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  AUGUST 03, 2012

ASPH News of Note
New Recommended Elements of an Undergraduate Major in Public Health

ElementsTo assist in defining the structure of and content for undergraduate public health education, an Association of Schools of Public Health-led expert panel, chaired by Dean Randy Wykoff of East Tennessee State University College of Public Health, has provided a set of critical component elements for bachelor's degrees in public health. To see these new recommended elements, click here.  

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PERRC Webinar on Decision Making: September 13
WebcastASPH will host a free webinar titled, "The Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP): A New Tool for Complex-Decision-Making by Public Health Officials in All-Hazards Preparedness and Response," on September 13 from 1–2 p.m. Eastern. The webinar will focus on describing the Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) method, the software needed to apply it, and the applications that demonstrate how it can be used in research and practice. Dr. Ferenc Dalnoki-Veress of the CalPrepare Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center (PERRC) and scientist-in-residence and adjunct professor at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), Monterey Institute of International Studies will be the featured speaker.
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2013 Public Health Preparedness Summit Seeking Abstracts: Deadline August 31

The 2013 Public Health Preparedness Summit Planning Committee is seeking abstracts for presentation at the nation's largest gathering of public health preparedness professionals. The Public Health Preparedness Summit offers an opportunity to showcase the best practice training models, tools, or other important resources that illustrate proven results in building and sustaining public health preparedness at the local, state, tribal, or national level.

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Visit Schools of Public Health at APHA Annual Meeting: Register by October 26
Visit Day

ASPH invites all prospective students to participate in the fifth annual "Schools of Public Health Visit Day" (Visit Day) on Wednesday, October 31. This event allows interested students to meet admissions staff from the CEPH-accredited Schools of Public Health at one convenient location during the American Public Health Association’s 140th Annual Meeting and Exposition at the Moscone Convention Center West in San Francisco, CA. Several interactive events, such as panel sessions and learning opportunities, are planned for this event.

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This is Public Health
UNC Tests for Contaminants in Household Water


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Public Health in the Media
The Gold Medal for Most Germs?

As the world has tuned into the Olympics over the past week, the focus has been on the incredible  athletes as they perform to the absolute best of their physical ability. The events seem to be the paragon of health, but those in the public health world know that occasions like the Olympics pose series health threats. Mass gatherings like the Olympics bring together large groups of people from all parts of the world, and London public health officials have turned their focus to prevention and surveillance to make sure no major outbreaks occur.

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Public Health Research and Reports
UNC Finds Key Biomarker Has New Role in Head and Neck Cancer

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health have proposed a new interpretation of an old biomarker which, if validated, fundamentally could transform the management of head and neck cancer.

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Washington Finds Weight Loss Benefits in Keeping a Food Diary

Older women who kept a daily journal of what they ate lost six more pounds than those who did not keep track of their food, according to a study in which the University of Washington School of Public Health took part. Researchers also found that women who did not miss meals and who avoided eating out for lunch fared better at shedding extra pounds.

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Pittsburgh Finds Urine Test Can Indicate a Woman’s Risk of Bone Fracture

A simple urine test can indicate a premenopausal woman’s risk of suffering bone fractures as she ages, according to new research led by University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health epidemiologist, Dr. Jane Cauley.

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Columbia Links Avian Flu to New England’s Baby Seals Deaths

A novel avian influenza virus has acquired the ability to infect aquatic mammals and was responsible for an outbreak of fatal pneumonia that recently struck harbor seals in New England, according to scientists at the Center for Infection & Immunity (CII) at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, New England Aquarium, USGS National Wildlife Health Center, SeaWorld and  EcoHealth Alliance.

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Maryland Finds Dentist Communication Practices Key to Oral Health Literacy

A study from the University of Maryland School of Public Health’s Dr. Alice Horowitz, research associate professor in the Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy, shows that the communication practices of dental care providers are pivotal to increasing oral health literacy and decreasing dental disparities.

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Emory Finds Large Disease Disparities from Unsafe Water and Sanitation in China

A recent study from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health reveals gaps in China’s tremendous progress towards providing safe water and adequate sanitation.

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Pittsburgh Pinpoints Peptide that Blocks Hepatitis C Virus Entry

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health have identified a specific peptide that may block the entry of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) into the liver, representing a potential target for new drug development.

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East Tennessee Links Maternal Depression with Overweight Children

Dr. Liang Wang, assistant professor in the East Tennessee State University College of Public Health in the department of biostatistics and epidemiology, is the lead author of a new report titled “Maternal Depressive Symptoms and the Risk of Overweight in Their Children.”

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UNC Examines Link between Fathers’ Jobs and Birth Defects

In a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, researchers found that certain jobs held by men before they conceive a child may increase the risk of various birth defects.

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Michigan Finds “Sexting” to be Normal

Researchers from the University of Michigan School of Public Health have examined the practice of “sexting,” or sending sexually explicit photos or messages through phones, among people ages 18-24. Their findings suggest that sexting may be just another normal, healthy component of modern dating, and that it is not associated with sexually risky behaviors or with psychological problems.

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Columbia’s ICAP Finds HIV Infection Rates Leveling Off

The results from a nationally representative HIV incidence study in Swaziland indicate that the national rate of new HIV infections is 2.38 percent among adults ages 18-49. This figure, comparable to the 2009 UNAIDS estimate of 2.66 percent for Swaziland adults ages 15-49, suggests that the HIV epidemic in Swaziland may have begun to stabilize in the past few years. The study, Swaziland HIV Incidence Measurement Survey or SHIMS, was led by the Swaziland Ministry of Health and supported by the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

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UTexas Finds Racial Disparities Persist in Breast Cancer Treatment

A new study by the University of Texas School of Public Health’s Dr. Bijal Balasubramanian has found that disparities in breast cancer treatment persist even when black and white patients have the same Medicaid health insurance and similar economic status.

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ASPH Initiatives
Call for Survey Participants: Help Promote Public Health as a Rewarding Career

In order to keep the I AM PUBLIC HEALTH web app up-to-the-minute, ASPH is seeking new profile submissions. The profiles allow current and prospective students to see the diverse world of public health careers and promote public health as an exciting and viable career opportunity. To create a profile, graduates of CEPH-accredited schools and programs simply need to fill out the short survey at

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Open Registration for Undergraduate Summit

The 2012 Summit on Undergraduate Education for Public Health will be held on October 27 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Westin St. Francis on Union Square in San Francisco, CA. This event is co-sponsored by ASPH and the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). 

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Funding and Award Opportunities
New Funding Opportunities for SPH Faculty

As a service to its members, ASPH’s grants staff regularly provide timely information about grant opportunities for faculty. This week’s additions include announcements from the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health. Readers can access a full listing of grant notices by visiting the “Funding for Faculty” section of the ASPH website. 

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Latest from Schools of Public Health
SUNY Buffalo Awarded NIH Grant for the Study of Vitamin D and Retinal Diseases

The University at Buffalo SUNY School of Public Health and Health Professions has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health to study the association between vitamin D status and two leading causes of vision loss in the U.S., age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Assistant professor and nutritional epidemiologist Dr. Amy Millen is the principal investigator.

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Tulane Receives NIH Grant for Training in Gene-Environment Interaction in China

The Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine has been awarded a Fogarty International Research Training Grant for over one million dollars from the National Institutes of Health. 

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Maryland Study to Inform Health Care System Redesign

A new report by the University of Maryland School of Public Health will inform the design of a new system to improve health and health care in Prince George’s County, MD, the state's most diverse county and one that faces a disproportionate burden of disease compared to surrounding counties and Maryland as a whole. “Transforming Health in Prince George’s County, Maryland: A Public Health Impact Study”, the result of a unique cluster of studies that concurrently gathered information from residents and policy makers, examined the county’s health care workforce and public health programs and documented best practices from comparable health care systems. The study was commissioned by Prince George’s County, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the University of Maryland Medical System, and Dimensions Healthcare System, and it identified several major components needed for a new health care system that can drive better health outcomes and reduce health care costs.

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Yale Collaborates with High School Students

In response to the fact that American high school students now rank 29th out of 56 in scientific achievement and mastery, the Yale School of Public Health has created the Yale Center for Analytical Sciences Young Scholars Program (YCAS). Every day for two weeks this summer, eight teenagers participated in an intensive introduction to biostatistics with Yale clinical faculty. After the morning’s lecture, they learned the statistical modeling program “R” in the computer lab. At lunch, they toured different aspects of public health with talented doctoral students and established Yale research scientists.

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Texas A&M Receives NIOSH Grant

The Occupational Safety and Health Training Program at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health has been awarded a five-year grant by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

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USAID Awards Columbia’s ICAP with Funding for Studies in Three African Countries

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health’s ICAP is the recipient of three awards from the U.S. Agency on International Development that will support implementation science studies in Lesotho, Mozambique, and Swaziland over the next three years. The studies will test uniquely designed interventions that aim to evaluate the feasibility and impact of HIV programs in low-resource settings and that are a part of a larger implementation science initiative supported by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). ICAP is conducting the studies in partnership with ministries of health and local health care management teams, ensuring that the studies are locally appropriate and findings are relevant and generalizable in study settings and similar contexts.

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Maryland Awarded Grant to Support Military Family Caregivers

The University of Maryland School of Public Health’s Legacy Corps for Health and Independent Living project received a three-year grant (for $1.9 million per year) from the Corporation for National and Community Service to provide caregiver support services to veteran and military families at 17 sites in 11 states. Dr. Laura Wilson, professor and chair of the department of health services administration, is the principal investigator for this project that focuses on decreasing caregiver burden and stress and enabling veterans to remain in their home communities and avoid (or postpone) institutional care.

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Faculty & Staff Honors
Georgia’s Davis Awarded USDA Grant to Combat Childhood Obesity in Colquitt County

Dr. Marsha Davis, an associate professor at the University of Georgia College of Public Health’s department of health promotion and behavior, has earned a $2.5 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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UNC’s Marshall to Lead Injury Prevention Research Center
MarshallDr. Stephen Marshall at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health has been named director of UNC’s Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC), effective August 1.
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Maryland’s Thomas Appointed to Navigator Program Advisory Committee

Dr. Stephen Thomas, director of the Maryland Center for Health Equity and professor of health services administration at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, has been appointed to serve on the Navigator Program Advisory Committee of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Board.  In this role, Dr. Thomas will assist the state in developing and implementing its Health Benefit Exchange by collecting perspectives from key stakeholders to help ensure that the Exchange meets the needs of all Marylanders and reaches culturally diverse and difficult to reach populations.

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Georgia Southern’s Hotchkiss Named to the Board of Directors

Dr. Renee Hotchkiss, assistant professor of health policy and management at Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, has been appointed to the board of directors for the Hearts and Hands Clinic of Statesboro, GA. The Hearts and Hands Clinic of Statesboro promotes healthy living and health education by providing free primary health care services to those who are medically uninsured and have an income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guideline.

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South Carolina’s Khan Receives World Bank Funding for Nigeria Project

Dr. M. Mahmud Khan, chair of the department of health services policy and management at the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health, has been awarded a project by the World Bank to provide technical assistance to the World Bank and the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria.

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Michigan's Boulton Receives CSTE Partner Award

The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) has presented Dr. Matthew Boulton with the 2012 Distinguished Partner Award. Dr. Boulton is director of the Center of Excellence in Public Health Workforce Studies at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

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Maryland’s Hofferth Receives Award from the American Sociological Association

Dr. Sandra Hofferth, professor of family science at the University of Maryland School of Public Health and director of the Maryland Population Research Center, will be honored this August at the American Sociological Association (ASA) Annual Meeting with the 2012 Distinguished Career Award from the association's sociology of the family section.

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Student & Alumni Achievements
Washington Student Wins Young Investigator Award for HIV research

Dr. Renee Heffron, a postdoctoral fellow in global health at the University of Washington School of Public Health, received a Young Investigator Award at the International AIDS Conference. Dr. Heffron was one of five scientists under 35 to receive the $2,000 award funded by the International AIDS Society and the French National Agency for Research.

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Columbia Alumna Receives Fulbright Award

Ms. Amrutasri Nori-Sarma, a 2012 graduate of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to India in Public Health. Ms. Nori-Sarma is one of over 1,700 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2012-2013 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the flagship international educational exchange program. Recipients of the Fulbright are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. While in India, Ms. Nori-Sarma will be working with the Indian Institute of Public Health – Gandhinagar, as well as the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Mt. Sinai’s School of Medicine, to redefine the essential criteria for heat wave warnings in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

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Drexel Student Receives NIH Grant

Drexel University School of Public Health doctoral student Mr. Aleksandar Kecojevic was recently awarded a two-year, $90,848 Health Services Research Dissertation (R36) grant from the National Institutes of Health.

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ASPH Partners in Public Health
NIEHS Publishes Strategic Plan

This week, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences published a strategic plan titled “Advancing Science, Improving Health:  A Plan for Environmental Health Research.” The plan sets out the institute’s scientific and governance direction for the next five years. The plan can be read here.

Public Health Resources
National Cancer Institute’s Research to Reality Resource
The National Cancer Institute’s Research to Reality (R2R) community of practice has a new way to connect cancer control practitioners and researchers, and it provides opportunities for discussion, learning, and enhanced collaboration on moving research into practice. The R2R messages can be delivered directly and can be adjusted to arrive immediately, daily, or weekly.

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Upcoming Events
Public Health Foundation Webinar on Immunization Strategies: August 22

The Public Health Foundation will host a webinar on immunization strategies on August 22 from 2-3:15 p.m. Eastern. State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial (STLT) Health Department staff, health care professionals, and community health workers who want to receive training on evidence-based strategies and quality improvement techniques will benefit from viewing this program.

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WVU Hosts Grand Rounds Lecture on Population and Family Planning: August 24

The West Virginia University School of Public Health will host the Public Health Grand Rounds on August 24, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Okey Patteson Auditorium. The speaker will be Dr. Herbert Peterson, Kenan Distinguished Professor and chair of the department of maternal and child health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. The presentation, “Achieving the Millennium Development Goals: The Impact of Population and Family Planning,” will give attendees an overview of (1) how to describe major global trends in population, (2) how to discuss links between population and development, (3) and how to describe the relationship between family planning and achievement of three health-related millennium development goals. This program is designed for public health faculty, staff, students, physicians, nurses, dentists, other healthcare professionals, and anyone interested in the ongoing research in the field of public health. 

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IPEC Institute for Faculty Development Encore: October 15-17

The IPEC Institute for faculty development interprofessional education will hold an additional session for faculty development October 15-17 at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia in Atlanta, GA.  Registration is currently open only to those on the waitlist until August 6.  On August 7, registration will open to all interested institutions.

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International Society for Disease Surveillance Conference: December 4-5

The International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS) will host the 2012 ISDS Conference at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina in San Diego, CA, from December 4-5 with Pre-Conference Workshops on December 3. The ISDS Annual Conference draws academics, clinicians, and practitioners from a broad range of disciplines to learn and share the latest achievements, methodologies, best practices, conceptual frameworks, and technical innovations in this rapidly evolving field.

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"Public Health Reports"
Volume 127, Issue No. 4 July/August

Volume 127
Issue 4
July/August 2012


Public Health Reports (PHR) is an informative and accessible resource for practitioners, teachers, and students of public health. The journal provides important research and key discussions on the major issues confronting the public health community. Subscribe Today! Click here to advertise in the journal.



In Volume 127, Issue 4…

  • A Message from the Editor
  • Surgeon General's Perspectives: A New Surgeon General’s Report: Preventing Tobacco Use Among Adolescents and Young Adults
  • Here Comes the Sun [Feature Article]
  • State-Specific ATV-Related Fatality Rates: An Update in the New Millennium
  • The Predictive Value of Self-Report Questions in a Clinical Decision Rule for Pediatric Lead Poisoning Screening
  • State Health Department Perceived Utility of and Satisfaction with ArboNET, the U.S. National Arboviral Surveillance System
  • A Comparison of Two Surveillance Strategies for Selected Birth Defects in Florida
  • Understanding Oral Health Promotion Needs and Opportunities of Tobacco Quitline Callers
  • Prevalence, Distribution, and Correlates of Hepatitis C Virus Infection Among Homeless Adults in Los Angeles
  • Implementing a Novel Citywide Rapid HIV Testing Campaign in Washington, D.C.: Findings and Lessons Learned
  • Provision of Test Results and Posttest Counseling at STD Clinics in 24 Health Departments: U.S., 2007
  • Hazardous Metals in Ambient Air Due to New Year Fireworks During 2004–2011 Celebrations in Pearl City, Hawaii
  • Integrating Acute HIV Infection within Routine Public Health Surveillance Practices in New York City
  • Strengthening Appeals Rights for Privately Insured Patients: The Impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Volume 127, Supplement 2: Innovations in Oral Health Care for People Living with HIV/AIDS

Volume 127
Supplement 2


This supplement of Public Health Reports (PHR) presents findings from the Special Projects of National Significance Innovations in Oral Health Care Initiative, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s HIV/AIDS Bureau. The research presented in this supplement shows that innovative program models can engage and retain people who are living with HIV/AIDS into oral health-care services. Subscribe! Click here to advertise in the journal.


In Volume 127, Supplement 2 …

  • Surgeon General’s Perspectives: Oral Health Care for People Living With HIV/AIDS
  • New Approaches to Oral Health Care for People Living with HIV/AIDS 
  • Increasing Access to Oral Health Care for People Living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S.: Baseline Evaluation Results of the Innovations in Oral Health Care Initiative
  • Correlates of Unmet Dental Care Need Among HIV-Positive People Since Being Diagnosed with HIV
  • Methamphetamine Use and Dental Problems Among Adults Enrolled in a Program to Increase Access to Oral Health Services for People Living with HIV/AIDS
  • Dental Anxiety and the Use of Oral Health Services Among People Attending Two HIV Primary Care Clinics in Miami
  • Retention of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Oral Health Care
  • Access to Oral Health Care and Self-Reported Health Status Among Low-Income Adults Living with HIV/AIDS
  • Increasing Access to Oral Health Care for People Living with HIV/AIDS in Rural Oregon
  • Patient Perspectives on Improving Oral Health-Care Practices Among People Living with HIV/AIDS
  • Financing Oral Health Care for Low-Income Adults Living with HIV/AIDS


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