Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #440--June 5, 2008

CAAR (Current Awareness in Aging Research) is a weekly email report produced by the Center for Demography of Health and Aging at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that helps researchers keep up to date with the latest developments in the field. For more information, including an archive of back issues and subscription information see:

http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/cdha/caar.html

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I. Data:

1. HEALTH AND RETIREMENT STUDY: The University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research HRS announced the following data update on Jun. 3, 2008. "2007 Disability Vignette Study (Final, Version 1.0)."

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/news/sho_news.php?hfyle=news247&xtyp=1

Data Access:

https://ssl.isr.umich.edu/hrs/

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2. UNITED NATIONS POPULATION DIVISION:

A. "Urban and Rural Population by Age and Sex: 1950-2005" (2008). Order form for data (.pdf format, 2p.):

http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/wup2007/Urban_Rural_PopAgeSex_CDorderform.pdf

Note: this is a for fee item.

B. "World Population Ageing 2007" (2008). Order form for data (.pdf format, 2p.):

http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/WPA2007/WPA2007_CDorderform.pdf

Note: this is a for fee item.

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3. HUMAN MORTALITY DATABASE: Note: HMD requires free registration before providing data. The following updates have been added to the database.

Jun. 4, 2008: Poland (1958-2006) added as a new country.

Data availability:

http://www.mortality.org/Public/DataAvailability.html

Data access:

http://www.mortality.org/

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4. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL STUDY:

A. "MEPS LINK_2006HC/NHIS: 2006 MEPS/2005 & 2004 NHIS Link File (US Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, May 2008, CD-ROM media, available only by request.

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=LINK_2006HC/NHIS

B. "MEPS HC-100: 2006 Jobs File" (US Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, May 2008, data in .zip or self decompressing [.exe] ASCII text and SAS Transport format, with documentation in HTML and .pdf format, and SAS programming statements in ASCII format).

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=HC-100

C. "MEPS HC-099: 2006 Full Year Population Characteristics" (US Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, May 2008, data in .zip or self decompressing [.exe] ASCII text and SAS Transport format, with documentation in HTML and .pdf format, and SAS programming statements in ASCII format).

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=HC-099

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II. Reports and articles:

5. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION PERIODICAL: Social Security Bulletin (Vol. 67, No. 4, June 2008).

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/ssb/v67n4/index.html

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6. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES NEWS RELEASE: "CMS Outlines Rights Of Medicare Hospice Patients: First Overhaul Since 1983 Aimed at Improving Quality of Care" (Jun. 3, 2008).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/apps/media/press/release.asp?Counter=3144&intNumPerPage=10&checkDate=&checkKey=&srchType=1&numDays=3500

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7. US CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE ECONOMIC AND BUDGET ISSUE BRIEF: "Accounting for Sources of Projected Growth in Federal Spending on Medicare and Medicaid" (May 2008, .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/93xx/doc9316/05-29-SourcesHealthCostGrowth_Brief.pdf

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8. US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT: "Individual Retirement Accounts: Government Actions Could Encourage More Employers to Offer IRAs to Employees" (GAO-08-590, June 2008, .pdf format, 59p.).

http://www.gao.gov/docsearch/abstract.php?rptno=GAO-08-590

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9. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORTS:

A. "Availability of Medicare Part D Drugs to Dual-Eligible Nursing Home Residents" (OEI-02-06-00190, June 2008, .pdf format, 28p.).

Abstract:

This final report provides an assessment of the availability of Medicare Part D drugs to dual-eligible nursing home residents. Our review focused on ongoing implementation issues as opposed to the issues related to the transition from Medicaid to Medicare that arose in the early stages of the benefit. The study is based on structured interviews with a sample of nursing home administrators, medical directors, and directors of operations for long-term care pharmacies.

According to most respondents, dual-eligible nursing home residents are receiving all necessary Part D drugs. However, nursing homes and long-term care pharmacies sometimes pay for Part D drugs that are not covered by plans. Administrators and pharmacy directors explained that the drugs they most commonly pay for either are not on the residents plans formularies or require prior authorization. In addition, respondents express concerns that formularies, the prior authorization process, and copayments may pose problems for dual-eligible nursing home residents. Concerns also exist that long-term care pharmacies generally do not disclose to physicians the rebates that they receive from drug manufacturers.

We recommended that CMS work with plans to ensure that formularies meet the needs of dual-eligible nursing home residents; continue to work with plans to improve the prior authorization process; ensure that copayments for dual-eligible nursing home residents are fully subsidized, as appropriate; and consider methods to encourage long-term care pharmacies to disclose to physicians information about rebates that they receive from drug manufacturers. CMS concurred with our first two recommendations and the intent of our third recommendation; it did not concur with our last recommendation.

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-02-06-00190.pdf

B. "Role of Nursing Homes and Long Term Care Pharmacies in Assisting Dual-Eligible Residents With Selecting Part D Plans" (OEI-02-06-00191, June 2008, .pdf format, 7p.).

Abstract:

This memorandum report provides information about the role of nursing homes and long term care pharmacies in assisting dual-eligible residents with selecting their Part D plans. This information was gathered as part of another study, entitled "Availability of Medicare Part D Drugs to Dual-Eligible Nursing Home Residents" (OEI-02-06-00l90). Nursing homes and long term care pharmacies reported providing different types of assistance to dual-eligible residents who were selecting their Part D plans. The types of assistance included: identifying multiple plans that met residents' needs, enrollng residents in a single plan or recommending one plan to residents and providing general information. Some nursing homes and long term care pharmacies provided no assistance, at alL. It appears that some of these practices may not be in accordance with the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) guidance that does not allow nursing homes to request, require, coach, or steer residents to select plans. We further note that the Federal regulations that apply to hospital discharge planning may serve as a useful model for Part D. For example, as part of the discharge-planning process, hospitals must provide a list of home health agencies or skilled nursing facilities available to patients.

http://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-02-06-00191.pdf

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10. NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES REPORT: "2008-2011 Plan for Aging Services" (State Unit on Aging, May 2008, .pdf format, 159p.).

http://www.hhs.state.ne.us/ags/AgingStatePlan.pdf

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11. AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING NEWS RELEASES:

A. "Extra 4 million dollars brings total funding to $162 million for older, people with disabilities and carers in Tasmania" (Jun. 4, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/mr-yr08-je-je072.htm

B. "Minister welcomes Queensland decision to exempt aged care providers from paying land tax" (Jun. 4, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/mr-yr08-je-je071.htm

C. "Minister releases accreditation report by previous government" (Jun. 3, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/mr-yr08-je-je070.htm

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12. UK DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS REPORT: "Mandating Intensive Activity Period for jobseekers aged 50+: final report of the quantitative evaluation," by Richard Dorsett and Deborah Smeaton (Research Report 500, June 2008, .pdf format, 135p.).

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/rports2007-2008/rrep500.pdf

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13. AARP REPORTS, COMMENTARY, PRIME TIME RADIO:

A. "Out-of-Pocket Costs and Affordability of Medicare," by William E. Wright (Medicare Premium Support Survey Research Report, May 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/medicare/outofpocket/medicare_premium_support.html

B. "Fixing Health Care in New Mexico: An AARP Survey of New Mexico Residents Age 50+," by Rebecca Perron and Joanne Binette (Research Report, June 2008, .pdf format, 22p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/health/carefinancing/nm_hcr_08.html

C. "The Economic Slowdown's Impact on Middle-Aged and Older Americans," by Jeffrey Love (Research Report, June 2008, .pdf format, 33p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/economy/trends/economy_survey.html

D. "Supreme Court Agrees that Older Federal Workers are Protected from Retaliation" (AARP Legal Advocacy Commentary, 2008).

http://www.aarp.org/research/legal-advocacy/supreme_court_agrees_that_older_federal_workers_ar.html

E. "The following Prime Time Radio show (RealPlayer format, running time, between 23 and 30 minutes) has been added to the PTR site:

Leading The Revolution on Aging: Jun. 3, 2008.

http://radioprimetime.org/

Note: this is a temporary address. When new PTR shows are released, these will be available at:

http://radioprimetime.org/radioprograms.htm

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14. EMPLOYEE BENEFITS RESEARCH INSTITUTE ISSUE BRIEF: "Savings Needed to Fund Health Insurance and Health Care Expenses in Retirement: Findings from a Simulation Model," by Paul Fronstin, Dallas Salisbury, and Jack VanDerhei (Issue Brief 317, May 2008, .pdf format, 27p.).

http://www.ebri.org/pdf/EBRI_IB_05-2008.pdf

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15. STANDARD AND POORS REPORT: "S&P 500 2007: Pensions and Other Post Employment Benefits" (May 2008, .pdf format, 36p.).

http://www2.standardandpoors.com/spf/pdf/index/051908_SP500_PENSION-Report.pdf

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16. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH ISSUE BRIEF: "Are People Claiming Social Security Benefits Later?" by Dan Muldoon and Richard W. Kopcke (IB#8-7, June 2008, .pdf format, 4p.).

http://crr.bc.edu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=582&Itemid=3

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17. INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR LONGEVITY-USA PERIODICAL: ILC Policy Report: May 2008 (May 2008, .pdf format, 6p.). "The ILC Policy Report is "a monthly compilation of longevity news and trends in the U.S. and abroad".

http://www.ilcusa.org/media/pdfs/Policy_Report_May_2008.pdf

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18. UK HER MAJESTY'S REVENUE AND CUSTOMS REPORT: "Pensions" (May 2008, .pdf and/or Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/pensions/menu.htm

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19. COMMISSION FOR SOCIAL CARE INSPECTION [UK] REPORT: "See me, not just the dementia: Understanding people's experiences of living in a care home," (June 2008, .pdf format, 68p.).

http://www.csci.org.uk/pdf/Dementia%20Report-web.pdf

More information about CSCI:

http://www.csci.org.uk/about_csci.aspx

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20. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION ISSUE BRIEF: "Medicare Advantage in 2008," by Marsha Gold (June 2008, .pdf format, 48p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicare/7775.cfm

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21. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH PERIODICAL: NBER Bulletin on Aging and Health (No. 1, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.nber.org/aginghealth/

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22. ECONOMIST ARTICLE: "Pension buy-outs: Outliving the kitty" (May 29, 2008).

http://www.economist.com/world/britain/displaystory.cfm?story_id=11455743

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23. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Place cell firing correlates with memory deficits and amyloid plaque burden in Tg2576 Alzheimer mouse model," by Francesca Cacucci, Ming Yi, Thomas J. Wills, Paul Chapman, and John O'Keefe (Vol. 105, No. 22, Jun. 3, 2008, p. 7863-7868).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/105/22/7863

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24. NATURE MEDICINE LETTER ABSTRACT: "Blocking TGF-bold beta-Smad2/3 innate immune signaling mitigates Alzheimer-like pathology," by Terrence Town, Yasmina Laouar1, Christopher Pittenger, Takashi Mori, Christine A. Szekely, Jun Tan, Ronald S. Duman, and Richard A Flavell (Vol. 14, No. 6, Jun. 1, 2008, p. 681-687).

http://www.nature.com/nm/journal/v14/n6/abs/nm1781.html

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25. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Discordance Between Patient-Predicted and Model-Predicted Life Expectancy Among Ambulatory Patients With Heart Failure," by Larry A. Allen, Jonathan E. Yager, Michele Jonsson Funk, Wayne C. Levy, James A. Tulsky, Margaret T. Bowers, Gwen C. Dodson, Christopher M. O'Connor, and G. Michael Felker (Vol. 299, No. 21, June 4, 2008, p. 2533-2542).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/299/21/2533

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26. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE BOOK REVIEW EXTRACT: Do No Harm: How a Magic Bullet for Prostate Cancer Became a Medical Quandary, by Stewart Justman, reviewed by Patrick C. Walsh (Vol. 358, No. 23, Jun. 5, 2008, p. 2526-2527).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/extract/358/23/2526

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27. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL ARTICLE: "Hormone replacement therapy and risk of venous thromboembolism in postmenopausal women: systematic review and meta-analysis," by Marianne Canonico, Genevieve Plu-Bureau, Gordon D.O. Lowe, and Pierre-Yves Scarabin (Vol. 336, No. 7655, May 31, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1227-1231). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/336/7655/1227

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III. Working Papers:

28. MICHIGAN CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH:

A. "Adequacy of Economic Resources in Retirement and Returns-to-scale in Consumption," by Michael Hurd and Susann Rohwedder (WP 2008-174, May 2008, .pdf format, 29p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.mrrc.isr.umich.edu/publications/index_abstract.cfm?ptid=1&pid=569

B. "Forecasting Labor Force Participation and Economic Resources of the Early Baby Boomers," by Pierre-Carl Michaud and Susann Rohwedder (WP 2008-175, May 2008, .pdf format, 33p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.mrrc.isr.umich.edu/publications/index_abstract.cfm?ptid=1&pid=570

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29. BROOKINGS INSTITUTION: "Increasing Annuitization of 401(k) Plans with Automatic Trial Income Retirement, Social Security, Aging, Pensions," by William G. Gale, J. Mark Iwry, David C. John, and Lina Walker (Discussion Paper 2008-02, June 2008, .pdf format 28p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.brookings.edu/papers/2008/06_annuities_gale.aspx

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30. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR (IZA) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "Reforming Retirement-Income Systems: Lessons from the Recent Experiences of OECD Countries," by John P. Martin and Edward Whitehouse (Discussion Paper 3521, May 2008, .pdf format, 20p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.iza.org/index_html?lang=en&mainframe=http%3A//www.iza.org/en/webcontent/publications/papers/viewAbstract%3Fdp_id%3D3521

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31. UK DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS: "Wealth and Assets Survey Employer Pensions followup: Feasibility report," by Joel Williams and Hannah Carpenter (Working Paper 48, May 2008, .pdf format, 138p.).

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/WP48.pdf

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IV. Journal Tables of Contents (check your library for availability):

32. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (Vol. 16, No. 6, June 2008).

http://ajgponline.org/content/vol16/issue6/?etoc

33. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 56, No. 6, June 2008).

http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/toc/jgs/56/6

34. Journals of Gerontology (A) Biological and Medical (Vols. 63(A), Nos. 5, May 2008). Note: Full text of these journals are available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and these issues.

http://biomed.gerontologyjournals.org/content/vol63/issue5/?etoc

35. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying (Vol. 57, No. 2, 2008).

http://baywood.metapress.com

Search for "Omega" (without the quotes), return Publications.

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36. AMEDEO MEDICAL LITERATURE: Note: "AMEDEO has been created to serve the needs of healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, administrators, other members of the health professions, and patients and their friends. They can easily access timely, relevant information within their respective fields... All AMEDEO services are free of charge. This policy was made possible thanks to generous unrestricted educational grants provided by AMGEN, Berlex, Eisai, Glaxo Wellcome, Novartis, Pfizer, Roche, and Schering AG."

A. Osteoporosis: Literature for the week of Jun. 4, 2008:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/ost.htm

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Jun. 4, 2008:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/ad.htm

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Jun. 4, 2008:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/pd.htm

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Jun. 4, 2008:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/prc.htm

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Jun. 4, 2008:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/stc.htm

F. Ophthalmology Research: Literature for the week of Jun. 4, 2008:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/eye.htm

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

http://www.amedeo.com/index.htm

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V. Books:

37. SPRINGER PUBLICATIONS: Rural Retirement Migration, by David L. Brown and Nina Glasgow (2008, 224p., ISBN: 978-1-4020-6894-2). For more information see:

http://www.springer.com/social+sciences/sociology/book/978-1-4020-6894-2?cm_mmc=NBA-_-May-08_WEST_1843704-_-product-_-978-1-4020-6894-2

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38. JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS BOOK: The Assisted Living Residence: A Vision for the Future, edited by Stephen M. Golant and Joan Hyde (2008, 464p., ISBN: 978-0-8018-8817-5). For more information see:

http://www.press.jhu.edu/books/title_pages/9001.html

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VI. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:

39. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Jun. 4, 2008.

http://agework.geron.org/c/search_results.cfm?site_id=312

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VII. Conferences:

40. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH: "The 2008 Retirement Research Consortium (RRC) conference will be held on August 7-8 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC." For more information see under"Upcoming Events"

http://crr.bc.edu/events/events_2.html

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41. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING NEWS RELEASE: "Melbourne to Host World Conference on Ageing" (May 29, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 1p.).

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/mr-yr08-je-je063.htm

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42. WORLD DEMOGRAPHIC ASSOCIATION: "World Ageing & Generations Congress 2008," to be held Aug. 28-30, 2008 in St. Gallen, Switzerland. For more information see:

http://www.wdassociation.org/dcPage.aspx?pageid=cms_frontend_article&pagetype=file&hrub=hrub_48&rub=46&key=245&mstrub=frontend_hrubs_e&toolbar=e&ritem= 6&hrItem=48

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