deaths

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Congo reports a single confirmed case of Ebola, World Health Organization says. More>>

Gov't report: Progress reducing US uninsured stalled in 2016

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A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says progress reducing the number of uninsured Americans stalled last year. More>>

Arizona police: Woman switched flour for formula

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A Tucson woman is accused of substituting flour for infant formula in containers returned to several local stores for refunds and police have warned the public to check formula containers' seals for tampering. More>>

Michelle Obama criticizes Trump school lunch decision

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Former first lady Michelle Obama is criticizing a Trump administration decision to delay federal rules aimed at making school lunches healthier. More>>

Correction: Global Cyberattack story

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Britain's National Cyber Security Center says teams are working "round the clock" to restore hospital computer systems after a global cyberattack that hit dozens of countries forced British hospitals to cancel and delay treatment for patients. More>>

More price hikes likely for government insurance markets

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Early moves by insurers suggest that another round of price hikes and limited choices will greet insurance shoppers around the country when they start searching for next year's coverage on the public markets established by the Affordable Care Act. More>>

Heroin epidemic pushing up hepatitis C infections in US

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Health officials say the heroin epidemic drove a tripling in reported hepatitis C infections. More>>

Dozens of countries hit by huge cyberextortion attack

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A large cyberattack had crippled computer systems at hospitals across England, with appointments canceled, phone lines down and patients turned away. More>>

The Latest: FedEx confirms it hit by malware attack

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Britain's National Health Service says hospitals across the country have been hit by a "ransomware" cyberattack but there is no evidence that patient data has been accessed. More>>

GOP lawmaker cautions health care bill is Obamacare 'tweak'

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House Republican lawmaker who has called for repeal of health care law cautions that GOP bill is 'a tweak of Obamacare'. More>>

World cyberattack cripples UK hospitals, demands ransoms

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Several British hospitals say they are having major computer problems as the result of an apparent cyberattack. More>>

Aetna drops last 2 state markets under Affordable Care Act

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While Republicans rewrite the Affordable Care Act in Washington, the more immediate future of the law is growing hazy now that the nation's third-largest health insurer says it will completely leave state-based insurance exchanges. More>>

Elderly man kills self; said he killed wife with Alzheimer's

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Authorities in Florida say a 75-year-old man fatally shot himself while deputies were visiting his house to conduct a welfare check on his wife, who the husband said in a note he had killed. More>>

2 new initiatives for US veterans' care coming to Colorado

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Two civilian initiatives are coming to Colorado to help veterans and their families with traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress and other problems. More>>

Environment group planning new Dutch clean air legal action

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A Dutch environmental organization is taking the government to court in an attempt to force it to take measures to combat air pollution. More>>

Trump delaying decision on Paris climate deal

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Top White House advisers have postponed a meeting to discuss whether the United States should withdraw from the landmark international climate deal struck in Paris. More>>

Portland, Oregon, to vote on tax hike to fix lead in schools

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Voters in Portland, Oregon, are poised to vote on the largest school bond in state history after a scandal last year over high levels of lead in the drinking water at almost every school. More>>

Pupils wouldn't need doctor's note for sunscreen under bill

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Rhode Island lawmakers are debating a proposal that would allow students to bring sunscreen into schools without a doctor's note. More>>

Brazil declares end to Zika emergency after fall in cases

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Brazil has declared an end to its public health emergency for the Zika virus after a fall in cases. More>>

Trump administration hollows out EPA science integrity board

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The Trump administration will not reappoint half an important board of outside experts who advise the Environmental Protection Agency on the integrity of its science. More>>

Senate conservatives: Ease Obama health care law protections

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Conservative senators are pushing to diminish insurance coverage requirements imposed by President Barack Obama's health care law. More>>

Governor: It's unfair that Narcan is free but EpiPens aren't

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Maine's Republican governor says people on opiates who get free shots of Narcan have an advantage over people with allergies who have to pay for their own medication. More>>

Health care fight shifts to Senate, where GOP wants a reboot

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The Republican Party will be rewarded for doing "what's right" in voting to overhaul a "failing and collapsing" health care system, a top aide to President Donald Trump says. More>>

Los Angeles company recalls deer-antler tea after 2 get sick

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The California Department of Public Health says a Los Angeles company is recalling tea made from deer antler after two people who drank it got sick. More>>

Tunnel collapse renews safety concerns about nuclear sites Video included

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A portion of an underground tunnel containing rail cars that are filled with radioactive waste collapsed at a sprawling storage facility in a remote area of Washington state. More>>

Study: Side effects emerge after approval for many US drugs

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Almost one-third of new U.S. prescription drugs later get safety warnings about unexpected and sometimes serious side effects. More>>

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