Question?: Autistic Kids

Paul asks…

Moms who have Autistic kids…?

For those moms who have autistic children, do you think the vaccines your children were given had anything to do with your childs autisim. I am just reading that new Jenny Mcarthy book called louder then words, and I am just so confused about vaccines. I know we dont need an epidemic of an illness but we also want our kids to lead the best life possible. So in your situation, did the vaccines play a part in your child getting Autism?
Thanks
the vaccine in question is the MMR shot.

admin answers:

I honestly think that certain children are canadits for this!! If all the elements are there… Then they get the shots and their whole immune system is thrown into overdrive. They loose their ability to process and communicate. The question is which kids are susceptible to this? So to answer your question yes, i think i does have something to do with autism.
But, autism is not new it’s been around for years. Vaccines are relatively new. And they do prevent other diseases. So what do we do?

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Question?: Treatment For Autism Medication

Joseph asks…

Which professional works more closely with patients with Schizophrenia, Autism, DID and related disorders?

Psychologist (Which type – Clinical?)
Psychiatrist
Other _________

I ask because I’m interested in working with patients with schizophrenia etc more so than working with patients that have depression, bulimia, anxiety etc ..

What is the difference between neuropsychology(PhD clinical psy) and neuropsychiatry (M.D) in terms with patients they work with?

Thanks

admin answers:

These extreme cases of psychopathologies (i called them extreme because they are both rare and powerful compared to others like Major Depressive Disorders) need both medical treatment (by a psychiatrist since he/she is the only one who can prescribe mental medications) and therapy by a clinical psychologist. The psychologist and psychiatrist need to work together. Since the clinical psychologist cannot prescribe medicine, a psychiatrist is needed, and since a psychiatrist cannot perform therapy sessions, a clinical psychologist is needed.
A clinical psychologist would work with such cases and other cases as well such as MDD, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, etc. However if you wish to exclusively work in such cases you might consider being a therapist (clinical psychologist) that works in asylums or a psychiatrist (psychiatrists get these cases the most but psychiatric attention is also required for other pathologies such as MDD (major depressive disorder) as well).
A Neuropsychologist is a psychologist that believes in the school of neuroscience. Just like a psychoanalyst would follow psychoanalysis or a cognitive/behavioral psychologist would follow cognitive psychology, a neuropsychologist would follow the school of neuroscience (believing only in the biological existence of the mind in the brain and following biological research data by the letter, believe it or not most psychologists these days try to mix neuroscience with any of the other schools, it’s a popular school and it made psychology into a hard science. I myself am an Analytic psychologist who also follows biological research data (i consider myself belonging to two schools, and a lot of psychologists do the same especially the cognitive behavioral ones that belong to both schools of cognitive psychology and behavioral psychology)).
A neurospsychiatry is a very common school of psychiatry. Since psychiatrists are doctors they follow biological data to the maximum and a few believe in an incorporeal existence of the mind. Psychiatrists prescribe medicine that would affect the brain or neurotransmitters and thus most psychiatric disorders have a biological factor (refer to the biopsychosocial model and the five axes of psychiatry). It’s very rare to find a psychiatrist who doesn’t follow neuroscience and that doesn’t believe in the biological effects of the brain on the mind, after all it’s what they study. Hope this helps and if more info is needed then please ask for more clarification.

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Question?: Autistic Disorder

Mark asks…

If someone has sensory integration dysfunction does that make them autistic in a way?

Or is it just a disorder? Like does it mean you are slow?

admin answers:

Many with autism have sensory issues but you can have sensory issues and not be autistic. They are seperate issues.

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Question?: Treatment For Autism Medication

Susan asks…

Any suggestions for natural help with Achalasia?

My Mum has this–has had it for over 20 years–she’s a bit sick & tired of all the medications doctors keep giving her for it seems to not be helping.
She already takes liquid probiotic acidophilus, and I’m looking for other suggestions for which she might consider with her doctor?

Thank-you

admin answers:

Achalasia ( /e?k??le?zi?/), also known as esophageal achalasia, achalasia cardiae, cardiospasm, and esophageal aperistalsis, is an esophageal motility disorder involving the smooth muscle layer of the esophagus and the lower esophageal sphincter (LES).[1] It is characterized by incomplete LES relaxation, increased LES tone, and lack of peristalsis of the esophagus (inability of smooth muscle to move food down the esophagus) in the absence of other explanations like cancer or fibrosis.[2][3]
Achalasia is characterized by difficulty swallowing, regurgitation, and sometimes chest pain. Diagnosis is reached with esophageal manometry and barium swallow radiographic studies. Various treatments are available, although none cure the condition. Certain medications or Botox may be used in some cases, but more permanent relief is brought by esophageal dilatation and surgical cleaving of the muscle (Heller myotomy).
The most common form is primary achalasia, which has no known underlying cause. It is due to the failure of distal esophageal inhibitory neurons. However, a small proportion occurs secondary to other conditions, such as esophageal cancer or Chagas disease (an infectious disease common in South America).[4] Achalasia affects about one person in 100,000 per year.[4][5].

U may seek her doctor’s permission for the target therapy.

TARGET THERAPY* It is the God-given therapy communicated to the mankind through THE RIGVEDA, one of the Hindu scriptures.

Dr.Vora designed it in such a way that the costs are the least for the survival/rescue of common man and the poor in villages, towns and metropolis on the globe; with NO insurance cover. It is more suitable to all the youngsters on this entire globe.
U may study it, discuss with Ur family members/friends/acquaintances and slowly and stedily implement it for the best results.

•No side effects and no risk. If it clicks, mostly possible, U shall have a cure. Lest, the therapy keeps mum. No extra risk. It is the most suitable line of treatment even for the terminally ill patients. Cancer cure/prevention is quite possible. U may try it for any incurable disease including cancer of any organ[s], post-surgical recurrence of tumors, Leukemia, HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s Syndrome, Gilbert’s Syndrome, colon cancer, Thalassemia, Muscular Dystrophy, Autism, bone TB., Tinnitus, all brain & spinal cord disorders, CLL, Crohn’s Syndrome, endometriosis, etc., —it should aim @ [3] steps.
1. Removal of toxins from all internal organs & purging through Normal Drainage systems, feces, urine, menses [females], skin, lungs and vomiting.
• 2. Activating all the internal organs to make each & every organ to function up to optimum levels.
3. Supplying vitamins, nutrients, micro-nutrients, minerals, trace elements for invigorating the entire Immune system to produce antibodies.

• It helped my beloved Mummy in 1992 by strict compliance of all the stipulated instructions.
• Acupressure techniques & Indian Natural Remedies [comprising Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Bio-chemic salts, Herbal Remedies, Yoga/Meditation, Magneto-therapy, Sidha, etc.,] can meet all the requirements.
• Acupressure Techniques—NO SIDE EFFECTS. NO HOSPITALIZATION. Costs Affordable even by the poor. An acupressure Therapeutist can, not only diagnose any disease instantaneously, but, also prevent/treat any disease & or the affected organ[s] with the aid of Indian natural remedies. All stipulated instructions must be followed most religiously. The % of success depends upon the extent of compliance.
Remote control Acupressure points given by the God. For Treatment, hard-pressure is to be applied on & around these points with Ur thumb and middle finger.
Palms/soles:
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Dorsal side of Palms & soles to diagnose & treat ailments of eyes, spine, breast cancer, etc.,:
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4. U may try acupressure techniques and natural remedies strictly for 45 days and If U find any perceivable improvements, U may continue it for another 45 days & thereafter to have total cure.

PS:If satisfied/benefited with, U may inform others to browse ‘Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.

Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’ [Vol. & II] available in all Indian Languages all over the globe] by Dr.Devendra Vora, DSc.,MD.,FRCP.,—an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms 18 Months

Mary asks…

is my daughter displaying autism symptoms?

my daughter is 18 months old. The lady in daycare always tells me to watch out cause she might be autistic. Her pediatrician didnt say anything about it.It bothers me that the daycare lady thinks she is showing signs because she screams a lot during transition like from playtime to eating time or eating time to nap time. Shes a very picky eater. She throws and plays with her food. She sometimes hits the back of her head gently in the wall of our room and laughs when she does this cause i get mad at her but she doesnt do that anywhere else. She says a lot of words compared to other kids her age. She can communicate and understand what i say. She loves to play, read, color and watch tv. For me, she seems very normal. Is it normal for kids her age to have tantrums during transition? is this autism symptoms that she has? need some enlightment on this thanks

admin answers:

These are common childhood behaviors, which are also observed in children with autism. This is because children with autism are delayed in these areas of development which help them mature out of these behaviors. Just a note on behavior modification (as this is my field of work), STOP reacting to her banging her head, you should ignore it, walk away, don’t get mad or even talk about it with her. You are describing it as an attention seeking behavior and ANY attention you continue to give it will keep it going. You can also educate her teachers on how to help her transition more smoothly. Tell them it will help to give her fair warning on when the transition is coming. Tell them to get creative in making the transition more fun. Tell them to emphasize what is fun about the next activity so that she is less upset about leaving the fun she is already having. Also, because it seems from your description that she feeds off of others reactions. Tell them to make sure they are not giving extra attention to the behaviors (such as throwing food/having a fit about transitioning) because she will want that attention even if it’s negative attention. Please, don’t be afraid to talk with your pediatrician and discuss any concerns, also make sure your pediatrician is educated in recognizing signs of autism and aspergers symptoms. Many pediatricians are not. Normal speech development can occur in children with autism or especially with students with aspergers (and typically children with aspergers have an advanced language development).

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Question?: Autistic Kids

Michael asks…

Games/activities for autistic kids? (4-13)?

My school is having an event for autistic kids? Does anyone have any ideas for what we could do with them? Thanks.
It would be indoors.

admin answers:

Hi. Well to answer your question, just like so called normal kids, there are various levels of their interest and intellect. I have one that loves to put stuff together and take it apart and he does this over and over and over. Then i have one that doesn’t like to do anything with his hands but loves sports so i think you just have to have a variety of things. They both love board games so here are some that my kids like. Their ages are 7 and 8 1/2. Candy land, chutes and ladders, hi-ho cherry-o, and they love lincoln logs too. Ok so i hope this helps. Have fun with the kids and enjoy them. They are really smart if given half a chance. 🙂

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Question?: Treatment For Autism In Toddlers

Thomas asks…

concerned my son has autism?

by the time my son was 6 months old i was noticing behaviours that seemed a little off, he never “babled” much, he wouldnt rais his arms to be picked up instead he would sit and scream, he wouldnt play with toys, started saying mum, dad, tah at 9 months but by 11 months was unable to say these words.
he is now 2yrs 5 months and has only recently started trying to talk, he frequently uses words that he needs “mummy, daddy, more, mine” but will quiet often use a noun for 2 weeks then completly forget the word and looks confused when encouraged to use the word (eg rock). he does lots of odd things with his mouth ans constantly dribbles alot, he cant follow 2 step instructions, (eg “go get the truck and bring it here” but if i word it “get mummy the truck” he will bring it to me).
most recenty he has become an excape arrtist, with in seconds he is able to unlock 3 locks on 2 doors and be out the front. he has also been getting stuck on 2 word phrases, (eg the other day daddy stalled the car and for the next few days he would constantly walk up to my self or husband saying “daddy stalled, daddy stalled, daddy stalled, daddy stalled car”.
we have also noticed that when he is excited he flaps his arms around, he also has an inderpended attitude where he is more then happy at the idea of me leaving him somewhere in public if i dont want to do what he wants, (eg if he wants to do in a certion shop she will simply wave and go while having a simle ear to ear and doesnt seam concerned weather or not im going to follow him).

i have an appointment with my pedatrition to find out the posability of autism, however there is a bit of a weight to even see the pedatrition and im concerned i should be doing something in the mean time to help him but not sure what
sorry for not being very clear, it was by 6 months that i started to notice things that where a little off, but seamed to pass everything off as odd but everyone is different, its only been the last few months that behaviors r becoming more odd and strange and concerning.

he never babbled until he was 14 months and it was even then very odd babbling, (i have 4 children and have never heard a child babble the way he did)

he struggles to feed himself, he cant grasp the fact that the tooth brush goes in his mouth, with his shape toys he can not come close to putting the right shape in the right hole, yet he knows which key goes in which key hole to get out of the house and which key to unlock the car and can unlock 3 locks on my front door and then unlock the car in less the 3 mins.

his pretend play is always a reenactment of something we have done however he will not interact with his brothers older and younger when playing nor with any kids his own age, eg he might play next to anot

admin answers:

I am not a parent, but I assure you that many experts of autism are not parents. Autism is a spectrum of closely related disorders with a shared core of symptoms. Autism spectrum disorders appear in infant and early childhood, where the delays are often developed in many areas causing delays in many areas of learning to talk, interact with others, and play. Does he engage into imaginative play?

At 6 months, the child usually doesn’t react to others with expressions that includes happiness and smiling. At 24 months, the autistic milestones requires the child not to use two-word phrases that does NOT include repeating and imitating, while your child couldn’t speak until the age of 2.5. That’s a major RED FLAG. By 12 months, the autistic milestones requires the child NOT TO BABBLE, NOR uses gestures like pointing and waving. As for him NOT babbling at 6 months years old, that’s completely normal. At the age of 16 months, the child usually doesn’t say single words. At 9 months, the child usually doesn’t make ANY SOUNDS or MAKE ANY FACIAL EXPRESSIONS. They can lose language skills at any age.

Autism varies (as stated before). If the child is hand flapping, Rocking back and forth, Spinning in a circle, Tapping ears, Head banging, Staring at lights, Moving fingers in front of the eyes, Lining up toys, Flicking light switches on and off, and Repeating words or noises, then that’s a thick possibility.

The AAP recommends that all children receive screenings that meets their developmental schedule, as well as screenings for autism at 9 to 30 months of age possibly.

As for evaluations regarding autism, schedule an autism screening.. The earlier treatment he receives, the better he gets regarding functioning and social skills. That’s why it is best to Seek early intervention services.

Motor development: Generally many people with autism have lower muscle tone. The areas impaired in fine and gross motor skills vary. Gross motor skills use large groups of muscles to accomplish tasks such as standing, walking, keeping balance and changing position. Fine motor skills use the smaller muscles in the hands and fingers to eat, draw, brush teeth, button a shirt, write, etc. IS YOUR CHILD DEVELOPING NORMALLY IN THOSE AREAS?

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO WAIT FOR A DIAGNOSES TO START HELPING YOUR CHILD.

Also your child doesn’t have to have all of the symptoms. He must have a combination of these symptoms the meet criteria.

ANOTHER SUGGESTION IS A HEARING TEST. Some toddlers are often misdiagnosed as having red flags of autism due to a hearing impairment. Make sure you take him to the doctor so that they could refer him to an AUDIOLOGIST.

ANOTHER SUGGESTION: Make a video of your child. Save it and send it to the specialist. I have seen some videos on youtube of parents posting their child’s early signs of autism. That can be helpful. Just my suggestion.

Here is a website that I found that specifically gives you all the symptoms for infanitle to early childhood autism during it’s developmental stages:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/autism/DS00348/DSECTION=symptoms

As for him starting to use two word phrases, that shows a sign of improvement. Keep closely evaluating the red flags and write everything down.

Copied half this answer from my previous one since this is the best info I can possibly provide. Before I get corrected, I am just going to say that by 24 months the child DOES NOT SAY WORDS THAT INCLUDES TWO PHRASES.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In 7 Year Old

Donna asks…

My son keeps getting into trouble, what can I do to prevent this?

My son is 7 years old, he swears, fights with other kids and can’t control his anger. Has had 3 detentions in the last 2 years, I consider myself to be a good mum, I never swear around my boy and I have no voilence around him, what can be causing him to behave in this way? However his older brother is totally opposite, he has more of a soft nature. My 7 yr old can be a little darling too! But when he is angry he just gets really angry, there’s no calming him down. I wish there was something I can do other than councelling, I’ve tried everything..

admin answers:

Obviously, something is bother your little one to the point of him lashing out. It is so important to find out the problem, because if you don’t, you are only “treating” the symptoms and not the actual problem. He is probably too young to know how to express himself, he sounds really frustrated.

His issues could range from something minor (like jealousy of his brother, school) to something major (pedophilic abuse, PDD, Autism, ADHD). I’m not suggesting these are what his problems are, these are just examples.

If possible, I would take extra time with him and go out and do activities that he likes to do and unassumingly “let” him talk about things or ask him a few “innocent questions” to get him to express himself. This may also work with an adult he and YOU can trust, he may innocently just start talking about what is going on with him, without him even knowing he is actually giving out helpful information.

If after a few rounds of trying to get to the bottom of things, I would suggest taking him to see a good pediatric behaviorist that is experienced with childhood issues. They are well practiced at what they do and can also help you help your son. His issues may be more than you can handle on your own. Who knows.

I wish you luck, I know it is so hard for a parent to watch their child suffer.

PS I so do Not agree with “Toby” about taking away everything in his room but his bed… That negative move would scar him for life. He’s only 7 for crying out loud!

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Question?: Autistic Adults

Sandra asks…

Should an adult with autism tell his wife to be that he is autistic?

He was recently tested and it was confirmed that he is autistic. He thinks it should not have any affect on his relationship. I tried to tell him in a round about way, that he is betraying her by withholding important information, especially since they want kids.
It does matter because and he needs to tell her, because they have to learn how to deal with each other if they want to may a go at marriage. Marriag has enough ups and downs. What if she has a baby who is autistic and he shuts down and can’t help her. It’s only fair that she knows what to expect, so she can prepare herself. Besides this girl has been upfront with her disabilities…so should he. I think if he doesn’t …it’s betrayal. and the marriage will not have a chance.

admin answers:

Having been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome 5 years ago at the age of 31 unexpectedly, and having experience with “coming out” to a number of people, I can testify that he’s in a weird situation. Being autistic isn’t an illness, and contrary to what one poster mentioned about not being able to be touched, that’s not at all universal, even amongst those that are more notably autistic than others: some crave being touched, and will go out of their way to be touched, much to the chagrin of others: it’s perverse when you get two autistics together, one wanting to hug constantly and the other one not wanting to hug, because of the hilarity that ensues! It’s not an illness, it’s a neurotype that is different from the majority of the population, but it does not qualify as a mental illness anymore than stating a cat that doesn’t act like a dog is a sick dog.

There are ramifications to coming out (or not) that have long-term results, perhaps good and bad. One of them is I believe in future child custody battles (should things ever come down to that) it’s quite possible to find yourself in a weak bargaining position if you’re considered “defective” in some manner, which only needs to be in the eye of the judge and/or jury, depending on how things are done, or in the eyes of the state, should there ever be any allegations of bad parenting for whatever reason.

Another reason is that often, once someone learns that you’re autistic, they start treating you very differently than before, as though you’re not nearly as capable of understanding at the same level you clearly were before, which is rather frustrating, to say the least.

On the other hand, you might be more fortunate (and this may go along with the previous point as part of a win one, lose one scenario) and have people you tell be more understanding of not subjecting you to sensory nightmares, but it’s also possible that someone less than kind could take advantage of you in that manner, too, and use that against you and not fight fair or treat you right, knowing that something will cause you problems and make you react in a manner that seems all out of proportion to someone watching from the outside that doesn’t understand what’s really going on.

An interesting observation I’ve made is that often people on the spectrum will be magnetically drawn to each other, without conscious thought: what if she, too, is an undiagnosed autistic? I also have an autistic older sister, as well as a nephew, and you can’t be too sure at all times unless you really know someone and their history. The biggest meaningful consistent difference between Asperger’s and Kanner’s autistics is when they start speaking verbally (if at all) while all the other things vary, including the IQ, all over from the low end to the very high end. Speech by itself is a lousy indicator of intelligence, because sensory issues are very important in being able to master the physical ability to verbalize and also to understand verbal speech: if you can’t process audio well enough due to problems making sense of the complex audio of speech, combined with being unable to feel and hear yourself properly to mechanically speak, you could have a high genius IQ, but if people only go by what they can understand as being intelligent speech and communication because that’s the only way they know how to communicate, getting across information is fraught with problems. I personally had to deal with several years of speech therapy, due to not having sufficient control and feeling, not due to not understanding language, and to this day, it’s still not perfect for pronunciation all the time, especially in periods of sensory overload, where things get much worse. Oh, right: where was I going with this paragraph? It’s entirely possible that she fell in love with a lot of his autistic qualities, even if she didn’t have a name in mind to check against. It’s even quite possible that before they got married, she had a solid clue or knew, and just didn’t bother to mention it, for whatever reason. After all, it’s just a check mark if you suspect, and if you still feel the same way after, how much does it matter?

So, yes, somehow he should eventually tell her, perhaps in a more subtle way than coming straight out and telling her, to test the waters and break it to her gently, because it may come as quite a shock, but then again, it may be no shock at all, but now that he’s aware, it does seem he’s accountable for that fact.

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Question?: Treatment For Autism In India

Daniel asks…

how to get rid of broken blood vessels on face?

theyve been there for about 2 years now?
cold/ice doesnt work
and treatment besides covering them up?

admin answers:

The root cause lies elsewhere.Hormonal imbalance, vitiation of blood, a displaced solar plexus, heavy loss of immunity, fatigue. U may safely try————-

TARGET THERAPY* for any incurable disease including cancer of any organ[s], post-surgical recurrence of tumors, Leukemia, HIV/AIDS, Thalassemia, Muscular Dystrophy, Autism, Tinnitus, all brain & spinal cord disorders, etc., —it should aim @ [3] steps.
1. Removal of toxins from all internal organs & purging through Normal Drainage systems, feces, urine, menses[females], skin, lungs and vomiting.
• 2. Activating all the internal organs to make each & every organ to function up to optimum levels.
3. Supplying vitamins, nutrients, micro-nutrients, minerals, trace elements for invigorating the entire Immune system to produce antibodies.


• Acupressure techniques & Indian Natural Remedies [comprising Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Bio-chemic salts, Herbal Remedies, Yoga/Meditation, Magneto-therapy, Sidha, etc.,] can meet all the requirements.
• Acupressure Techniques—NO SIDE EFFECTS. NO HOSPITALIZATION. Costs Affordable even by the poor. An acupressure Therapeutist can, not only diagnose any disease instantaneously, but, also prevent/treat any disease & or the affected organ[s] with the aid of Indian natural remedies. All stipulated instructions must be followed most religiously. The % of success depends upon the extent of compliance.
4. U may try acupressure techniques and natural remedies strictly for 45 days and If U find any perceivable improvements, U may continue it for another 45 days to have total cure.

PS:If satisfied/benefited with, U may inform others to browse ‘Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.

Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’ by Dr.Devendra Vora, D.Sc.,M.D.,F.R.C.P.,—an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.
Dr.Vora, the world renowned Acupressurist, an octogenarian and the Bhishma Pithamaha of acupressure in India— treated and caused to treat more than 150000 cases of Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Diabetes,irregular meness and also many other most dreaded diseases—Dr.Devendra Vora has analysed that pressure applied on certain points located on the palms and soles helps to stimulate all organs of the body, prevents disease and assists in maintaining good health. Acupressure also helps to diagnose, prevent and cure diseases like common cold, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Migraine, Paralysis, and even cancer, HIV/AIDS. Autism, Thalassemia, Muscular Dystrophy, all brain and spinal cord affected diseases.

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