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Sarasota Herald Tribune: Hospital's new CEO takes job at tumultuous time
Less than six months into his position as Sarasota Memorial Hospital's CEO, David Verinder faces a raft of challenges that would test even the most seasoned hospital administrator.

Health Tip: Easing Heartburn During Pregnancy
While heartburn is a common discomfort of pregnancy, there are things you can do to help keep the problem at bay.

Healthy Lifestyle Changes Linked to Reduced Risk for Dementia
Managing diabetes, quitting smoking, controlling high blood pressure, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the risk for dementia -- even late in life, according to new research.

Sarasota Memorial Presents Free, Informative Lectures by Our Surgeons and Healthcare Experts
Our top physicians will discuss advanced solutions in various procedures that are proving highly successful for their patients. A brief Q & A will follow each presentation.

Vaccinating Schoolkids Cuts Flu in Communities: Study
Giving flu shots to schoolchildren also protects others, a new study finds.

Music Classes Boost Language Skills, Study Says
Greater participation in music classes may benefit children's language development, a new study finds.

Calorie Counts Mandated at Chain Restaurants, FDA Says
New rules announced at the end of last month by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will have many restaurant chains posting calorie counts on their menus, and the rules even apply to movie theater popcorn and ice cream parlor fare.

SMH Earns Commission on Cancer's Highest Recognition
American College of Surgeons recently granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to Sarasota Memorial’s cancer program.

Heart Disease, Blood Pressure & Irregular Heartbeat mortality statistics
Deaths from heart disease are dropping, but deaths related to high blood pressure and irregular heartbeats are on the rise, a new government study finds.

Operation Walk: SMH, Local Surgeon Team Up To Give Gift of Mobility
Orthopedic Surgeon Adam Bright, MD, and Sarasota Memorial are teaming up this week to provide free total knee replacements to three Sarasota County patients who otherwise could not afford the care, through Operation Walk USA this week.
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Holiday Eating Tips for People With Diabetes
People with diabetes face a number of challenges over the holidays, but careful planning can help keep you healthy, an expert says.

SMH Nursing Chief Earns Statewide Leadership Award
Sarasota Memorial Chief Nursing Officer Jan Mauck was honored with the 2014 Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award from the Florida Organization of Nurse Executives (FONE).

Social Support May Be Key to Heart Attack Recovery
Young and middle-aged heart attack survivors are more likely to have poor health and low quality of life if they have fewer family and friends to support them in their recovery, a new study suggests.

Nature Walks With Others May Keep Depression at Bay
Taking nature walks with other people may lower your stress levels and reduce your risk of depression, a new study suggests.

Health Tip - Incorporating Flexibility Training
Flexibility training, such as stretching, is an often-ignored type of exercise designed to improve the body's range of motion.

SMH Recruits World Leader in Robotic Surgery, Unveils Robot Optimized for Complex Cancers
Eight years after introducing the first da Vinci robotic surgical system in the southwest Florida region, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System unveiled the next evolution in robotic surgery today.

When Smartphone Is Near, Parenting May Falter
Mealtime is supposed to be family time, but a new study suggests that ever-present smartphones are impeding parent-child communication at the table.

United Healthcare - Community Update
While we cannot guarantee that we will be able to reach an agreement today, this week or this month, we want to assure the community that we remain in active, daily discussions with United, and that resolving this dispute before it impacts our community and our patients is one of our highest priorities.

Health Tip - Preventing Heel Pain
Heel pain can stem from a number of causes, from injury or deformity to a number of health conditions.

Study Shows How Toddlers Adjust to Adult Anger
Toddlers can both sense adult anger and alter their behavior in response to it, new research reveals.

New Rehabilitation Facility - Locator Map
Planning and design are under way for a new $46 million rehabilitation facility on Sarasota Memorial Health Care System's main campus.

Grief Can Weigh on Immune System in Older Folks, Study Says
Older people become more physically vulnerable during bereavement, new research shows.

Upbeat Walking Style Might Lift Your Mood
The way you walk can affect your mood, according to a new study.

SMH Installs New Physician Leaders
Sarasota Memorial’s medical staff installed its new leaders for 2014–2015.

Ebola Preparedness & Information
Sarasota Memorial has joined other hospitals across the nation in readiness and preparation for managing potential Ebola cases

SMH Joins Safe Sleep Initiative
Babies are safest alone, on their backs, in a crib

FDA Approves New Vaccine to Protect Against Meningitis
A new vaccine that could help prevent some cases of life-threatening meningococcal disease was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday.

SMH Announces Physician of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Winners for 2014
Sarasota Memorial honored two outstanding physicians for their service to the hospital and community.

Technology Helps 'Locked-In' Stroke Patient Communicate
People who've had severe strokes and have a condition called "locked-in" syndrome may benefit from a new technology that allows them to communicate with the outside world, according to new research.

FPG Recognized Nationally for Superior Performance
First Physicians Group recognized as a “Better Performing Practice” by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)

SMH Joins State & Community in Safe Sleep Initiative
Unsafe sleep is the leading cause of death for children under the age of one in Florida.

Hearing Loss Might Make Elderly Feel More Isolated
Many elderly people tend to be less outgoing the older they get, but those with hearing loss may become even more socially isolated, according to a new study.

SMH CEO Appointed to Florida Hospital Association Board
David Verinder installed to its 2014-2015 Board of Trustees.

Obesity May Speed Aging of the Liver, Study Suggests
Extra pounds cause the liver to age faster, potentially explaining why obesity is linked to diseases like liver cancer and insulin resistance, new research suggests.

Babies' Brains Prep for Speech Long Before First Words Come Out
Infants' brains start laying the groundwork for the physical requirements of speech long before they utter their first words, a new study finds.

United Way Names SMH Among Sarasota’s Most Generous Partners
SMH ranked #4 out of 50 for philanthropic contributions from the organization and its employees.

Want to Stay Healthy? Wash Your Hands
Like "Turn out the lights" and "Don't slam the door," being told to "Wash your hands" is one of those universal instructions children hear every day.

Sitting Around in Middle Age Doesn't Bode Well for Old Age
Your lifestyle at midlife helps predict how active you'll be in old age, a new study says.

Mammography Cuts Breast Cancer Deaths by 28 Percent: Study
Mammography screening of healthy women reduces deaths from breast cancer by about 28 percent, according to a new study.

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Researchers Unlock Clues to How Ebola Disarms Immune System
Researchers say they've discovered how the deadly Ebola virus disables the immune system.

After-School Exercise Yields Brain Gains - Study
Regular daily exercise appears to improve children's attention and multi-tasking skills, according to a new study.

Diabetes Rates Leveling Off in U.S.
Overall adult diabetes rates appear to have leveled off during the past four years in the United States, in stark contrast to the two decades prior, which saw a doubling of the chronic disease, according to a new federal study.

Sarasota Memorial Presents Free, Informative Lectures by Our Surgeons and Healthcare Experts
Our top physicians will discuss advanced solutions in various procedures that are proving highly successful for their patients. A brief Q & A will follow each presentation.

Major U.S. Food Makers Cut 6.4 Trillion Calories From Products - Report
Sixteen major food and beverage companies have made good on their pledge to cut calories in their U.S. products, a new report finds.

Health Tip: Practice a Well-Balanced Exercise Program
To get the full benefits of regular exercise, experts say you should focus on many forms of activity.

Could Thyroid Activity Raise Depression Risk in Seniors?
lder adults with slightly elevated thyroid activity may be at increased risk for depression, a new study indicates.

Respiratory Virus Hitting Kids in at Least 10 States
A respiratory virus has stricken more than 1,000 children across 10 states, causing many to wind up in the hospital and prompting concerns of a wider outbreak.

Training Programs Protect Young Athletes From ACL Tears: Report
Certain training methods can greatly reduce young athletes' risk of serious and potentially debilitating knee injuries, a new report says.

New Treatment Helps People with Severe Asthma Breathe Easier
Across the country, about 24 million people suffer from asthma. Every year, about 3,400 die because of it.

Researchers Shed Light on Link Between Stress, Heart Trouble
Researchers say they've gained new insight into how stress and other negative emotions can raise the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Scientists Spot Brain's 'Off' Switch for Water Intake
Thirst is crucial to staying healthy and hydrated, but how does the brain know when to put a stop to water intake? A new study suggests that scientists have solved that question.

Yoga May Help Breast Cancer Patients During Radiation Therapy
Women with breast cancer who practiced yoga had lower levels of stress hormones and reported less fatigue and better quality of life, new research shows.

Sarasota Memorial Opens Venice Anticoagulation Clinic to Help People Safely Manage Blood Thinner Medications
SMH opened a new outpatient clinic this week to help residents in Venice and surrounding communities safely manage their anticoagulation medications.

Consistent Protein Intake Key to Muscle Strength, Study Says
You need to consume adequate amounts of protein at each meal of the day to keep your muscles at their best, a new study shows.

Diet, Lifestyle Affect Prostate Cancer Risk, Studies Find
Diet and lifestyle can play a role in lowering a man's risk of prostate cancer, according to a trio of new studies.

SMH's First Physicians Group Celebrates 20 Years of Service to Community
Twenty years ago, a handful of physicians teamed up with Sarasota Memorial to combine their resources and strengthen the primary care network in the community.

Guidelines for Organic Products - What Do They Mean for You?
Organically grown produce commands a prominent spot and premium price at the market. But, do you really know what the word "organic" means?

Acidic Drinks Can Damage Kids' Teeth Permanently, Expert Warns
High acidity levels in soft drinks, fruit juice and sports beverages pose a threat to youngsters' teeth, a new study reports.

60 Percent of Diners Use Calorie Labeling When Posted: CDC
About six out of 10 adults make use of calorie information on menus, if it's available, to decide what to order in restaurants, according to a new U.S. study.

CDC Downplays Ebola's Threat to the United States
The deadly Ebola virus that continues to rage throughout West Africa poses little risk to Americans, U.S. health officials stressed Monday.

Tip-Over Furniture Can Kill Kids
It can happen in an instant: A small child pulls up on a television, dresser or computer monitor and gets critically injured when the furniture tips over.

Poor Sleep May Lead to Worse Grades for College Students
Instead of staying up studying all night, college students might want to try a new way to improve their grades: get a good night's sleep.

David Verinder Named President & CEO of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System
The Sarasota County Public Hospital Board voted unanimously today to select David Verinder as president and chief executive officer of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System.

Can 6,000 Steps a Day Keep Knee Arthritis at Bay?
Walking the equivalent of an hour a day may help improve knee arthritis and prevent disability, new research suggests.

Fitness May Help Older Men With High Blood Pressure Live Longer
Getting more fit might reduce the risk of death for elderly men with high blood pressure, a new study suggests.

Proposed Rehab Facility Discussed at Community Workshop
Neighborhood workshop about Sarasota Memorial’s proposed new comprehensive rehabilitation facility

Aerobic/Strength Training Combo May Be Best Workout for Diabetics
A combination of aerobic and resistance training may work better than either type of exercise alone in helping people with diabetes control their blood sugar, a new review finds.

Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy Offers Safe, More Natural Option for Women with High Breast Cancer Risk
Breasts certainly don’t define a woman, but the prospect of surgically removing them to reduce your cancer risk can shake even the strongest resolve.

U.S. Measles Cases at 20-Year High
Measles cases in the United States are at a 20-year high so far this year. And nearly all the cases involve unvaccinated U.S. residents who've traveled abroad to countries where the respiratory disease is much more prevalent, federal health officials said Thursday.

U.S. News & World Report Announces 2014 “Best Hospitals” Rankings
SMH ranks among 50 “Best Hospitals” for GYN Care, #1 in South Florida for Overall Quality & Care.

The Summer's Heat is Here
Summer's heat puts everyone at potential risk for heat-related illness, but seniors and people with chronic health problems are especially vulnerable.

Gains of 'Brain Training' for Elderly Seen 10 Years Later
Elderly people who participate in "brain training" classes to keep their minds sharp continue to see positive benefits 10 years after the training, according to a new study.

Sarasota Memorial CEO Selection Update
The Sarasota County Public Hospital Board’s CEO search will begin with David Verinder, interim CEO.

Health Tip: Safer Use of Fireworks
Summer holidays sometimes include fireworks, a potentially dangerous way to celebrate.

Preventing Tick Bites
Hikers, campers, gardeners and other Americans are flocking outdoors to enjoy the warm weather, and they need to take steps to protect themselves from tick bites, cautions an expert.

A Memory Aid for Seniors: Laughter
Humor and laughter may help combat memory loss in the elderly, a new study suggests.

How You Digest Carbs May Influence Weight Gain, Study Says
The way your body digests carbohydrates may affect your risk for obesity, a new genetic study indicates.

Sunlight Might Be Good for Your Blood Pressure: Study
Sunlight is known to lower blood pressure, but now a team of British researchers has figured out why.

Beans, Lentils, Peas: Your Recipe for Lower Cholesterol?
Eating beans, lentils and other legumes may help you cut down on LDL "bad" cholesterol and lower your risk for heart disease, a new review suggests.

Sarasota Memorial – BayCare Affiliation Update
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System and BayCare Health System have mutually decided to end their management services relationship, effective June 20, 2014.

Health Tip - Learn the Signs of Whooping Cough
Whooping cough (pertussis) is a viral infection that can cause serious complications in children under age 1.

Sarasota Memorial Pain Care Center Welcomes Two New Pain Care Specialists
Sarasota Memorial welcomed two new pain medicine specialists to its Pain Care program last month.

FDA Sets Safety Standards for Infant Formula
A new rule that aims to ensure the safety of infant formula has been finalized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Researchers Explore New Target for Malaria Vaccine
Scientists have developed a new vaccine for malaria using protective immune system cells from children who appear to be naturally resistant to the deadly infectious disease.

Beauty, Not Health May Spur Teens to Use Sunscreen
If you really want to motivate teens to use sunscreen, you might try appealing to their vanity.

Parlane Reid, MD, Receives Psychiatric Profession’s Highest Honor
APA recognized him as a Distinguished Life Fellow for a lifetime dedicated to improving the lives of people with mental illness through clinical practice, research, community outreach and public policy/advocacy work.

A Walk a Day Keeps Disability at Bay
Daily walks can help older adults remain mobile and improve their quality of life, a new study reveals.

Consistent Protein Intake Key to Muscle Strength, Study Says
You need to consume adequate amounts of protein at each meal of the day to keep your muscles at their best, a new study shows.

Could Reducing Stress Help Bring On a Migraine?
n a surprising twist on how stress may affect migraine risk, new research suggests that patients who are able to lower their stress levels may end up inadvertently boosting their immediate risk for a migraine attack.

Study: Few Americans Getting Proper Stroke Treatment
A recent study finds that most stroke victims are within reach of potentially life-saving treatment – they're just not getting it.

Health Tip - Maintaining Healthy Joints
Taking good care of your joints can help prevent pain, stiffness and other common symptoms of arthritis as you get older.

Stressed by Work-Life Balance? Just Exercise
Feeling conflicted by the push-pull of work and family life? New research suggests that regular exercise can help balance out those feelings.

SMH Names 2014 Nurses of Excellence
This year's Nurses of Excellence and PCT/MSTs (Patient Care/Multi-Skill Techs) of Excellence.

2nd MERS Case Identified in U.S.
A second case of MERS -- the potentially fatal respiratory virus that initially surfaced in the Middle East two years ago -- has been detected in the United States, federal health officials said Monday.

Scientists ID New Genes Linked to Belly Fat
Researchers who identified five new genes linked to belly fat say their findings could help efforts to develop medicines to treat obesity or obesity-related diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

SMH Pays Tribute to its 1,200 Nurses
National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and culminates on Nightingale's birthday.

Less Salt Use Tied to Drop in U.K. Heart Deaths
A drop in salt consumption likely played a big role in a recent large reduction in deaths related to heart disease and stroke in England, a new study suggests.

Becker's Healthcare Names SMH Among 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare
Becker's Healthcare has named Sarasota Memorial Health Care System one of the 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare for 2014.

Thinking, Memory Problems Tied to Blockages in Neck Artery
Blockage of the carotid artery in the neck appears to increase the odds for memory and thinking problems, a new study indicates.

Exercise in Youth Boosts Bone Strength Later: Study
Physical exercise at a young age increases bone health, and those benefits continue with age, a new study of baseball players finds.

E-Cigarettes - Separating Fiction From Fact
When a smokers' thoughts turn to quitting, some people may choose to trade their tobacco cigarettes for an electronic cigarette.

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System CEO Stepping Down June 1
After nearly 10 years at the helm, Gwen MacKenzie is stepping down as president & CEO of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System

Kids' Body Image Shaped by Parents, Expert Says
Parents play a crucial role in helping children develop a positive body image and healthy eating habits, an expert says.

Your Healthy Bacteria Are as Individual as You Are
When it comes to the communities of helpful bacteria living in and on people, "one-size-fits-all" is definitely not the rule, a new study finds.

Suncoast Surgeon Performs Region’s 1st Robotic Hysterectomy Through Single Belly Button Incision
The robotic surgical team at Sarasota Memorial Hospital performed the region’s first robotic-assisted hysterectomy last week through a single tiny incision in a patient’s belly button.

Dr. Carey, SMH Designated Florida’s First Robotic Epicenter for Urology-Led Gynecologic Surgery
Sarasota Memorial Hospital and urologic surgeon Robert I. Carey, MD PhD FACS have been designated as the first and only Robotic Surgery Training Epicenter in Florida

U.S. Lung Cancer Rates Continue to Drop: CDC
As fewer Americans smoke, the number of people who develop lung cancer continues to drop, U.S. health officials report.

Sarasota Memorial Urgent Care Center at Bee Ridge Now Open
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System opened its fifth urgent care center, at 5590 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, Florida 34233

U.S. Autism Estimates Rise by 30 Percent for Kids
One in 68 American children is now diagnosed with autism or a related disorder, federal health officials reported recently.

Americans Eating Better, Cutting Calories: USDA
American adults are eating healthier diets, making better use of nutrition information on food labels, consuming more fiber and less cholesterol, and getting fewer calories from total fat and saturated fat, a federal government report says.

Does Self-Esteem Affect Seniors' Health?
High levels of self-esteem might mean better health for seniors, according to a new study.

More Americans Getting High Blood Pressure Under Control - CDC
Efforts to help millions of Americans battling high blood pressure may be succeeding, but much more work needs to be done, U.S. health officials report.

Health Tip: Need Extra Iron?
Iron is an essential mineral that's usually found in a healthy, balanced diet. It helps the blood circulate oxygen throughout the body.

Allergy Season Springs Into Bloom
Many people are happy to see the end of this long, cold winter, but those with pollen allergies might not greet spring with open arms.

Secondhand Smoke in Childhood Thickens Arteries
Secondhand smoke causes irreversible damage to children's arteries and puts them at increased risk for heart attack and stroke later in life, a new study says.

Meditation May Reduce Mild Depression, Anxiety
Daily meditation might help some people relieve anxiety, depression and pain, Johns Hopkins University researchers report.

Eat Well in March and Enjoy National Nutrition Month
“Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” - the important role of healthful eating and physical activity to manage weight and prevent chronic disease.

Gluten-Free Diet May Help Protect Bones in People With Celiac Disease
Long-term damage to the intestines could raise the risk of hip fractures in people with celiac disease, a new study suggests.

Sleep Disrupted? Maybe It's Daylight Saving Time
Sleep problems may surface for some after clocks were moved forward an hour Sunday morning for Daylight Saving Time because many people have difficulty changing their body clocks, a sleep expert says.

Health Tip: Packing Baby's Diaper Bag
Before you head out with baby in tow, make sure you've safely and properly packed a diaper bag.

Too Much Sitting After 60 May Lead to Disability, Study Says
Too much sitting has been linked to increased risk for health problems such as heart failure and earlier death. Now, a new study finds older adults who sit too much are more likely to be disabled -- regardless of their exercise habits.

SMH recruits female physicians to counter primary care shortage
In recent months, SMH welcomed three new female physicians Sarasota Memorial’s First Physician Group. All are family medicine specialists providing primary care in medically underserved North Port and south Sarasota County.

FDA Wants to Update Food Labels
America's food labels may get their first makeover in more than 20 years.

Restless Sleep Linked to Widespread Pain in Older Adults
Waking up and not feeling rested isn't just annoying. Researchers say that "non-restorative sleep" is the biggest risk factor for the development of widespread pain in older adults.

My Father's Keeper: Caring for a Parent With Dementia
Four years ago, Kate Phillips became a family caregiver without quite realizing what she was getting into.

For Seniors With Dementia, the Choice to Live Alone Can Be a Risky One
For the millions of Americans with dementia, staying at home for as long as possible is a common goal. But independent living can pose certain risks for these adults -- and prove challenging for family caregivers.

Controlling Blood Pressure, Cholesterol May Not Boost Brain Health for Diabetics
It's well known that having type 2 diabetes can increase a person's chances of impaired memory and thinking. But a new study suggests that intensive treatment of blood pressure and cholesterol levels in people with diabetes won't help lower that risk.

Keep Your Toddler's Body Clock in Mind at Bedtime
Putting toddlers to bed at a time that's out of sync with their internal body clock could lead to sleep problems, according to a small new study.

SMH Earns Advanced Heart Failure, Stroke Care Certification
SMH once again has demonstrates its superiority in treating two life-threatening conditions that affect millions of people each year.

Many Parents of Obese Children Underestimate Their Weight
Half the parents of overweight or obese children don't think their kids have a weight problem, a new analysis reveals.

Blood Test Might Help Tell When Peanut Allergy Is Gone: Study
A type of treatment to help build up resistance in people with peanut allergy might leave telltale signs in the people's immune-system DNA, a new study reveals.

SMH heart surgeon helps NBA hopeful
Growing up in West Africa, Ibrahima Diallo shared a goal common among many Senegalese boys – to become strong, tall and fast enough to be noticed by an NBA scout and hopefully earn a basketball scholarship in the United States.

Post-Surgical Tests Might Help Spot Colon Cancer's Return
A pair of common tests might help colorectal cancer patients who have undergone surgery remain cancer-free, British researchers say.

U.S. Flu Cases Continue to Climb
Flu season continues to tighten its grip on the United States, with 35 states now experiencing widespread influenza activity, federal officials reported Friday.

Potentially Helpful Omega-3 Fatty Acids Can Cross to Brain: Study
Omega-3 fatty acids -- nutrients long thought to be helpful for neurological health -- can cross the usually impenetrable blood-brain barrier and make their way into the brain, a new study suggests.

Sarasota Memorial Ranked Among 100 Hospitals With Great Women’s Programs
Becker's Hospital Review lists SMH amongst "100 Hospitals with Great Women's Health Programs" in 2013

Blood Test Shows Promise in Gauging Risk for Pregnancy Complication
A new blood test might help doctors determine if a woman will develop a severe form of high blood pressure, known as preeclampsia, during pregnancy, a new study shows.

Get Fit in Middle Age to Cut Heart Failure Risk, Study Says
People who are obese or out of shape in their 40s or 50s might think it's too late to start getting fit, but new research finds that shaping up in middle age lowers the odds for heart failure later in life.

Sarasota Memorial Again Honored Among Nation's "Magnet" Hospitals
Sarasota Memorial Hospital succeeded in achieving Magnet designation for the third time

Sarasota Memorial Welcomes New Family Physician in Venice
Meghan Buhler, MD, a new family practice physician for First Physician Group (FPG), begins accepting new patients.

People Can Emit Flu Germs in Air Up to 6 Feet Away, Study Finds
People suffering from the flu can give off small virus particles into the air at greater distances than previously thought, putting the health care workers who treat these patients at increased risk for getting the virus themselves, researchers report.

Does Caffeine in Coffee Perk Up Heart Health?
Coffee seems to offer a mysterious benefit to heart health -- one that doctors have been at pains to explain.

Balance Training Seems to Prevent Falls by Elderly
Exercise programs meant to prevent falls in seniors may also help prevent injuries caused by falls, according to a new review.

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