Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #552 -- September 2, 2010

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

Data for Norway were revised and updated through 2008.

Data availability:

http://www.mortality.org/cgi-bin/hmd/DataAvailability.php

Data access:

http://www.mortality.org/

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2. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY: The US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released several new MEPS data file (August 2010, data in .zip or self decompressing [.exe] ASCII text and SAS Transport format, with documentation in HTML and .pdf format, and SAS and SPSS programming statements in ASCII format).

- HC-118H 2008 Home Health

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=HC-118H

- HC-118C 2008 Other Medical Expenses

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=HC-118C

- HC-118B 2008 Dental Visits

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=HC-118B

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II. Reports and articles:

3. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF POLICY REPORT: "SSI [Supplemental Security Income] Annual Statistical Report, 2009," (September 2010, .pdf, Excel, and HTML format, 155p.).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/ssi_asr/2009/index.html

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4. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS DATA BRIEF: "Prescription Drug Use Continues to Increase: U.S. Prescription Drug Data for 2007-2008," by Qiuping Gu, Charles F. Dillon, and Vicki L. Burt (Data Brief No. 42, September 2010, .pdf and HTML format, 8p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db42.htm

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5. US BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS PERIODICAL: Compensation and Working Conditions Online. The latest article (Aug. 30, 2010) is "Disparities in Automatic Enrollment Plan Availability," by Javier Celis.

http://www.bls.gov/opub/cwc/cm20100824ar01p1.htm

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6. AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE RESEARCH AND QUALITY REPORT: "Environmental Scan of Measures for Medicaid Title XIX Home and Community-Based Services," by Sara Galantowicz (June 2010, HTML format).

http://www.ahrq.gov/research/ltc/hcbsreport/

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7. MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY WEEKLY REPORT QUICKSTATS: "Hospitalization Rates for Patients Aged GE 65 Years with Septicemia or Sepsis, by Age Group --- National Hospital Discharge Survey, United States, 2000--2007," (Vol. 59, No. 34, September 2, 2010, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1108).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5934a6.htm

PDF:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5934.pdf

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8. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES MEDICARE AND MEDICAID STATISTICAL SUPPLEMENT UPDATES, DECISION MEMORANDUM:

A. "Figures 6.1 to 6.9 Medicare Skilled Nursing Facilities," (August 2010, zipped compressed Excel and .pdf format).

http://www.cms.gov/MedicareMedicaidStatSupp/LT/itemdetail.asp?filterType=none&filterByDID=0&sortByDID=2&sortOrder=descending&itemID=CMS1232436&intNumPerPage=10

B. "Figures 13.1 to 13.27 Medicaid," (August 2010, zipped compressed Excel and .pdf format).

http://www.cms.gov/MedicareMedicaidStatSupp/LT/itemdetail.asp?filterType=none&filterByDID=0&sortByDID=2&sortOrder=descending&itemID=CMS1234855&intNumPerPage=10

C. "Figures 5.1 to 5.12 Medicare Short-Stay Hospitals," (August 2010, zipped compressed Excel and .pdf format).

http://www.cms.gov/MedicareMedicaidStatSupp/LT/itemdetail.asp?filterType=none&filterByDID=0&sortByDID=2&sortOrder=descending&itemID=CMS1230934&intNumPerPage=10

D. "Figures 4.1 to 4.4 Medicare Cost Sharing," (August 2010, zipped compressed Excel and .pdf format).

http://www.cms.gov/MedicareMedicaidStatSupp/LT/itemdetail.asp?filterType=none&filterByDID=0&sortByDID=2&sortOrder=descending&itemID=CMS1230932&intNumPerPage=10

E. "Figures 12.1 to 12.11 Medicare Managed Care," (August 2010, zipped compressed Excel and .pdf format).

http://www.cms.gov/MedicareMedicaidStatSupp/LT/itemdetail.asp?filterType=none&filterByDID=0&sortByDID=2&sortOrder=descending&itemID=CMS1212431&intNumPerPage=10

F. "Figures 2.1 to 2.8 Medicare Enrollment," (August 2010, zipped compressed Excel and .pdf format).

http://www.cms.gov/MedicareMedicaidStatSupp/LT/itemdetail.asp?filterType=none&filterByDID=0&sortByDID=2&sortOrder=descending&itemID=CMS1229043&intNumPerPage=10

G. "Decision Memo for Counseling to Prevent Tobacco Use (CAG-00420N)," (August 25, 2010).

http://www.cms.gov/mcd/viewdecisionmemo.asp?id=242

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9. UK DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORT: "End of Life Care Strategy: Second Annual Report," (August 2010, .pdf and Excel format, 89p.).

http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_118810

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10. AUSTRALIAN HOUSING AND URBAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE REPORT: "Age-specific housing for low to moderate-income older people," by Laura Davy, Catherine Bridge, Bruce Judd, Paul Flatau, Alan Morris and Peter Phibbs (Positioning Paper No. 134, August 2010, .pdf format, 118p.).

http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/download.asp?ContentID=70589_pp

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11. STATISTICS SWEDEN PRESS RELEASE: "The labour market situation for people aged 55-74," (August 31, 2010).

http://www.scb.se/Pages/PressRelease____299584.aspx

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12. WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION FACT SHEET: "Falls," (No. 344, August 31, 2010, HTML format).

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs344/en/index.html

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13. EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY AND RESEARCH [VIENNA, AUSTRIA] POLICY BRIEF: "Paying for Long-term Care," by Ricardo Rodrigues and Andrea Schmidt (September 2010, .pdf format, 20p.).

http://www.euro.centre.org/detail.php?xml_id=1756

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14. SLOAN CENTER ON AGING AND WORK AT BOSTON COLLEGE BRIEF, REPORT:

A. "Ireland Public Policy," by Jean McCarthy (Global Policy Brief No. 13, August 2010, .pdf format, 16p.).

http://www.bc.edu/research/agingandwork/meta-elements/pdf/publications/GPB13_Ireland.pdf

B. "Talent Pressures and the Aging Workforce: Finance & Insurance Sector," by Stephen Sweet and Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes; with Elyssa Besen, Shoghik Hovhannisyan, and Farooq Pasha (August 2010, .pdf format, 47p.).

http://www.bc.edu/research/agingandwork/all_feeds/TM_Finance.html

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15. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE BRIEF: "Problems with State-Local Final Pay Plans and Options for Reform," by Peter A. Diamond, Alicia H. Munnell, Gregory Leiserson, and Jean-Pierre Aubry (SLP No. 12, August 2010, .pdf format, p.).

http://crr.bc.edu/briefs/problems_with_state-local_final_pay_plans_and_options_for_reform.html

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16. PEW INTERNET AND AMERICAN LIFE PROJECT REPORT: "Older Adults and Social Media," by Mary Madden (August 2010, .pdf format, 13p.).

http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Older-Adults-and-Social-Media.aspx

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17. NATIONAL CENTER FOR POLICY ANALYSIS REPORT: "Unfunded Liabilities of State and Local Government Employee Retirement Benefit Plans," by Courtney Collins and Andrew J. Rettenmaier (Policy Report No. 329, July 2010, .pdf format, 23p.).

http://www.ncpa.org/pub/st329

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18. CENTER FOR HEALTH POLICY RESEARCH [UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-LOS ANGELES] BRIEF: "California Unprepared for the Aging of the Baby Boom: Cutbacks at the California State University System Reduce Workforce Readiness," by Steven P. Wallace, Ming Lee, Rachel Price, Pauline Abbott, and Janet C. Frank (July 2010, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.healthpolicy.ucla.edu/pubs/Publication.aspx?pubID=424

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19. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACTS:

A. "Stabilization of neurotoxic Alzheimer amyloid-{beta} oligomers by protein engineering," by Anders Sandberg, Leila M. Luheshi, Sofia Sollvander, Teresa Pereira de Barros, Bertil Macao, Tuomas P. J. Knowles, Henrik Biverstal, Christofer Lendel, Frida Ekholm-Petterson, Anatoly Dubnovitsky, Lars Lannfelt, Christopher M. Dobson, and Torleif Härd (Vol. 107, No. 35, August 31, 2010, p. 15595-15600).

http://www.pnas.org/content/107/35/15595.abstract

B. "Age-induced disruption of selective olfactory bulb synaptic circuits," by Marion B. Richard, Seth R. Taylor, and Charles A. Greer (Vol. 107, No. 35, August 31, 2010, p. 15613-15618).

http://www.pnas.org/content/107/35/15613.abstract

C. "NADPH oxidase 4 (Nox4) is a major source of oxidative stress in the failing heart," by Junya Kuroda, Tetsuro Ago, Shouji Matsushima, Peiyong Zhai, Michael D. Schneider, and Junichi Sadoshima (Vol. 107, No. 35, August 31, 2010, .pdf and HTML format, p. 15565-15570). Note: _PNAS_ is providing open access to the full-text of this article.

http://www.pnas.org/content/107/35/15565.abstract

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20. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL ARTICLES:

A. "Determinants of disparities between perceived and physiological risk of falling among elderly people: cohort study," by Kim Delbaere, Jacqueline C. T. Close, Henry Brodaty, Perminder Sachdev, and Stephen R. Lord (BMJ 2010; 341:c4165, .pdf and HTML format).

http://www.bmj.com/content/341/bmj.c4165.full

B. "Equity in access to total joint replacement of the hip and knee in England: cross sectional study," by Andy Judge, Nicky J. Welton, Jat Sandhu, and Yoav Ben-Shlomo (BMJ 2010; 341:c4092, .pdf and HTML format).

http://www.bmj.com/content/341/bmj.c4092.full

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21. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "A Biobehavioral Home-Based Intervention and the Well-being of Patients With Dementia and Their Caregivers: The COPE Randomized Trial," by Laura N. Gitlin, Laraine Winter, Marie P. Dennis, Nancy Hodgson, and Walter W. Hauck (Vol. 304, No. 9, September 1, 2010, p. 983-991).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/304/9/983

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22. FORBES ARTICLE: "Is It Time to Listen to Rep. Paul Ryan's Economic Prescription?" by Brian Wingfield (September 13, 2010).

http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2010/0913/outfront-economy-taxes-obama-ryan-third-rail-economics.html

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III. Working Papers:

23. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE: "Adjusting Social Security for Increasing Life Expectancy: Effects on Progressivity," by Courtney Monk, John A. Turner, and Natalia A. Zhivan (Working Paper No. 2010-09, August 2010, .pdf format, 43p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://crr.bc.edu/working_papers/adjusting_social_security_for_increasing_life_expectancy_effects_on_progressivity_.html

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24. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "Broker Incentives and Mutual Fund Market Segmentation," by Diane Del Guercio, Jonathan Reuter, and Paula A. Tkac (w16132, August 2010, .pdf format, 43p.).

Abstract:

We study the impact of investor heterogeneity on mutual fund market segmentation. To motivate our empirical analysis, we make two assumptions. First, some investors inherently value broker services. Second, because brokers are only compensated when they sell mutual funds, they have little incentive to recommend funds available at lower cost elsewhere. The need for mutual fund families to internalize broker incentives leads us to predict that the market for mutual funds will be highly segmented, with families targeting either do-it-yourself investors or investors who value broker services, but not both. Using novel distribution channel data, we find strong empirical support for this prediction; only 3.3% of families serve both market segments. We also predict and find strong evidence that mutual funds targeting performance-sensitive, do-it-yourself investors will invest more in portfolio management. Our findings have important implications for the expected relation between mutual fund fees and returns, tests of fund manager ability, and the puzzle of active management. Furthermore, they suggest that changing the way investors compensate brokers will change the nature of competition in the mutual fund industry.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w16312

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25. NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SOCIAL INSURANCE: "Economic Status of the Elderly in the United States," by Virgina P. Reno and Benjamin Veghte (September 2010, . pdf format, 30p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.nasi.org/research/2010/economic-status-elderly-united-states

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26. PENSIONS INSTITUTE, CASS BUSINESS SCHOOL, CITY OF LONDON [UK]: "Longevity hedging : A framework for longevity basis risk analysis and hedge effectiveness," by Guy D. Coughlan, Marwa Khalaf-Allah, Yijing Ye, Sumit Kumar, Andrew J.G. Cairns, David Blake and Kevin Dowd (PI-1013, August 2010, .pdf format, 46p.).

Abstract:

Basis risk is an important consideration when hedging longevity risk with instruments based on longevity indices, since the longevity experience of the hedged exposure may differ from that of the index. As a result, any decision to execute an index-based hedge requires a framework for (i) developing an informed understanding of the basis risk, (ii) appropriately calibrating the hedging instrument and (iii) evaluating hedge effectiveness. We describe such a framework and apply it to two case studies: one for the UK (which compares the population of assured lives from the Continuous Mortality Investigation with the England & Wales national population) and one for the US (which compares the population of California with the US national population). The framework is founded on an analysis of historical experience data, together with an appreciation of the contextual relationship between the two related populations in social, economic and demographic terms. Despite the different demographic profiles, each case study provides evidence of stable long-term relationships between the mortality experiences of the two populations. This suggests the important result that high levels of hedge effectiveness should be achievable with appropriately-calibrated, static, index-based longevity hedges. Indeed, this is borne out in detailed calculations of hedge effectiveness for hypothetical pension portfolios where the basis risk is based on these case studies.

http://www.pensions-institute.org/workingpapers/wp1013.pdf

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27. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR (IZA) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "Health Outcomes and Socio-Economic Status among the Elderly in China: Evidence from the CHARLS Pilot," by John Strauss, Xiaoyan Lei, Albert Park, Yan Shen, James P. Smith, Zhe Yang, and Yaohui Zhao (Discussion Paper No. 5152, August 2010, .pdf format, 56p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.iza.org/en/webcontent/publications/papers/viewAbstract?dp_id=5152

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28. NEP-AGE: Working papers in the Economics of Aging are available through the bibliographic database provided by Research Papers in Economics (RePEc). The latest compilations are for Aug. 6 & 14, 2010.

http://ideas.repec.org/n/nep-age/

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

29. Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association (Vol. 6, No. 5, September 2010).

http://www.alzheimersanddementia.org/current

30. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (Vol. 18, No. 9, September 2010).

http://journals.lww.com/ajgponline/pages/currenttoc.aspx

31. International Journal of Aging and Human Development (Vol. 71, No. 2, 2010).

http://baywood.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=issue&issn=0091-4150&volume=71&issue=2

32. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 58, No. 9, September 2010).

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jgs.2010.58.issue-9/issuetoc

33. Journal of Population Research (Vol. 27, No. 2, June 2010).

http://springerlink.com/content/1443-2447/27/2/

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34. 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 August 30, 2010:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of August 30, 2010:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of August 30, 2010:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of August 30, 2010:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of August 30, 2010:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of August 30, 2010:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Books:

35. NATIONAL ACADEMY PRESS:

A. Improving Health Care Cost Projections for the Medicare Population: Summary of a Workshop, edited by Gooloo S. Wunderlich (2010, ISBN-10: 0-309-15976-8, ISBN-13: 978-0-309-15976-0, OpenBook format, 120p.).

http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12985

B. Cardiovascular Disability: Updating the Social Security Listings (2010, ISBN-10: 0-309-15698-X, ISBN-13: 978-0-309-15698-1, OpenBook format, 400p.).

http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12940

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VI. Funding/Employment Opportunities:

36. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH: "Scientific Meetings for Creating Interdisciplinary Research Teams in Basic Behavioral and Social Science Research (R13)," (RFA-CA-10-017, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, deadline for applications December 14, 2010).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-CA-10-017.html

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37. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING: "Grants for Native Americans and Native American Caregiver Support Program," (HHS-2011-AoA-TitleVI-1101, .pdf and Word format, 41p.). Deadline for submission is November 30, 2010.

PDF:

http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Grants/Funding/docs/2011/2011_TitleVI_PA_508_FINAL.pdf

Word:

http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Grants/Funding/docs/2011/2011_TitleVI_PA_508_FINAL.doc

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38. AGEWORK.COM: Agework.com has updated its employment listings through Sept. 2, 2010.

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

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VII. Conferences:

39. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM PALLIATIVE CARE CONFERENCES: "Singapore Palliative Care Conference," to be held in Singapore, Singapore, Mar. 3-5, 2011.

http://www.conferencealerts.com/seeconf.mv?q=ca16sa8a

- "7th International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology," to be held in New York, New York (Nov. 11-13, 2010).

http://www.conferencealerts.com/seeconf.mv?q=ca16s3x8

Conferencealerts.Com Palliative Care:

http://www.conferencealerts.com/hospice.htm

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VIII. Websites of Interest:

42. MEDICARE.GOV WEBSITE UPDATES: The following site was updated Aug. 28, 2010: "Supplier Directory". For all of Medicare.gov's suite of interactive web databases see:

http://www.medicare.gov/updates.asp

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Thanks,

Charlie

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