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Khurram Hanif, M.D. is board certified in internal medicine with a sub-specialty in gastroenterology, which involves diseases and disorders of the stomach and intestines.

Dr. Hanif completed his fellowship at the Veterans Administration in Washington, DC and his residency at Saint Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He earned his medical school degree at King Edward Medical University in Pakistan. This college was established in 1860 and is one of the oldest medical institutions in the South Asia.

Expert Articles by Khurram Hanif, M.D.

Digestive Health

Bloated, heartburn, or bitter taste after eating? It might be GERD
Sometimes we think that if we wait long enough, whatever symptoms we are having will just disappear. However, there is no reason to suffer needlessly if you have acid reflux that refuses to go away. C...

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Aging and Longevity

Your elderly parent fell? This could change everything
There are rarely any easy answers when circumstances for seniors change quickly due to illness or injury. The best approach for adult children is to gather as much information as possible, turn to tru...
Choose a trustworthy and qualified caregiver for your elderly parent
Choosing a caregiver for your parent is an important decision, and it can be an emotional one as well. The caregiver that you choose assumes a great deal of responsibility; he or she becomes a part of...
Empower yourself as a senior because you deserve a better lifestyle
This may seem pretty serious and business-like, but when you think about it, the business of life is very serious and your future independence relies on it. You have earned your seniority position in ...
Prevent falls as a senior by creating a safer living environment
Fall prevention is protecting our seniors. This issue has become such a meaningful matter that our Senate has passed a bill making September 22, National Fall Prevention Awareness day. We don’t want...
Discover in-home healthcare options that are safe and comfortable
Today’s healthcare options range from home care and medical alert systems to assisted living and skilled nursing homes. When choosing the right care option, it’s important to consider your health ...
Live longer and feel younger by delaying old age as late as possible
Aging is inevitable, however, old age is optional and personal. It depends on your state of mind and your beliefs about aging. Becoming a vibrant youthful thinking independent 80 year old is far more ...
Embrace the change of moving into an assisted living facility
You can choose to view your move to an assisted living facility as a life sentence or as a new chapter, brimming with possibilities. The way in which you view your circumstances is your choice to make...
Choose a qualified in-home caregiver from a reliable provider
Everyone is different and has unique support needs, so the biggest piece of advice I can offer is to ask a lot of questions and get to know the individuals and companies well before committing to them...
Keep your independence with the help of an in-home care agency
Choosing a caregiver agency can be a daunting prospect, but the information presented here should provide a checklist to make the interviewing and selection easier.The main things to remember are that...
Reduce the effects of aging using vitamin and nutrient supplements
Supplementing your diet with the correct amount of vitamins and other dietary supplements is key in optimizing your health, especially at old age. Make sure you get your fill of omega-3 fats, probioti...
Overcome your fear of death by embracing love and happiness
So as you can see, most of this advice is about living with love, and in the present moment. Whether we’re living a normal life in normal time, or whether we’re in the end or last stages of life, ...
A life coach can help you reduce stressful decisions in retirement
Those of us who have coached clients know the extraordinary impact coaching can have on people’s lives. Be committed to having a fulfilling life and don’t settle for anything less. Feel empowered ...
Planning and preparation can help with the care of aging parents
While no one likes to talk about these issues, it is critical to have a legal and financial plan in place. There are many situations in which a medical crisis occurs, and while last minute planning ma...
Age gracefully with a positive attitude, strong mind and healthy body
The secret to aging gracefully is taking good care of yourself as you age. Drastic measures like plastic surgery can be avoided by taking the right steps to stay healthy, strong and lean. The sooner y...
Expect spiritual expansion and change when experiencing hospice
The above material hopefully has help you see how your spiritual life can greatly expand through the hospice experience. Let’s all take the time and energy to dive deeper into our spiritual lives an...
Forgetful? Memory enhancement is still possible as you age
Medical advances have made it possible for us to have a much longer lifespan. We all know we should eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and control our stress, but now there is another factor to c...
Help managing Parkinson's disease symptoms and getting treatment
There are still many questions that need to be answered about PD related to causes, diagnosis, symptoms and treatments. Studies and clinical trials are being conducted around the globe. It is imperati...
Embrace hospice as a guide on the journey through terminal illness
There arguably is no more compelling example of compassionate care in our healthcare system today than hospice. Hospice staff and volunteers can be angels on earth, whether they are providing care in ...
Ensure you track and take your medications on time
It is very important that you take your medications as prescribed, on time, and in the correct dosage. It is also equally important to ensure you are taking the medication you are supposed to be takin...
What can older adults expect from assisted living communities?
Assisted living communities provide a wonderful option for seniors to maintain as much independence as possible, with the security of knowing that, as their needs change, they can receive support and ...
Understand Alzheimer’s disease and the care options available
The prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease in our country is increasing rapidly. It is critical to understand the distinctions between normal memory loss associated with aging and very specific impairmen...
Using modern technology can help elderly people with dementia
While researchers and scientists focus on finding a cure for dementia, the person living with the disease is often left out in the cold. Technology, when delivered appropriately, can be a huge tool in...
Age beautifully and gracefully to help stay healthy and happy
Aging well is really all about being happy and healthy at each stage of life. No age is better than another and being young is no better than being old- each one has its charm. You are the creator of ...
You may be able to stay in your house with home care assistance
Home care is right choice for millions of Americans to help them stay in their homes for many years safely and comfortably. Often times this option is more cost efficient than skilled nursing homes fo...

Digestive Health

Prevent stomach aches and abdominal pain in your child
Frightening and perplexing as it may be, most types of abdominal pain are not serious and resolve quickly, however parents should be mindful of duration and accompanying symptoms....
Use kegels to prevent and treat urinary incontinence
Your pelvic floor will sag and be responsible for many symptoms. First, be aware that these muscles exist. The pelvic floor and the pelvic floor muscles are invisible, so it is easy to forget about th...
Kegels can help frequent urination and healthy bowel movements
Some habits can be good. Developing a habit to workout your PC muscles, that will effect everything that you do, will stand you in nothing but good stead. It usually takes 6-8 weeks to embed a thought...
Learn how to manage Crohn’s disease both physically and emotionally
Managing and getting treatment for Crohn’s disease can often be difficult, but luckily there is treatment and medication available that can help you feel well. A healthy lifestyle, both physically a...
Get help if you suffer from chronic indigestion, GERD, or acid reflux
Feeling, looking and being your very best isn’t that difficult, but it does require a little time, energy and money. If your car’s carburetor or fuel-injection system isn’t functioning normally,...
Maintain a healthy liver with diet and exercise to prevent disease
Liver disease can be potentially life threatening, but many cases are preventable. Making regular appointments with your doctor, following healthy habits like diet, exercise, lifestyle changes and bei...
Know what to do if you are diagnosed with celiac disease
Celiac disease is a journey and your doctor will be a very important resource in educating you about your condition, helping you to make the necessary lifestyle changes and monitoring your response to...
Bloated, heartburn, or bitter taste after eating? It might be GERD
Sometimes we think that if we wait long enough, whatever symptoms we are having will just disappear. However, there is no reason to suffer needlessly if you have acid reflux that refuses to go away. C...
New treatments for Crohn's disease can help you manage the symptoms
There are many autoimmune and immune-mediated diseases—including Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, multiple sclerosis, type-1 diabetes, autism and psoriasis—whose symptoms researchers think c...
How fitness can help you maintain your overall digestive health
Whether you want to improve digestion, or speed up your metabolism, yoga is an excellent way to do it! Yoga poses like Chair, Childs Pose, and Cat/Cow will ensure that your body runs like clockwork!...
Treat and manage symptoms of GERD to help keep you healthy
For anyone diagnosed with GERD, or for individuals who experience periodic heartburn, it’s important to understand that GERD is a permanent condition whose symptoms will typically progress over time...
Important tools for identifying and monitoring GERD
Preventing heartburn is easy to do with simple lifestyle changes
Heartburn is felt when stomach acid flows back up into the esophagus. At least 15 million Americans experience heartburn every day, according to the American College of Gastroenterology.It’s better ...
Take control of acid reflux with good dietary and lifestyle habits
There are a whole host of things you should and shouldn’t do when it comes to acid reflux. However the most important aspect to remember is that acid reflux is an individualized condition. Meaning w...
What to do and when to seek help when you get kidney stones
Kidney stones can have multiple causes and can present with flank pain, blood in the urine, nausea/vomiting, fever and kidney obstruction. Timely visits to a urologist or Emergency Department can quic...

Caring for Aging Parents

Advice for elderly families in transition
Having parents or elders age forces conversations between parents and children around elder’s wishes on housing, care and end of life directives. These can be uncomfortable conversations but are nec...
Help your elderly parent maintain independence with good communication
Many of these suggestions are common themes in successful communication between adults. Mutual respect and courtesy is a must, and developing new skills, along with practice, is a constant. The reward...
Get help caring for an elderly parent with this expert advice
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Get long-term care that is the right fit for your elderly parent
Finding long term care for your loved ones is not something to be taken lightly. There are many options and it’s important to know the wishes of your loved ones and to be informed about the differen...
Discussing difficult life issues with aging family members
Talking with aging family members about difficult life issues is not easy. But mapping out the conversation ahead of time and avoiding major pitfalls can make important family discussions more positiv...
Managing the stress often associated with family caregiving
Reaching out for love and support can be a sure-fire way of sustaining yourself as a caregiver and the well-being of your loved one. When done mindfully, respecting your own needs and preferences, as ...
Minimize the holiday blues for seniors suffering from depression
As a caregiver or family member of a depressed older person, make it your responsibility to get involved. You can make a significant difference and remove or lessen the holiday blues for seniors suffe...
Talk openly by starting a care conversation with aging parents
After conversing with a loved one’s doctor or care provider and determining what type of care center is most appropriate, a family can explore options within their community that fits their budget a...
Preserve the dignity of your elderly parents by caring for their needs
Together we can work toward making a difference in the overall well-being and preservation of dignity of the elders in our communities, who, indeed, are deserving of our care and respect. Help your el...
Navigating the challenges of becoming a caregiver to aging parents
Caring for aging or sick parents can bring rewards, but it also comes with challenges. Take the steps to assist your parents in getting their legal documents in order before caregiving becomes require...
Advice for seniors moving to a smaller home or retirement community
Move while you are the one in charge. If you put in the work up front, during the planning and sorting phase, your move will be much smoother. Let experienced movers, such as Senior Move Managers, ass...
Advice for managing the depression of your aging loved ones
Depression is the most common mental illness affecting seniors, and the signs should not be ignored. In fact, the elderly have the highest rate of suicide out of all age groups. While today’s treatm...
How to best approach your parent on moving into a nursing home
Responding to the needs of aging parents is a difficult and emotional process for everyone. Adult children need to communicate clearly and directly with the parent while being respectful and caring. A...
How to find a good home care agency and stay in your home
Mom and dad have made the decision to stay at home instead of moving to a assisted living facility. You know that in order for them to be safe and comfortable they are going to need assistance. Home C...
Loved ones can help seniors though the progression of Alzheimer's
Alzheimer’s affects more than 5 million Americans, and the disease has an impact on the entire family. While adult children become caregivers for aging parents, young children and teens need support...
How to ensure the safety of your aging parents behind the wheel
Aging does not necessarily mean a person's driving days are over. However, it is vital to ensure the safety of your loved ones on the road. This begins with learning more about how to detect problems,...
Maximize rewards and minimize stress when caring for aging parents
Having parents age and fail is unsettling emotionally and disruptive in many other ways. Caregiving can be extremely taxing and very tricky to navigate, but it can be deeply rewarding. A major key to ...
How to help and support your aging parents as they grow older
Keeping these simple guidelines in mind will not only help improve the relationship you have with your parents, but it will also ease the stress that invariably accompanies changing roles. We all want...

Accident and Personal Injury Law

Car accident? Know the facts in filing insurance claims
Always remember that insurance companies are a business and as such they will always try to pay out the minimum amount of money to victims of an accident. So never accept the first settlement offer fr...
Expert advice when you are involved and hurt in a car accident
A car accident is often a very physical and emotional personal crisis that will consume a lot of your time long after the accident occurred. Remember to stay calm, get medical attention, contact the ...
Preparation is key to overcoming a medical malpractice situation
Be very careful when taking the steps to start a medical malpractice case. Malpractice cases are not quick, so take your time when choosing the right medical malpractice lawyer....
Protect your health and accident case with a traumatic brain injury
Traumatic brain injuries are painful for the victim and their loved ones. Have a family member research injury attorneys while you rest and receive treatment. As long as you have the proper documentat...
Take action to avoid becoming a victim of medical malpractice
Most doctors, physician assistants, nurses, and other providers are competent, caring professionals who do the best they can to treat their patients. But there can be big differences in terms of their...
Essential advice for filing a worker's compensation claim
These “dos” and “don’ts” are a brief overview of the worker’s compensation system in most states. However, each state has specific laws that may differ. It is important to consult with an ...
How to file a successful product liability lawsuit
Consumers are always at risk when using products, but they should not be the victim during a defective product lawsuit. These suits are often complicated for a number of reasons. An attorney will coor...
What to do when assaulted or attacked by someone
An assault is an intentional and unlawful “touching” causing injury to another person and can be anything from just touching to serious injury or death. The police will investigate the assault and...
Expert advice for veterans on successfully suing the VA
Bringing a lawsuit against the federal government is never an easy path, but there are steps that can be taken to minimize the hardship. By staying organized, gathering evidence and consulting with ex...
Expert advice for consumers when filing and litigating a civil lawsuit
Litigation is never completely secure; there is always some element of risk involved. However, you can mitigate your risk by gathering and organizing as much information as possible, preparing a conci...
Be prepared when suing for wrongful death due to medical malpractice
Nothing can bring back a close family member, and you may experience their loss for the rest of your life. But the wrongful death suit you bring on their behalf can help reduce the chance that someone...
Before signing a waiver, you should consider this expert advice
These days, a waiver is exchanged right along with a greeting as you enter into a facility – or even your friend’s backyard. Read up on the common language and types of waivers that companies use....
Sue for medical malpractice due to misdiagnosed breast cancer
Breast cancer misdiagnosis cases stem from a variety of medical errors and oversights, from misinterpreted imaging to poorly performed biopsies. Their impact may be severe, but with the right attorney...
Should you settle or go to court for a medical malpractice lawsuit?
There is no magic formula when it comes to deciding whether or not you should take your malpractice lawsuit to trial or settle out of court. Instead, the decision should be born out of experience, und...
Know how to file a workers' compensation claim when injured at work
Protect yourself and your family. You’ve worked hard, don’t let an injury ruin you. Find a qualified workers’ compensation attorney, and do your due diligence in researching what benefits you ar...
Advice for what to do if your homeowner's association is sued
A lawsuit is a serious matter that a homeowner’s association must respond to within the time afforded to it. The association should notify the professionals it works with, namely its attorney and in...

Men's Health

Recognize symptoms of erectile dysfunction and get help
Whomever you receive medical attention from should be able to assess your health concerns, symptoms, and potential treatments tailored to your specific situation. If you don’t feel comfortable with ...
Using marijuana can be a contributing factor to erectile dysfunction
There has been a scientifically proven link between marijuana use and an increased risk for erectile dysfunction due to the discovery that THC inhibits the penile muscles. This does not mean, however,...
Using marijuana can have adverse effects on male fertility
Infertility is a sensitive and complex issue among couples. The best way to combat this issue head on is to speak with a medical professional together as a couple, without placing blame or injecting g...
Address the psychological effects of erectile dysfunction (ED)
Erectile dysfunction can become a serious health concern if left untreated, impacting both your physical and emotional wellbeing. Neither issue should be neglected, as each can negatively influence th...
Satisfy her and have better sex by reducing premature ejaculation
Men can help women achieve more orgasms if they change the way they have sex. Instead of mounting her in missionary position, slow down your movements and focus on what will pleasure her the most. Als...
Men's mental health issues are often misunderstood, get help now
Men can benefit from therapy when they have the right attitude and keep an open mind about it. If you follow the leads from this article, it can help you get the help that you need and maximize your u...
How to speak with your loved one about erectile dysfunction
Although opening up to your partner might seem scary at first, you’ll soon discover that doing so (if done following the above advice) will actually bring you to a place of greater acceptance and re...
How men can supercharge their fertility
These measures should help men supercharge sperm and aid in the goal of becoming a father. If you have any questions about whether or not you have fertility issues, be sure to speak with a fertility s...

Insomnia

Can't sleep? It's called insomnia
Insomnia doesn't have to keep you up all night
Insomnia affects millions of people and is usually the result of some mental, physical, and environmental factors that disrupt a regular sleep cycle, which if not addressed, can become chronic. There...
Hypnotherapy is a wonderful way to treat insomnia and help you sleep
Professional hypnotherapy is widely respected as an adjunct therapy to medical care. Adequate sleep is essential your health and well-being. The deep relaxation you can achieve with hypnotherapy is a ...
Nighty night: Get a good night’s sleep with this expert advice
Hopefully you won’t find yourself longing for sleep, but if you do, this advice should help. Pleasant dreams!...
Get help to overcome your sleep disorder and finally get some rest
With all of the available assistance for adults who experience sleep disorders, there is no need to suffer in silence. If addressing lifestyle factors does not offer sufficient relief, do not hesitate...
Snoring or sleep apnea? Know the differences and treatment options
Your health depends upon getting not only an adequate quantity of sleep, but ensuring that the sleep you get is quality sleep. If you or your partner experiences any symptoms of snoring or sleep apnea...
Avoid the cycle of chronic insomnia, poor sleep and exhaustion
So how do you get a good night’s sleep? Like most things in life it comes down to making the decision to take action and then sticking with it. Seek out professional help. Follow the advice. Push th...
Good sleep habits improve mood, energy, and mental health
Without the proper amount of sleep (at least 7 solid hours), our mood will definitely suffer and, in turn, it can adversely affect thinking, concentration, attention, productivity, motivation, tempera...
Sleep apnea: Get the treatment you need for a healthy night's rest
Don’t ignore the symptoms of sleep apnea. Your life literally depends on you taking action. While the condition is more common in those who are overweight and over the age of 50, anyone can suffer f...
Relax and get the sleep you need with these insomnia busters
Quality sleep is imperative to good health. By powering down electronics, avoiding caffeine and alcohol while relaxing at the end of the day, creating your own perfect sleep space and focusing on the ...

Healthy Immune System

How to keep a healthy immune system
By keeping your immune system in tip-top shape, you are optimizing your immune system to perform at peak levels. Be proactive with your health by priming your immune system with a proper regimen of vi...
Boost your immune system with vitamin D to stay healthy
A healthy immune system grows ever more important as we age, and immune status is closely associated with nutrition, exercise, and stress reduction. Older people and people with compromised immune sys...
Vitamins, minerals, and exercise are key in optimizing women’s health
Bottom line is, if women aren’t healthy they can’t help anyone else. Take care of yourself, put yourself on the to do list, and make sure you make you a priority....
Protect your mitochondria to help boost your immune system
Mitochondria, also known as your cellular batteries, are tiny organelles in every single one of our cells. Mitochondria take the food we eat and the oxygen we breathe and convert to an energy source f...
Boost your immune system by practicing yoga on a regular basis
Yoga is great for the immune system. It increases oxygenated blood to the rest of the body, and can help reduce toxins that can lead to sickness. Practicing your normal yoga routine a few times a week...
How certain yoga poses can help boost your immune system
When you feel a cold coming on, try some of these simple yoga poses. They aim at building up your immune system, while also getting your whole body into shape! And don’t forget to stay busy, keep yo...
Massage therapy can help strengthen your immune system
Massage therapy has a profound influence on your immune system. Medical studies show that just one massage has immediate benefits on the immune system and regular massage provides cumulative, long-ter...
Use your mobile device to get in shape and improve your health
By utilizing the technology that is becoming more readily available every day, there is a great opportunity for Americans to improve their overall health and wellness. Technology offers a convenient, ...

Eating Disorders

How to stop binge eating and live a healthier life
All in all, trust yourself and listen to your body. All of the above is just an elaboration of that one basic piece of advice....
Support your loved one to help them overcome an overeating problem
The best thing you can do when a friend or family member has an overeating problem is to just be there for them no matter what. Be a ready and willing listener and a constant support. Be the cheerlead...
Treat compulsive eating by taking the power away from food
I encourage you to take a minute and ask yourself, “Does food feel more powerful than me?” If the answer is yes, even sometimes, and you really want to find a way to improve your relationship with...
Expert advice to help you address anorexia and bulimia
Getting help for a feeding or eating disorder can be scary. It requires you to be vulnerable and to ask for help. You will have to face and discuss aspects of your life that may not make you proud. Re...
Navigating insurance coverage for the treatment of eating disorders
Many people are unsure about what to do when an insurance denial occurs. When your insurance company denies access to health benefits, it only intensifies an already distressing situation. It is imper...
Midnight snacking out of control? It's called night eating syndrome
Night Eating Syndrome is a real problem for many people. If this resonates with you please seek assistance with a licensed professional. Even if you don’t fit the description exactly but you believe...
Overcome compulsive, binge, and over-eating with this advice
Binge eating, like most compulsive behaviors, is merely a distraction from feeling your emotions. You learned this way of feeling a shot of pleasure at an early age and have practiced many times since...
Athletes are more susceptible to eating disorders: Get help now
Eating disorders are life threatening; in fact, they have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder. At the very least, they can hamper an athlete’s performance and make the athlete mor...
Advice for avoiding midnight snacking
Late night eating doesn’t have to be a lifetime struggle. The more we understand about the reasons it might be happening, the better chance we have of changing the pattern. Eating regular and balanc...
How to end emotional eating once and for all
Basically, turning to food when you’re upset is less an eating problem and more an emotional one. If you never learned effective emotional management skills as a child, it’s time to learn them now...
Lose weight by breaking free of emotional eating
When you make the decision to never diet again, you let yourself out of the food prison. By focusing back on nutrient dense food choices, you are essentially embracing a ‘Live-It’, a lifestyle shi...
How athletes can beat anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders
Athleticism is seemingly so positive—especially in our country where obesity is such a growing concern. However, there is a dark side to the world of athletics. Eating disorders are more prevalent t...
Food and sugar addiction: Why you can’t stop eating
Over time, appetite dysregulation and disrupted eating patterns lead to an addictive process wherein the brain becomes chemically dependent on certain foods. Like addictions to alcohol and other drugs...
Control your appetite and binge eating using supplements
Diets don’t work, but appetite control does.Appetite is not an issue of willpower or psychological weakness. It’s an issue of biochemistry. When your biochemistry is adjusted, your appetite can be...

Kids with Eating Disorders

Coping with a teenage daughter suffering from an eating disorder
On the surface it may look like a teenager is controlling eating habits in a desire to be thin, but in reality dangerous behaviors are a response to deeper emotional pain, depression, anxiety and othe...
Help your child struggling with an eating disorder such as anorexia
If your child is battling an eating disorder, the best thing that you can do is keep on loving and supporting them. If you ever feel that you need help with your child, don’t ever hesitate to get tr...
Supporting your child with an eating disorder is vital to recovery
Education and understanding are keys that will help you prevent, and if necessary, effectively deal with disordered eating or an eating disorder. Your attitudes about health and wellness will impact y...
Advice for parents to help their child overcome an eating disorder
Eating disorders are challenging and scary. Parents don’t cause their child’s eating disorder, and they aren’t to blame. It is equally important not to blame the child for his or her eating diso...
Advice for parents to help their child who binge eats
Failure to address binge eating can lead to binge-eating disorder, a life-threatening illness. Taking action by seeking professional help and talking to your child can lead to a full recovery, so if y...
I think my child might have an eating disorder. What should I do?
Eating disorders are serious illnesses that can be life threatening if not treated. Remember to act quickly and seek support for your child and yourself, so you can begin your path toward recovery....
What parents should do if they think their child has anorexia
Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder and should be taken seriously. If you suspect that your child has anorexia or is developing unhealthy eating habits, talk to your ch...
Helping your child with an eating disorder move towards recovery
Recovering from an eating disorder is a road full of big challenges and little triumphs. It is a lengthy process without quick fixes or miracle cures. Have patience and compassion, and don’t come up...
Helping children who may be struggling with an eating disorder
Any child can find themselves dealing with the challenges of body image or eating disorder issues. It is vital for parents to understand what they are dealing with, so they can feel comfortable and co...
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