Your Pets Need Sun Protection Too!

Posted: May 21st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, FAMILIES, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Most of us realize that spending too much time in the Sun is detrimental to our health. And what many of us don’t realize that is too much sun exposure for our pets is just as dangerous so we need to take the exact same precautions for our dogs and cats.

IIt is your responsibility as a pet owner to make sure you protect your pet as you would a member of your family. However, don’t use human products to protect your pets. Some ingredients are toxic to dogs such as zinc which is used in many human products is toxic to dogs and causes GI problems and anemia.

Dogs and cats also suffer from sunburns, skin irritations, skin cancers, heat stroke and dehydration as well as sore and burnt feet and especially noses. Some easy sun care tips can help you keep even the most active pet healthier when exposed to the sun.

Dogs and cats with thin hair coats, light-colored noses, and white fur are most at risk from sun exposure. Pets with white fur or areas with white fur where the coat is thinner are also at risk. All dogs are at risk in areas of the body with less fur, such as the groin and belly. If Fido or your cat likes to lie in the sun on his or her back, you should give him or her a slather of sunscreen on the belly specially made for pets.

A dog’s nose is highly sensitive and can become very painful when their tissues are dry, chapped or cracked. A natural nose balm for dogs has nourishing, healing and moisturizing ingredients. The soothing balm can be applied to a dog’s nose as a preventative measure for dryness or cracking or it can be used to treat painful cracking and dryness that has already occurred. It’s like chapstik for dogs!

Another method of sun protection is covering them up or keeping them in the shade. An idea for camping or the beach is a little pup tent that will fit in a small space along with everything else that was packed, will set up in minutes, and will provide much needed shade where nature didn’t provide. Light, wet towels are great to drape on them when they’re still and when you’re on the go a light beach or sun suit will block the UV rays.

When we get overheated running around in hot weather, we often put a wet towel around our necks. And when our dogs get hot, we often do the same for them hoping it will help them in the high heat. Better to dampen their paws. It’s the paws that help a dog release heat, so dip those pads in cool (but not cold) water for a quick pick up. You can even rub the paws with an alcohol wipe in a pinch, and the wipes are easy to carry on walks and hikes in your pocket.

The sun is not only harmful to their skin but also can cause damage to their eyes. A dog hat protects your dog’s sensitive areas of the face from sun’s damage. Or for the more adventurous, dress your pup in Doggles. These cool looking sunglasses have a deep lens cup, flexible frame, and wider nose bridge and comfy head strap. They have 100% UV protection, are shatterproof and are antifog. In fact, vets recommend them.

Think about the fact that your pets feet are bare while walking on the hot surface. That becomes very painful. If your dog swims a lot or has wet feet for a good period of time, it softens up his paws and makes hot pavement dangerous. Small dogs and cats should be carried over hot pavement and for larger dogs there are beach booties, some are disposable. Walking long distances on pavement or sand is not good for dogs in the summer. Try to stay on the grass as much as possible. If their paws do get burnt you can apply a paw balm which will reduce the chances of burns and injuries from heat, cold or rocky terrain.

And often with the strong sun comes the high heat. Way too many pets die each year from ignorant owners leaving their pet confined in cars and other places when the heat is dangerously high. Pets at risk for heat stroke include those with a dense hair coat such as the golden Retrievers, Border Collies, and Chows, etc. or ANY pet in direct sunlight for longer than 30 minutes when the temperature is greater than 90F. Make sure you always have water and bowl on hand and try to stay out of the sun between the hours of 10:00 and 4:00. Make sure you limit the amount of time you spend in direct sun to 15 to 30 minutes for those dogs easiest to burn and heat stroke. By the way, direct sunlight includes lounging on the inside of the porch glass door.

Always make sure when it gets above 85 degrees, be careful when exercising your dog outdoors. For most dogs, moderate activity for 30 minutes is good. But when the temps exceed 95 degrees, it’s probably best for both of you to leave out the outdoor exercises until it cools down. Try to go for walks or jogs either early in the day or evening, or try to stay on shaded trails.

When your dog start’s to have fast or labored breathing, starts to refuse walking, or acts unhappy, your dog may be overheating. When this happens you should stop, rest, give your dog water and find a cooler place. Mostly just do for them what you would do for yourself. Keep your pets safe from the sun, as well as yourself!puppy-in-garden-1442627-m

Protect your Eyes with a Variety of Sports Sunglasses

Posted: May 15th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, SPORTS | Tags: , , , | No Comments »


We have to love modern technology because it has given us a wonderful range of sports sunglasses frames and sports sunglasses lenses. They are made to both enhance and stand up to the demands of the sports enthusiast with lightweight, flexible, durable materials, no-slip frames and a wide variety of lens options. The sports sunglasses and discount sunglasses are made to suit whatever sporting activity you might be considering whether it be golfing, skiing, snow boarding, playing tennis, motorcycling, cycling, kayaking, boating, water skiing, fishing, mountain climbing, snow shoeing, mountain biking, playing baseball, running or jogging the options have never been more abundant.

In fact, one of the most important aspects of the sports sunglasses is the lenses. The optical quality and visual enhancement of sports lenses has never been better. Lens colors such as brown, yellow, green, gray, rose, amber and orange can help enhance your sports performance by filtering out colors and allowing you to see what is most important. Polycarbonate lenses are a popular choice as they are impact resistant and very strong which is helpful when it comes to sports. If you have lenses that are impact resistant is also a necessary factor when it comes to children wearing sunglasses, impact resistant means the lenses won’t shatter if knocked are bumped.

In regards to sports sunglasses, polarized lenses are another popular option as they are ideal for water and winter sports where water and snow can increase the reflective glare, especially on flat surfaces. Polarized sunglasses lenses absorb approximately ninety eight percent of reflective glare offering glare free vision for your sporting activities. Polarized sunglasses are excellent choices for boating, water skiing, skiing, snow boarding, golfing, motorcycling, cycling and jogging with polarized lenses also available in ski goggles. Polarized sunglasses come in a wide variety of designs, colors and styles and are affordable.

The truth is that sports sunglasses will not shatter or bend like regular sunglasses might. Another reason for wearing protective sports sunglasses is simply for their UV protection. In fact, you should look for at least 98% UVA and UVB protection when selecting your sports sunglasses because without proper eye protection, sunburn of the eyes can happen. The tinted ski goggles available can also assist with seeing the subtle bumps and lines of the ski hill which in turn can ensure your overall safety.

There are sports sunglasses available for whatever types of sports you and your family are interested in. Where ever you buy your sunglasses from, always be sure that the quality of your sports sunglasses is high. By selecting high quality designer sunglasses lenses and sports sunglasses frames you will be protecting your eyes from damage, while at the same time enhancing your sporting activity to the fullest. Have fun and stay safe.

Too Much Sun Exposure Can Lead to Heart Attack and Stroke

Posted: May 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, News, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »


The excess UV rays from the Sun is not the only danger you could be facing. Believe it or not, a recent study has found that too much vitamin D from the Sun can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

It is known that having too little vitamin D can be dangerous to our health as well. However as they say too much of anything- even a good thing can be quite bad for you. This goes with having too much vitamin D.The recent study by the University of Copenhagen warned of the connection between cardiovascular deaths and high levels of vitamin D.
Vitamin D is made by the skin in reaction to sunlight or found in eggs, fortified cereals, oily fish, spreads or supplements. The purpose of Vitamin D is to help regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body keeping bones and teeth healthy.

Too little vitamin D can lead to bone pain or even deformities, such as rickets, as well as a tenderness as a result of a condition in adults called osteomalacia.

People who take too many vitamin D supplements over a long period can cause more calcium to be absorbed than can be excreted. If there is an excess amount of calcium deposited in the kidneys, this damage them.Too much vitamin D can also encourage calcium to be removed from bones, which can in the end make them soft and weak.
The new study published in the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism warned for the first time of the effect on heart health. It has been discovered that having too much vitamin D in our blood can be bad for our health has never been proven before.

The professor of clinical medicine at the University of Copenhagen stated that the healthiest amount of Vitamin D in your body is between 50-100 nanomol per litre. If you have less than 50, you will end up with ailments associated with having too little vitamin D in your system. If you have over 100 nanomol per litre, it has been found that appears that there is an increased risk of dying from a stroke or a heart attack.

Being mindful of the foods you eat or supplements you take that contain vitamin D is one way to stay healthy, as well as staying protected from the Sun

The ABCs of Skin Cancer

Posted: April 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »


The biggest reason to protect yourself from UV rays which are emitted from the Sun is the fact that it poses a huge risk for skin cancer. The fact of the matter is, skin cancer is the most frequently diagnosed malignancy in the world. However, the good news is, researchers theorize that nearly every case of skin cancer is curable if it is detected early. That being said, learning about signs of skin cancer can be a life saver for you, literally.

Most people do not realize this, but the signs of skin cancer can be described by a popular alphabetical mnemonic, or memory trick. Chances are you have heard about the ABCs of skin cancer, each letter indicates a certain characteristic of those skin sores, or lesions, which may be cancerous. For instance, “A” refers to asymmetry, because cancerous skin lesions are often shaped irregularly.

The second sign of a cancerous lesion, designated as “B,” is a reminder that skin cancers, unlike normal moles or other skin tumors, often lack borders that are defined. The letter “C” stands for color, because cancer sores are often red, blue, white, or black in appearance, and look very different from benign growths on your skin.

The size or diameter of the skin lesion, is described by “D,” and reminds people that growths that are greater than a quarter of an inch in size should be evaluated by a doctor. Finally, the last letter in the mnemonic is “E,” which refers to elevation. Skin cancers are often raised above the surface of the skin, and the surface is uneven.

There are other signs that characterize this type of cancer. These include the presence of sores that do not heal. These sores may begin to bleed or drain yellowish fluid for a time, then scab over and appear as though they are healing. They do not heal, however, but begin to drain and then scab over again.

Occasionally, cancerous tumors may grow from a mole or freckle. More often, however, these tumors appear as new growths on the surface of the skin. The presence of a new growth that can be described by any of the letters described above is a red flag. Those who discover these growths on their body should see a physician right away.

Even though it is uncommon, these sores may sometimes be tender or painful. Sometimes, they can itch, however most of the time they do not cause tenderness or itching.

If you have fair or freckled skin, or if you frequently experience prolonged exposure to sunlight, or if anyone in your family has ever had skin cancer, be aware of these signs of skin cancer. Identifying a sore that may be skin cancer in its early stage may save your life!

Vitamin D Can be Found in Other Sources Besides the Sun

Posted: April 22nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »



Even though a lot of people are aware of the dangers of being over exposed to the dangerous UV Rays, they also fear not getting enough Sun due to not receiving their daily dose of Vitamin D.

Vitamin D is very important for you to get enough of because it helps your body absorb and use calcium and phosphorous for strong bones and teeth. Vitamin D als helps reduce the odds of older adults getting osteoporosis. This vitamin also helps strengthen the immune system, and helps reduce the odds of you getting diseases such as multiple sclerosis and some types of cancer such as colorectal cancer. Therefore, it is absolutely true that everyone needs to get enough Vitamin D into their systems. However, the good news is, there are other sources to receive this important vitamin from besides the Sun.

Firstly, everyone can take a Vitamin D supplement if they are afraid they are not consuming enough foods that are rich in it. People need at least 600 IU a day, but should not exceed 4000 IU. The following foods are rich in Vitamin D-

– 1/2 cup of Orange Juice has 50 IU
– 1 cup of soy beverage has 123 IU
– 1 cup of milk (fat or skim) has 105 IU
– 3/4 of a cup of yogurt has 70 IU
– 2 large eggs has 90 IU
– 3 slices of deli meat has 50 IU
– 2.5 oz of beef has 40 IU
– 2.5 oz of salmon has 700 IU
– 2.5 oz of snapper has 400 IU
– 2.5 oz of Whitefish has 370 IU
– 2.5 oz of Mackerel has 350 IU
– 2.5 of Herring has 160 IU
– 2.5 oz of trout has 200 IU
– 2.5 of sardines has 140 IU
– 2.5 oz of halibut has 140 IU
– 2.5 oz of tuna has 60 IU
– 1 tsp of cod liver oil has 430 IU
– 1 tsp of margarine has 25 IU

This is a general guide of how much Vitamin D you are getting from the foods you eat. Remember, if you feel you are not getting at least 600 IU of the vitamin a day, you can always take a supplement. There is no need to rely on the Sun for that, because the risks outweigh the benefits. Especially now that you are aware that you can get this important vitamin from other sources than the Sun!

How you Can Make Teaching Children About Sun Protection Fun

Posted: April 15th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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It would have been extremely advantageous to us if we had learned about Sun protection while we were younger. Due to the awareness now about how damaging UV rays are, and knowing how much exposure we had while we were children to the Sun, we are constantly worrying about diseases like melanoma.

Back in the day we loved the idea of having a tan. However, today we know any tan is a sign of skin damage. Skin cancer and premature aging comes from this skin damage over a period of years typically starting in childhood. The best way to keep skin youthful and prevent skin cancer is to start protecting your skin from harmful UV rays when you are young. This is why it is crucial to teach children about the dangers of UV rays and too much Sun exposure. You can teach children the following methods about what happens if you spend too much time in the Sun.

Emulation – A big part of child development is the imitation of parents, teachers and older siblings. One of the easiest (and least confrontational) ways to teach a young child sun protection is to have these important people in a child’s life dress and act as if they are protecting themselves.

1. When outdoors have everyone wear sun protective clothing, a sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.

2. Be sure to head for the shade when possible.

3. Talk about sun protection. Make being sun safe as common place as looking both ways before crossing the street.

Peer Pressure – Be sure to talk about sun protection with other parents, camp councilors, schools administrators, etc. Together you can see that everybody is participating in minimizing their UV exposure. When making sun precautions “all the rage”, it’s hard to forget or argue.

If possible, get the “leader of the pack” or popular kids to wear sun protective clothing and a sun hat. That should really help you get the ball rolling.

Fun -Here are some ideas for making sun safety fun:

1. Small children love rhymes. When the sun is high overhead, point to the ground and say “Short shadow, seek shade” and have fun racing to the nearest shaded area.

2. Let kids pick their own sun protective outfits. Some of the new designs are colorful and feel fun to wear.

3. Put out paint, fabric cut in fun shapes, and other materials that could decorate a hat, and have your child “design” their own sun hat … maybe even hats for the whole family. You may even what to have a hat painting party and get everybody into it.

Easy – Putting on sunscreen can be a chore unless you are using the Kinesys Sun Protection products. Even if you apply easy to use sunscreen, be sure to wear clothing made of sun protective fabric as well.

Five Tips on Protecting Your Hair from UV Rays

Posted: April 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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Feeling the warmth of sunshine in your hair feels nice. However, if you’re not careful and you don’t protect your head when you go out under the sun, you are more than likely to damage your hair.

Your skin and eyes are not the only things that UV rays can damage. Everytime you overexpose your hair to the Sun, you also risk exposure to ultraviolet radiation. UV rays can penetrate the protective cuticle layer of your individual hair strands and therefore damage their cortex. Whenever your hair’s cortex is damaged, your strands become weak and their elasticity is lost. Eventually, they become dull and dry as well as prone to breakage. Not to mention, the colors can also fade.

Regardless of how much you love the sunshine, it’s extremely important that you protect your hair from possible damage from UV ray exposure. Below listed are some steps on how to do that.

1. Be Sure to Always use sun shielding hair care products. The fact of the matter is, if you spend a lot of time out of doors, you must use hair care products designed to protect your hair against the harmful effects of sunlight. These products will prevent UV rays from penetrating the cuticle layers of your strands. Be sure to always choose hair care products that have a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 25 to get the most protection for your hair.

2. Always condition your hair first before going out. Conditioners that are left on are supposed to coat each and every strand of hair. The coating will reflect UV rays away from your head and prevent these rays from penetrating the cuticle layer. Not to mention, they also replenish the moisture and nutrients your locks are bound to lose when you’re out under the sun.

3. Make sure you avoid going out when the sun is too hot. You should really stay indoors when the sun is hottest. When the sun is at its hottest is when the UV rays are at their strongest. If you really must go out, you should at least cover your head by wearing a hat or a scarf.

4. Make sure you wash your hair with clarifying shampoo. The one drawback that using SPF-rich leave-on conditioners have is they tend to build up on the hair and scalp. To get rid of that product buildup and to maintain the volume and fluffiness of your hair, try to wash your locks with clarifying shampoo once a week. You can also use apple cider vinegar diluted with water as that will help quite a bit.

5. Be sure to deep condition your hair. Aside from your daily conditioner and conditioner that you leave on, you should make a habit of deep conditioning your hair at least once a week. Deep conditioners will feed your scalp and hair roots with protein, Vitamin E and antioxidants to keep them healthy. If you have a healthy scalp, your hair will grow naturally soft, shiny and beautiful.

As said, sunshine feels great on your hair. However, as you know, too much of a good thing can be bad for you. Too much sunlight is definitely bad for the hair, but with proper care, you can enjoy sunshine on your tresses without damaging your hair!

The Causes of Wrinkling Due to Sun Exposure

Posted: April 3rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »



Did you know that wrinkles from sun exposure around the eye area is very common? Listed below are common causes of them on a cellular or molecular level. By the way, a similar cellular process can lead to the formation of a skin cancer. That being said, it is exposure to radiation that causes that.

Sun UV Rays

Scientists use the term radiation to describe energy travelling through space, and UV rays of sunlight are a form.

Exposure to radiation in large doses can cause poisoning, and the symptoms  include nausea and vomiting. If you are exposed to small doses over a long period of time, it  causes other health complications.

No one can predict how or when the symptoms will appear. Due to that, the health problems caused by exposure to small amounts of radiation over a long period of time can affect people in different ways. Some could end up with skin cancer, or other forms of cancer, others could develop other health disorders.  It’s important to use a Broad Spectrum sunscreen that helps to moisturize the skin.

People who work in areas that expose them to high levels of radiation such as X-ray technicians must wear tags monitoring their exposure levels. When levels become too high, they may have to choose a different field or else their health will be at risk.

What happens in the cell when UV rays hit them?

Inside of the skin’s cells are molecules which are known as free radicals. They react to many environmental factors such as the radiation from the sun.

UV rays stimulate the free radicals, causing them to search for an electron to replace the one they are missing. During their search, they may steal electrons from the cell’s protective membrane or from its DNA strands. As a result, damage starts to happen.

However, some of the damage is repaired and this leads to wrinkles from sun exposure. DNA mutations or changes caused by free radicals can eventually lead to the formation of a skin cancer cell. Look for a sunscreen with topical antioxidants (Vitamin E or C).

Beware of Dehydration While Out in the Heat

Posted: March 30th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, SPORTS, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , | No Comments »


When you are out during prolonged periods in the Sun, exposure to UV Rays is not the only danger. Spending too much time in the heat can cause dehydration. Dehydration is one of the heat related illness caused by the loss of water and salts from the body of a person. Children mostly become victim of such heat illness and it is fact that once a child get affected by the dehydration, regaining health is extremely difficult. Here is some effective knowledge for you by whom you can protect your body as well as your family from the problem of dehydration.

A wide range of diseases and states that impair water homeostasis in the body can cause dehydration. Some of them include diarrhea, vomiting, yellow fever, excessive sweating, prolonged exposure to dry air and sun, physical activity without consuming any fluids or water, and malnutrition.

We all must be aware of the symptoms and signs of dehydration which are:

  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Headache or nausea
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dry mouth and dry skin
  • Reduced amount of urine production that is usually dark yellow. In severe condition there may be no urine output at all.
  • Flushed face with sunken eyes
  • Absence of tears while crying
  • Lack of sweating
  • In most severe cases, delirium or unconsciousness.

From such signs, we can easily identify the disease. But we should also be aware of the preventive measures of such illness which are for you as-

  • Drink at least 8 ounce glasses of fluid everyday during summer.
  • Avoid dark colored clothes and wear loose fitting clothes.
  • Avoid caffeinated and carbonated beverages.
  • Sport athletes should drink sports drinks as they are flavored and are high in sodium.
  • Drink before, during and after strenuous activity to replace the loss of fluid through sweat.
  • Protect your skin with sun block and stay in cool and shaded areas. Use an umbrella every time you walk out in the hot sun.

How to Cure Dehydration

You can treat dehydration by drinking lot of fluids that will retain the water level in the body.

The children may be cured by using an oral dehydration solution such as pedialyte, WHO-ORS for children who have diarrhea, vomiting and fever. You can even make your own oral rehydration solution by mixing a half teaspoon salt, a half teaspoon baking soda, 3 tablespoons sugar and 1 liter of filtered drinking water. Make sure the measurements are apt as the excess or less may be harmful or less effective respectively.

For adults the best dehydration treatment is intake of more water. Avoid fruit juices, sodas and beverages that contain caffeine.

The use of carbonated drinks to get relief from such hot condition may prove harmful for your health. It is mostly seen that most of us prefer different drinks which are black in color (which clarifies that it is carbonated) for getting rid from such exhausted condition which is really harmful for the human health. We also should avoid drinks with caffeine. However, severe dehydration should be treated by the expert doctors as the severity may even lead to death. In such cases the essential fluids are passed through vein and not orally.

Be careful while out in the heat, and be sure to stay hydrated!

UV Radiation Does Not Only Come From the Sun

Posted: March 26th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , | No Comments »


Most people realize how important it is to protect themselves from the harmful rays of the sun. However, only a few people understand how UV rays threaten their health in other ways that they would not have even thought of. UV radiation that is very harmful can also reach us by being reflected or scattered up from lower surfaces and cause damage to our eyes and skin.

The fact of the matter is that UV radiation travels in a straight line from the sun to the earth. Any living being will absorb these rays, while a number of surfaces reflect them such as snow, sand, and water. Most people were taught to stay out of the sun in order to protect ourselves from skin cancer, premature aging and sunburn. However, many do not realize how important it is to protect against the reflective rays of the sun, which are almost as strong rays that are direct. For instance, white paint can reflect as much as over 20% of a full dose of sun, and dry beach sand reflects over 15% and snow can reflect the Sun’s rays up to nearly 90%!

Below listed are some examples where reflective rays may be causing you damage, and you may not even realize it.

– Standing next to a car

– Snow skiing

– Sitting under an umbrella

– Deep sea fishing, even under a Bimini

The truth is, even wearing a wide brim sun hat does not protect you from rogue UV radiation. Random rays of sunlight can strike your face and neck from below the brim of the hat when reflecting off of lower surfaces.

Because children’s skin is thinner and more sensitive, they are in even more danger. In fact, babies under six months old should not be in direct sunlight at all, so be aware of reflected radiation when you position your baby’s stroller. Keeping reflective rays in mind will help you go far in protecting your young ones from sun related problems in the future.

Being conscious of the wily nature of UV rays is important for enjoying your time outdoors and still keeping you and your family sun safe. The reminder again to stay safe is to wear sun protective clothing, a wide brim sun hat, sunscreen and 100% UV protective sunglasses. When sun protective clothing is not practical, such as over the face, apply broad spectrum sunscreen. With these simple rules in mind you can enjoy the outdoors and your health and safety at the same time

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