Apr 15th

Results of MRI scan!

By Ann R

I know that some of you realise that I have been suffering with back problems for months now and that I went for a MRI scan last week.

Went to the doctor this morning and it seems that I was right about when I fell on the escalator a couple of years ago, I did fracture part of my spine, no wonder I was in such agony back then.  The casualty department in Stevenage and the one in Hereford told me I had pulled a muscle and even when I went to see the doctor she said the same! Anyway, I have mild spinal stenosis, She is going to arrange for me to have a Dexa scan just to make sure that the fractures have not caused osteoporosis. I am just so glad that it was nothing serious.

I must admit that I was getting concerned about things but she has assured me that I will gradually get better, even though I will have to be careful

Now I am off to the opticians!  It is like a MOT week at the moment laughing
Mar 31st

From: The Spoof

By Colin L

Written by NotGod

Topics: Medical, parenting, ADHD

Sunday, 29 March 2015

After rigorous studies at Columbian University, scholars have determined that most Americans need the drug Itsinurhedicone, or more commonly known to consumers as "Normal."

Although the mind altering drug is frowned upon by many moralists, Doctors have given the OK to continue with patient testing. When asked about the drug, one of the Co-Founders of the drug, who wishes to remain anonymous says:

"A lot of people don't realize that they need Normal. Do you commonly surf the Web? You need normal. Do you look into the fridge and not get anything? Normal can cure that too."

Despite the controversy, some parents claim that their kids need normal. One parent, Jane Anderson said:

"Before my two year old was on the drug, she told me that a Septagon was a Decagon. Immediately, I put her on the drug. Do you know how hard it is to get your child into Baby Harvard?"

Other parents claim that it makes your kid like a zombie, like this Republican Parent:

"He was running at me. I didn't want to shoot my own kid, but it's a rough world out there. I wish I didn't do it!"

Others think that there's a natural remedy to behavioral diseases, a herb called Parenting.

Mar 16th

Getting Through Aches, Pains and Strains. What Is Available to Help?

By Mary B

Pain isn’t just irritating. It doesn’t just hurt. It’s also a setback. When you’re in pain, day to day life becomes more difficult.

An athlete that suffers an injury can lose out on months of training and might have to watch their fitness and stamina deteriorate, but even if you’re not training for a marathon you’ll notice that aches, strains and pains can have a big impact on your routine and on your life.

Most of the time, aches and pains aren’t permanent. Until you’ve recovered, here are a few things that are available to help:

Comfortable Furnishings

Uncomfortable furniture can aggravate an existing condition, or can be the cause of a new ache or pain. It can take time to find a suitable ergonomic chair, or the right mattress for your bed, but a little effort can result in a big reward.

Find furniture that is supportive and that moves in all of the right places. If you work at a desk, make sure that your chair is set at the right height and that your monitor is placed in the correct position. If you spend your days at home, make a point of ensuring that your home furnishings are comfortable.

Pay close attention to your posture. Now that laptops and tablet computers are widely used, more and more of us will lie back and use them in bed, or will slouch on the sofa. Cushions and pillows can be positioned to reduce the strain on your body and you should sit up straight whenever possible.

Bath Steps

If you’re suffering from aches and pains, once simple tasks can just make things hurt more. A soak in the bath is soothing, but getting in and out of your bath might not be as easy as it should be.

Bath steps will help to reduce muscle pains as they can raise you up so that you don’t need to lift your legs as high to get into the bath. With a bath step, you can enjoy a warm and relaxing bath with no added strain. Pick out your favourite bubble bath and lock yourself away for some ‘you time’.

Car Swivel Cushions

Getting in and out of your car can strain your back, or can aggravate an existing condition. Car swivel cushions can make this daily task easier. These cushions twist with your body, so that you can easily enter and exit your car simply by sitting down facing outwards and twisting with the cushion into a forward-facing position, then doing the reverse when it’s time to get out of your vehicle.

Massagers, Heat Packs and Cooling Packs

When we’re in pain, relaxing can be the best form of pain relief. Tense muscles can simply make things worse. Heat and cooling packs can be used to reduce pain and to soothe aching muscles, whilst massagers have been designed for all parts of the body from the head down to the feet. Some massagers can be used by someone on their own, whilst others can be used with the help of someone else. You can also buy massage cushions and seat covers, for a relaxing massage whilst you’re watching TV.

If you’re suffering from an ache or pain, pay careful attention to what makes it worse. There are tools available that will reduce the stress that you put on your body, resulting in a faster recovery so that you can get your life back on track rather than suffering for an extended length of time.

This article was written by Andrew Atkinson  managing director of UK ecommerce website Ecuva with a vast product range covering health and well-being making life easier and higher quality. Get in touch with the managing director or visit their website today for more information.


This is a guest blog on behalf of Mobilty Smart and Ecuva




Mar 15th

From: News Biscuit.

By Colin L

NHS ‘nearly killed’ Nigel Farage, promises to do better next time

if it weren't for all those foreign nurses, he wouldn't be hereFurther evidence has emerged of public health-care under-funding, as the NHS is failing to meet its target for killing off elderly racists. Doctors were forced to apologise for the oversight and promised to do everything they could to give Jeremy Clarkson a dignified exit.

In extracts from his memoirs, Nigel Farage accused doctors of failing to spot his testicular cancer because of the huge malignant growth already attached to his genitals. Fortunately Mr. Farage’s own opinions proved too carcinogenic even for the tumour. In fact, Mr Farage’s own brand of toxicity can be used to clear up acne, cure rust and get ‘your whites whiter’.

UKIP are already committed to ending what they call ‘health tourism’, as Blackpool is ‘much nicer’ this time of year. They have also promised an extra £3bn per year for the NHS to shorten queues; although one Polish nurse offered: ‘to finish off Mr. Farage right now’.

Mr. Farage pointed out in the Daily Telegraph that had he had access to private medical insurance he would have been killed humanely, without having to deal with exorbitant carpark charges. One Health Official admitted: ‘While A&E waiting times worsen, we need to prioritize those in greatest need of a pillow over their face. Politicians like Nigel Farage deserve to be fast-tracked to an abattoir of their choice. Almost is not good enough’.

Mar 13th

From: The Daily Mash

By Colin L


Homeopathy to cure itself



HOMEOPATHY will have eradicated itself by 2032, it has been confirmed.

Experts believe that the trend for little bottles of water that has been shaken about a bit will gradually decline as people realise it does nothing.

Professor Henry Brubaker of the Institute for Studies said: “Homeopathy is based on the principle that like cures like, which is actually pretty robust when applied to homeopathy.

“For example if you’ve bought a bottle of liquid with a picture of a flower on it only to find it doesn’t cure your crippling anxiety attacks, you probably won’t bother again.”

However homeopath Emma Bradford disagreed: “Like mumps, homeopathy will adapt and survive.

“For example we could start calling it ‘space water’ or pretend it is the urine of fairies. Or make homeopathic furniture that is desirable because it has been near other, nicer, furniture.

“I’m making this up as I go along, so you see the possibilities are endless.”

Mar 3rd

From The Daily Mash

By Colin L


Fitness 'a nightmare that never ends'


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IF you want to be fit you have to keep doing exercise forever, it has emerged.

Healthy eating and sport have been condemned as a scam after it was revealed that they only lead to more healthy eating and more sport.

Carolyn Ryan of Cardiff said: “After two months of going to the gym I asked my personal trainer when I’d be fit enough to stop all this and eat the heck out of some pies.

“The look on her face. She said that if I relaxed my diet regime even for a week then the fat would pile on again even faster than before, and if anything I should be stepping it up.

“I thought it’d be like A-levels where once you’ve passed you never think about history ever again, but it’s more like revising history five nights a week for the rest of your life.

“She says after a while I won’t even want a Toblerone any more. That made me cry.”

Personal trainer Donna Sheridan said: “Getting healthy isn’t a sprint, it’s an endless marathon through featureless terrain pretending that chips and sitting around watching telly don’t exist.

“However I do have the warm glow of knowing that I’m better than everyone else.

“Unless they’re right and I’m the moron. Which I occasionally think, but I get that out of my system with a nice eight-mile run.”

Feb 26th

From The Daily Mash

By Colin L


Old lady sent to care home after fall


The Brit Awards, Show, O2 Arena, London, Britain - 25 Feb 2015

MADONNA’S family has made the difficult decision to send her to Rydean Manor residential care home in Sussex.

The former pop star’s nasty fall at last night’s Brit awards was the final straw for her children after a number of incidents in recent months.

Daughter Lourdes Ciccone said: “There was the fall in November when she climbed on a chair to dust the pelmets, and another one last month on a patch of ice outside the Post Office.

“She refuses to use the mobility scooter we got her at Christmas in case anyone from church sees her, and last time I went round the fridge was full of mouldy chicken.

“It breaks my heart but she’s not capable of living independently anymore.

“The staff at the home seemed very nice and caring, they have cake in the afternoon and a weekly memory club.”

Care assistant Joanna Kramer said: “She seems very sweet but we have been instructed to keep her away from crucifixes, apparently she has a slightly unsavoury habit.”

Feb 22nd

Improve your Indoor Air Quality

By Colin L

10 Houseplants That Improve Your Indoor Air Quality


Today, January 10th, is “Houseplant Appreciation Day”. In honor of this little-known holiday, we wanted to take a closer look at the top ten houseplants that have the ability to naturally improve the air quality in your home.


All of these indoor houseplants were analyzed by NASA in 1989. They found that each had a unique way to naturally cleanse the air of toxins that have a negative effect to your health. To read the full report from NASA, please visit this link. In case you didn’t want to read through NASA’s paper, we’ve summarized the top ten houseplants that act as natural air purifiers.


If you don’t have an air purifier in your home, or just want to take extra precautions, we would recommend adding a few of these houseplants to the most important areas of your home. It’s a great first step to improving the air quality inside your home.


Spathiphyllum - Peace Lily


1. Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily)


Often referred to as a Peace Lily, this beautiful evergreen plant is widely regarded to be easy to care for, even for those that don’t have a green thumb. They require very little light or water to remain healthy, which is one of the main reasons why they’re one of the most popular plants to keep in your home. In fact, Spathiphyllum should never be put in direct sun light, as the rays of sun may lead to leaf burn. While they are great to have inside your home, they also work remarkably well as a groundcover around your home, especially in areas where grass is hard to grow because of the shade.


NASA’s analysis of indoor houseplants revealed that the Peace Lily was the most efficient at removing airborne Volatile Organic Compounds, including formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene. Simply put it in a dark corner, give it water once a week and this little plant will help purify the air around that general area.

The major downside of Spathiphyllum, however, is that it is mildly toxic to both humans and pets. If you ingest any part of this plant, you may start to feel nauseous, experience difficulty when swallowing, or feel a burning sensation in your mouth or skin. If you start to feel any of these symptoms as a result of ingesting Spathiphyllum then it would be wise to seek medical help immediately.



Chrysanthemum Morifolium


2. Chrysanthemum morifolium (Florist’s Chrysanthemum)


Sometimes called Florist’s daisy or Hardy Garden Mum, this houseplant is another popular perennial plant that people like to have in their home. Unlike the Peace Lily, this houseplant loves direct sunlight and a medium amount of water.


With the proper care and right type of soil, the Chrysanthemum morifolium will start to produce lots of beautiful blooms of various colors. These blooms not only help brighten the room, they also help cleanse the air of many chemicals that are common in homes. These include formaldehyde, xylene, ammonia, benzene, toluene, and trichloroethylene.


Words of caution on this houseplant. While they are beautiful to have around, they are also poisonous to animals. If your dog or cat has ingested any part of this plant, they will likely experience diarrhea, dermatitis, vomiting and a lack of coordination. If your pet has consumed this plant, please call your veterinarian as soon as possible.



Epipremnum aureum


3. Epipremnum aureum (Devil’s Ivy)


Often called Devil’s Ivy or Golden Pothos, this popular houseplant is native to the Soloman Islands, but is can be found growing all over the world. With evergreen vines and small green heart-shaped leaves marbled with yellowish-white hues, this houseplant is commonly sold in decorative hanging baskets. It is best to keep Epipremnum aureum near a window, without direct sunlight shining down on it. The soil should be peaty with lots of moisture.


It’s one of the most popular houseplants not only because it looks good in your home, but also because it’s extremely easy to care for. The most important benefit of Epipremnum aureum is that it is quite efficient at cleansing the air of pollutants, such as benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene and formaldehyde.


However, this is another plant that can be toxic when ingested, especially for your pets. If you think your dog or cat has ingested part of this plant, they will likely experience vomiting, irritation and difficulty swallowing. Seek the advice of your veterinarian if you believe your pet has consumed this plant.



Dracaena reflexa


4. Dracaena reflexa (Red-Edged Dracaena)


Often called Red-Edged Dracaena or Pleomele, Dracaena reflexa is an upright evergreen shrub that produces narrow green, yellow or cream-colored leaves. Once the plant starts to mature, you may notice small white flowers start to bloom, shortly followed by small red-orange berries.


This low-maintenance plant is extremely popular in America not just because it looks cool, but also because it takes little work to keep it alive. All you need to do to keep this plant alive, is keep it in an area with indirect sunlight and keep the soil slightly moist.


According to the NASA Clean Air Study, Dracaena reflexa is one of the most efficient plants at removing formaldehyde from the air in your home, as well as other VOCs, including benzene, trichloroethylene, and xylene. However, keep your pets away from this plant, as it can be toxic to animals when ingested.



Sansevieria trifasciata


5. Sansevieria trifasciata (Snake Plant)


Often referred to as Snake Plant or Mother-In-Law’s Tongue, this evergreen perennial plant is another houseplant that is known to improve your indoor air quality. According to NASA, it is one of the best houseplants for absorbing airborne toxins, including formaldehyde, nitrogen oxide, benzene, xylene and trichloroethylene.


Even though it is native to Western Africa, Sansevieria trifasciatahas risen in popularity over the last few decades and is now widely grown all over the world. It’s a great plant to have indoors, as it can endure low amounts of light at long durations. However, it prefers to have plenty of bright light. Just make sure you don’t overwater this plant, as it is likely to rot if the soil is too moist for too long.


If you have no houseplants around your home, then Sansevieria trifasciata is one of the best for you to start off with. They grow well both inside and out, and they require very little maintenance. Just be careful if you have pets, as this plant may be toxic when it is ingested.



Rhapis excelsa


6. Rhapis excelsa (Lady Palm)


Most commonly called the Lady Palm or Broadleaf Lady Palm, Rhapis excelsa is another houseplant that would be beneficial to have around your home.


With a maximum height of approximately six feet, Rhapis excelsa is the perfect fan palm to have in a dark corner of your home. They are able to tolerate low-levels of light, high amounts of water and a wide range of temperatures. While this houseplant does prefer to live in moist soil, it does need to have the proper drainage available to avoid root rot.


Native to Asia, this evergreen perennial small palm can thrive in both indoor and outdoor environments. The best part, is that the NASA Clean Air Study discovered Rhapis excelsa to be one of the best houseplants at cleansing the air of formaldehyde, ammonia, xylene and toluene.



Anthurium andraeanum


7. Anthurium andraeanum (Flamingo Lily)


Most commonly called a Flamingo Lily or Laceleaf, Anthurium andraeanum is a beautiful evergreen plant that is most known for its gorgeous flowers. According to the NASA Clean Air Study, the Flamingo Lily was incredibly effective at removing airborne formaldehyde, ammonia, toluene and xylene in your home or office.


Unfortunately, Anthurium andraeanum isn’t the easiest plant to grow indoors. It is definitely not for those that don’t have a green thumb. If you decide to grow this houseplant, be sure you give it plenty of indirect light. The blooms love to soak in the rays, and you’ll be rewarded for weeks with their beauty. The hard part about this houseplant, is that it prefers high-humidity environments. If relative humidity falls below 50%, your plant may start to die. Having a humidifier in your home is the easiest way to avoid this. You also want to make sure the soil stays moist at all times.


Please note, Anthurium andraeanum is poisonous to both humans and animals. Caution must be taken with small children and pets. If they ingest any part of this plant, they will immediately start to have difficulty swallowing, horseness and blistering in their mouth and throat. If you experience any of these symptoms, please seek medical help immediately.



Hedera helix - English Ivy


8. Hedera helix (English Ivy)


Often called English Ivy or European Ivy, Hedera helix is another popular houseplant that helps filter airborne toxins inside your home. According to NASA’s Clean Air Study, English Ivy is effective at cleansing benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene from the air. Additionally, other studies have indicated that English Ivy also helps reduce mold in your home.


This evergreen climbing vine is extremely popular in outdoor landscaping. You may have seen it used as ground-cover in areas where grass doesn’t grow, or perhaps climbing up the side of a wall or tree trunk. Because of its “carefree” nature, it has grown in popularity over the years. However due to it spreading aggressively, horticulturists say you should be hesitant in using it outside and should only keep it as an indoor plant. This prevents it from invading other plants around your home, and has the added benefit of purifying the air in your home.


Caring for Hedera helix is relatively easy. Keep it at a constant temperature, give it plenty of direct sunlight and water generously with well-drained soil. If you can do these three things, English Ivy will return the love with cleaner air in your home.



Gerbera jamesonii - Barberton Daisy


9. Gerbera jamesonii (Barberton Daisy)


Most commonly known as a Barberton Daisy, Gerbera jamesonii is a beautiful flowering plant that is native to Eastern Africa. While it is intended and mainly used for outdoor use, it is becoming more popular to put them in containers for indoor use. This may be a wise decision for your indoor air quality, as NASA’s Clean Air Study found that Gerbera jamesonii is effective at cleansing the air of formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene.


Barberton daisy’s prefer full sun, plenty of water and well-drained soil. If you try to use this as an indoor houseplant, make sure you have it in an area that has plenty of natural light. It also thrives in moist soil. Be sure to keep the soil moist as often as possible, without over-watering it. Gerbera jamesonii is able to withstand a wide range of temperatures, so you don’t need to be concerned with keep your home at a specific temp.



Ficus benjamina - Weeping Fig


10. Ficus benjamina (Weeping Fig)


Most commonly known as a Weeping Fig or Ficus tree, Ficus benjamina is popular houseplant that is also very effective at purifying the air in your home. According to NASA’s Clean Air Study, Ficus benjamina was effective at cleansing airborne formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.


This low-maintenance, evergreen plant grows well both inside and out. If you use it as a houseplant, place it in an area that has plenty of bright indirect natural light. If you place it directly in the sun, it’s possible that the leaves will burn. Water it frequently, but to avoid root rot allow the soil to dry before adding more water. Ficus benjamina grows the best in higher temperatures, much like you would have in your home, as well as relative humidity levels above 50%.


Please note: this plant is poisonous to animals. If you have pets, especially dogs and cats, you may want to take extra precautions to make sure they do not ingest any part of this plant. If they do ingest Ficus benjamina, they will likely experience the following symptoms: vomiting, salivation, and oral irritation. Seek help from your veterinarian immediately.


Feb 20th

Age UK’s new partnership sees launch of daily living aid range and e-commerce site

By Mary B

Recent research has found that retaining independence in later life is fundamental for well-being. With this in mind, Age UK Trading, part of Age UK’s social enterprise, has expanded its range of independent living products. The new selection of handy household support items and personal care products has been developed in partnership with NRS Healthcare and have been launched in conjunction with Age UK’s new e-commerce site so all products can be purchased online, the first time the Charity has offered this.


Age UK Trading is introducing the range to help combat some of the obstacles faced by those in later life, ensuring that older people can stay independent for longer. The new range comprises approximately 350 specially designed products created to assist with daily tasks. These include items designed to help with food and drink preparation; such as easy-grip cutlery, jar-openers and reaching aids; gardening and household products; such as non-slip mats, safety rails and tools, as well as personal care products, like flexible back sponges, cushions and bath seats. Items start at just £1.50.


Helena King, Head of Affinity and Product Development at Age UK, comments: “At Age UK our mission is to help people enjoy a better later life. We understand that in order to be truly happy at home it's important to feel safe and comfortable so we are delighted to be working with NRS Healthcare to offer a new range of daily living aids. Whether it's getting around more easily or being able to sit down comfortably, our new range of daily living aids can help make life easier, ensuring older people can continue living in their home for longer.”


Stephen Kennedy, Commercial Director at NRS Healthcare says, “We are extremely proud to partner with Age UK and believe that the combination of leading charity and product supplier will hugely benefit those looking to maintain independence in later life. This is just the first phase of what will become a full range that will develop over time to become the best offer available to all those who need products to assist them in their daily tasks.”



Age UK has worked with NRS to identify areas of demand amongst older people and create a range of products that combine quality, ease of use and necessity. The new daily living aids are available to buy online at www.ageukmobilityaids.co.uk or by calling 0800 731 0003 (Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5.00pm). Those looking to purchase items online will also be able to benefit from the telephone customer support team who will be on hand to assist in case of any difficulties.




A guest blog on behalf of Age UK and NRS Healthcare 

Feb 13th

Some Things Just Don’t Change

By Maureen J

A year ago I was getting bright eyed and bushy-tailed because I was going to Sri Lanka. While I was away, an old and very dear friend was taken into hospital. He had fallen in the shower. A week later he returned home, only to slip and fall again. He sustained nothing more than severe bruising on both occasions, but on the second occasion, the hospital decided to keep him in for observation. When I arrived home in March, six weeks after my departure, I visited T in Llandough Hospital near Penarth, (its part of the University Hospital of Wales complex). On arrival at the geriatric ward, I was almost bowled over by the stench pervading the whole place and was less than impressed by the general air of grubbiness. Certainly not what I expected to find in any hospital, let alone a teaching hospital, but T was bright and able to chat. Still nothing had been discovered with regard to the cause of his falls, nor the reason why he could not remember falling. His diabetes was being controlled and he hoped to be home soon.

Except that he didn’t return home, so my next visit took place about three or four weeks later. When I arrived after the long drive from my home to the hospital involving one and a half hours of motorway driving in each direction, I was appalled to find him semi-conscious; in a cot with side-rails and attached to an intravenous drip. He had succumbed to some hospital infection. Over the next ten months, he held on to life; developed leg ulcers; was transferred to the Heath Hospital in Cardiff where his left foot was amputated;  then was shuttled back to Llandough Hospital, and later to Barry Hospital from where he was ultimately discharged two weeks ago.

Now he is home, the full horror of his story is emerging. His daughter, upon asking the doctor when her father could go home, was rudely snapped at and told it was impossible to arrange a necessarily expensive care-package. T told how he and other patients would be left without even a cup of tea in the morning until ten o’clock. If they dared to ask a nurse for help or a cup of tea, they were shouted at and told that there was no time.

I visited T last Sunday at his daughter’s, where he is living. Already, the T whom we all knew so well is emerging from his traumatic experiences. He was sitting up in bed, clean and well groomed, just like the T of former times. Several friends and family members had visited during the preceding week. I learned he had been sent home in an ambulance, but without any medication. The local nurse who was waiting for him, and now attends him twice a day, immediately volunteered to go to the hospital where she collected the medication that should have arrived with him. It was wonderful to see T tuck into one of his favourite meals while I was there. For the first time, I saw clean dressings on his remaining foot. The nurse deals with these and changes them regularly, while male carers come in three times daily to help with his personal care.

His story reminded me of similar horrors I had witnessed while visiting my aunt at the Heath Hospital about thirteen years ago. My cousin used to travel from Caerphilly, where she was a sub-postmistress, twice every day bringing what she knew her mother would eat and drink and to stay with her for the duration of each visiting time. On one occasion I visited too and was appalled at what I saw. Fortunately, my aunt was only there a short time because my cousin unceremoniously took her home when, on one evening visit, she found her mother in tears. She was ashamed to admit she’d soiled her bed. Having called and rung the bell in vain for a bed-pan, she had lost control. In a very short time my cousin had organised the staff into providing clean bedding, as well as washing and changing her mother. Then she announced to the ward-sister that she needed a wheel-chair and that she was taking her mother home immediately. The ward-sister once again became somewhat belligerent, but was soon subdued and made to understand that this decision was not negotiable. 


 Much of what I had witnessed I brought to the notice of the then, Minister of Health at the Welsh Assembly, Jane Hutt AM and her Deputy-minister John Griffiths AM, who had special responsibility for older people. My letter (of which I have a copy) was acknowledged, but my suggestion; that they visit incognito and without prior notice or the tell-tale presence of an entourage, and do a spot-check of the geriatric ward on Level 13 in the Heath Hospital to witness for themselves the neglect of the older patients, was not taken up. Now, in 2015, having seen for myself the state of geriatric wards in major hospital in Wales, I am tempted to say, despite all the current publicity and protestations of politicians – some things just do not change. 

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