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Health behavior, health promotion and society

Section edited by Frances Kay-Lambkin

This section aims to publish studies examining the cultural, economic and societal influences that inform lifestyle choices and health behaviours, from drug, alcohol and cigarette consumption, to perceptions of safe sexual behaviour and vaccine uptake, enabling all communities to increase control over their health, and empower them to maintain, attain, or regain good health and prevent disease.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Sedentary behaviors are prevalent in Chinese children, however, the studies on their trends and socioeconomic disparities are scarce. We examined the time trends of daily television (TV) viewing and video game...

    Authors: Wei-Jie Gong, Daniel Yee-Tak Fong, Man-Ping Wang, Tai-Hing Lam, Thomas Wai-Hung Chung and Sai-Yin Ho

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:754

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    Tobacco smoking is a recognized risk factor for many chronic diseases and previous study evidences have indicated that smokers receive smoking cessation service after the diagnosis of chronic diseases increase...

    Authors: Ruiping Wang, Yonggen Jiang, Chunxia Yao, Meiying Zhu, Qi Zhao, Limei Huang, Guimin Wang, Ying Guan, Engelgau Michael and Genming Zhao

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:753

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Globally, alcohol use is responsible for 320 deaths every hour, and the impact is more among those in the younger age group. Despite the adverse health and social challenges associated with alcohol use, alcoho...

    Authors: Anthony Idowu Ajayi, Eyitayo Omolara Owolabi and Oluyinka Olutola Olajire

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:752

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Health-promoting behaviour is an important concept for health education. Unfortunately, there is a dearth of validated instruments to measure levels of health-promoting behaviour in the Malaysian context. The ...

    Authors: Garry Kuan, Yee Cheng Kueh, Nurzulaikha Abdullah and Evelyn Li Min Tai

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:751

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  5. Content type: Study protocol

    The European school-based drug addiction prevention program Unplugged was adapted to the Brazilian context by the Ministry of Health and renamed #Tamojunto. Its first implementations, in the form of a public p...

    Authors: Zila M. Sanchez, Juliana Y. Valente, Ana Paula Dias Pereira, Hugo Cogo-Moreira, Márcia H. S. Melo, Sheila C. Caetano and Jair J. Mari

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:750

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Increased global urbanisation has led to public health challenges. Community gardens are identified as a mechanism for addressing socio-ecological determinants of health. This study aims to explore motives for...

    Authors: Jonathan Kingsley, Emily Foenander and Aisling Bailey

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:745

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Smoking remains one of the major preventable causes of chronic diseases. Considering the promising evidence on the effectiveness of mobile technology for health behaviour change, along with the increasing adop...

    Authors: Nikita B. Rajani, Dominik Weth, Nikolaos Mastellos and Filippos T. Filippidis

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:743

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Smoking prevention programmes that reach adolescents before they experiment with tobacco may reduce the prevalence of tobacco use. ASSIST is a school-based, peer-led smoking prevention programme that encourage...

    Authors: Fiona Dobbie, Richard Purves, Jennifer McKell, Nadine Dougall, Rona Campbell, James White, Amanda Amos, Laurence Moore and Linda Bauld

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:742

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  9. Content type: Study protocol

    Beginning in 2017 we have conducted a 3-arm randomised controlled trial (RCT) to determine the effectiveness of an early obesity intervention in the first two years of life using either telephone or Short Mess...

    Authors: Li Ming Wen, Chris Rissel, Huilan Xu, Sarah Taki, Wendy Smith, Karen Bedford, Alison J. Hayes, Philayrath Phongsavan, Judy M. Simpson, Miranda J. Shaw, Renee Moreton and Louise A. Baur

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:739

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  10. Content type: Study protocol

    Fun For Wellness (FFW) is an online behavioral intervention developed to encourage growth in well-being by providing capability-enhancing learning opportunities to participants. Self-efficacy theory guides the...

    Authors: Nicholas D. Myers, Isaac Prilleltensky, Seungmin Lee, Samantha Dietz, Ora Prilleltensky, Adam McMahon, Karin A. Pfeiffer, Morgan E. Ellithorpe and Ahnalee M. Brincks

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:737

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Little is known about the role of social class in the association between adiposity measures and self-rated health, and several studies have evaluated its influence as a confounder. The aim of the study is to ...

    Authors: Thaís Lopes de Oliveira, Rosane Harter Griep, Joanna Nery Guimarães, Luana Giatti, Dóra Chor and Maria de Jesus Mendes da Fonseca

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:734

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  12. Content type: Research article

    A physically active lifestyle contributes to the prevention of lifestyle diseases, promotion of physical health, and reduction of pain, among other benefits. Being physically active also promotes mental health...

    Authors: Sengül Sari, Randi Bilberg, Anette Søgaard Nielsen and Kirsten Kaya Roessler

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:727

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Development of drug resistance caused by self-medication with antibiotics, can be seen as one of the growing global threats. Self-medication is defined as the selection and use of medicines by individuals to t...

    Authors: Yonatan Ateshim, Batseba Bereket, Feruz Major, Youel Emun, Biruck Woldai, Ismail Pasha, Eyasu Habte and Mulugeta Russom

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:726

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Depression, the world’s leading cause of disability, disproportionately affects women. Women in India, one of the most gender unequal countries worldwide, face systemic gender disadvantage that significantly i...

    Authors: Nicola Gailits, Kaaren Mathias, Elysée Nouvet, Pooja Pillai and Lisa Schwartz

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:725

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  15. Content type: Study protocol

    Intimate partner violence (IPV) around the time of pregnancy is a recognized global health problem with damaging consequences. However, little is known about the effect of violence assessment and intervention ...

    Authors: Lena Henriksen, Eva Marie Flaathen, Jeanette Angelshaug, Lisa Garnweidner-Holme, Milada Cvancarova Småstuen, Josef Noll, Angela Taft, Berit Schei and Mirjam Lukasse

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:724

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  16. Content type: Research article

    The HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men (MSM) in China has increased yearly. This study aimed to explore the association between the characteristics of social communication and condomless anal inter...

    Authors: Juan Yang, Huifang Xu, Shuo Li, Weibin Cheng, Yuzhou Gu, Peng Xu, Qiuyan Yu and Fan Lv

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:722

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Adherence to ART is the primary determinant of viral suppression and the risk of transmission, disease progression and death. Adherence of at least 95% is needed for optimal suppression. This study aimed at de...

    Authors: Sujan Neupane, Govinda Prasad Dhungana and Harish Chandra Ghimire

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:720

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Stroke is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in Ghana and sometimes comes with multifaceted complications including sexual dysfunction. While evidence is clear that living with stroke can result in sexua...

    Authors: Olutobi Adekunle Sanuade

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:717

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  19. Content type: Research article

    In the context of an ageing population and an increase in the appearance of chronic diseases, the commitment of caregivers makes it possible for people confronted with disease to remain at home. Over time, the...

    Authors: Marie-Conception Leocadie, Hélène Lefebvre and Monique Rothan-Tondeur

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:714

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  20. Content type: Study protocol

    Adolescence is a period of elevated stress sensitivity, which places adolescents at increased risk of developing mental health problems such as burnout, depression, anxiety, and externalizing problems. Early i...

    Authors: Amanda W. G. van Loon, Hanneke E. Creemers, Simone Vogelaar, Nadira Saab, Anne C. Miers, P. Michiel Westenberg and Jessica J. Asscher

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:712

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  21. Content type: Study protocol

    The changes in China’s family planning policy in recent years have led to changes in the age structure of pregnant women, and the prevalence of postpartum depression (PPD) is also on the rise. Cognitive Behavi...

    Authors: Mei Sun, Siyuan Tang, Jiarui Chen, Ying Li, Wenhui Bai, Virginia Plummer, Louisa Lam, Chunxiang Qin and Wendy M. Cross

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:710

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  22. Content type: Research article

    The combined association of physical activity and sedentary behavior with adverse health factors is not yet clear in the literature. A combined analysis of physical activity level and sedentary behavior may pr...

    Authors: Venicius Dantas da Silva, Sheilla Tribess, Joilson Meneguci, Jeffer Eidi Sasaki, Cíntia Aparecida Garcia-Meneguci, José Ailton Oliveira Carneiro and Jair Sindra Virtuoso Jr

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:709

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  23. Content type: Research article

    In the Gaza strip, diarrhea is one of main reasons for children visiting primary healthcare centers. Hence, we investigate predictors of the diarrheal illness and health care-seeking behavior among different a...

    Authors: Samer Abuzerr, Simin Nasseri, Masud Yunesian, Mahdi Hadi, Amir Hossein Mahvi, Ramin Nabizadeh and Ayman Abu Mustafa

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:704

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  24. Content type: Research article

    While schools have potential to contribute to children’s health and healthy behaviour, embedding health promotion within complex school systems is challenging. The ‘Healthy Primary School of the Future’ (HPSF)...

    Authors: N. H. M. Bartelink, P. van Assema, M. W. J. Jansen, H. H. C. M. Savelberg, G. F. Moore, J. Hawkins and S. P. J. Kremers

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:698

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  25. Content type: Study protocol

    Many studies have demonstrated positive effects of physical activity on children’s health such as improved cardiorespiratory function and decreased obesity. Physical activity has also been found to have positi...

    Authors: Kenji Takehara, Togoobaatar Ganchimeg, Akihito Kikuchi, Lkagvasuren Gundegmaa, Lkagvasuren Altantsetseg, Ai Aoki, Takemune Fukuie, Kazuya Suwabe, Shagdar Bat-Erdene, Masashi Mikami, Rintaro Mori and Hideaki Soya

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:697

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  26. Content type: Study protocol

    Intimate partner violence can have a devastating impact on victims’ psychological and physical health and ability to maintain and preserve interpersonal relationships. The aim of the current study is to empiri...

    Authors: Dayna M. Maniccia and Janel M. Leone

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:692

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  27. Content type: Research article

    The prevalence of periodontal disease is increasing among elderly individuals in Japan. Reports on the risk factors for tooth loss have included socioeconomic status (SES); however, few studies have addressed ...

    Authors: Nobue Nakahori, Michikazu Sekine, Masaaki Yamada, Takashi Tatsuse, Hideki Kido and Michio Suzuki

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:691

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Reproductive health is a part of a comprehensive definition of complete physical, mental and social well-being. Sex education is an important aspect of public health. Ignorance, due to the lack of sex educatio...

    Authors: Damian Warzecha, Iwona Szymusik, Bronislawa Pietrzak, Katarzyna Kosinska-Kaczynska, Janusz Sierdzinski, Nicole Sochacki-Wojcicka and Miroslaw Wielgos

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:689

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  29. Content type: Study protocol

    The health benefits of physical exercise have been shown to be important in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases in patients with hypertension, dyslipidaemia or diabetes. However, few strategies have demo...

    Authors: David C. Missud, Elsa Parot-Schinkel, Laurent Connan, Bruno Vielle and Jean-François Huez

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:688

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  30. Content type: Study protocol

    Traditional exercise [supervised exercise (SE)] intervention has been proved to be one of the most effective ways to improve metabolic health. However, most exercise interventions were on a high-cost and small...

    Authors: Yue Fang, Yunsheng Ma, Dandan Mo, Shunxing Zhang, Mi Xiang and Zhiruo Zhang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:686

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Positive youth development (PYD) models are effective in improving adolescent sexual health. Adolescent programs including peer educators, parents and the wider community also demonstrate effectiveness in impr...

    Authors: Brianna C. S. Crocker, Sabrina W. Pit, Vibeke Hansen, Franklin John-Leader and Mary Louise Wright

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:681

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Worldwide, roughly 80% of adolescents fail to meet World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations regarding physical activity, though there is substantial variation in adolescent physical activity prevalence ...

    Authors: Dominic Weinberg, Gonneke W. J. M. Stevens, Jens Bucksch, Jo Inchley and Margaretha de Looze

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:680

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  33. Content type: Research article

    In 2014, Alberta, Canada broke new ground in having the first provincial healthcare policy and procedure for advance care planning (ACP), the process of communicating and documenting a person’s future healthca...

    Authors: Patricia D. Biondo, Seema King, Barinder Minhas, Konrad Fassbender and Jessica E. Simon

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:679

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  34. Content type: Research article

    The total number of people with dementia is increasing worldwide, due to our aging society. Without a disease-modifying drug available, risk reduction strategies are to date the only promising way to reduce de...

    Authors: Irene Heger, Kay Deckers, Martin van Boxtel, Marjolein de Vugt, KlaasJan Hajema, Frans Verhey and Sebastian Köhler

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:678

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  35. Content type: Study protocol

    Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) has demonstrated patients’ physiological and psychosocial improvements, symptoms reduction and health-economic benefits whilst enhances the ability of the whole family to adjust t...

    Authors: Alda Marques, Cristina Jácome, Patrícia Rebelo, Cátia Paixão, Ana Oliveira, Joana Cruz, Célia Freitas, Marília Rua, Helena Loureiro, Cristina Peguinho, Fábio Marques, Adriana Simões, Madalena Santos, Paula Martins, Alexandra André, Sílvia De Francesco…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:676

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  36. Content type: Research article

    The HealthyFood (HF) program offers members up to 25% cash back monthly on healthy food purchases. In this randomized controlled trial, we tested the efficacy of financial incentives combined with text message...

    Authors: Anjali Gopalan, Pamela A. Shaw, Raymond Lim, Jithen Paramanund, Deepak Patel, Jingsan Zhu, Kevin G. Volpp and Alison M. Buttenheim

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:674

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  37. Content type: Research article

    There has been an increasing interest in urban agriculture (UA) practice and research in recent years. Scholars have already reported numerous beneficial and potential adverse impacts of UA on health-related o...

    Authors: Pierre Paul Audate, Melissa A. Fernandez, Geneviève Cloutier and Alexandre Lebel

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:672

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  38. Content type: Research article

    College students may be vulnerable to food insecurity due to limited financial resources, decreased buying power of federal aid, and rising costs of tuition, housing, and food. This study assessed the prevalen...

    Authors: Aseel El Zein, Karla P. Shelnutt, Sarah Colby, Melissa J. Vilaro, Wenjun Zhou, Geoffrey Greene, Melissa D. Olfert, Kristin Riggsbee, Jesse Stabile Morrell and Anne E. Mathews

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:660

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Studies have shown that presenting correct information about group norms to correct misperceptions of norms can influence health behaviours. In two online studies we investigated how different ways of communic...

    Authors: Sandro T. Stoffel, Maria Goodwin, Monika Sieverding, Ivo Vlaev and Christian von Wagner

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:658

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Cyberbullying is a growing public health concern threatening the well-being of adolescents in both developed and developing countries. In Taiwan, qualitative research exploring the experiences and perceptions ...

    Authors: Chia-Wen Wang, Patou Masika Musumari, Teeranee Techasrivichien, S. Pilar Suguimoto, Chang-Chuan Chan, Masako Ono-Kihara, Masahiro Kihara and Takeo Nakayama

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:654

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  41. Content type: Study protocol

    Colorectal cancer (CRC) screening, such as fecal occult blood test (FOBT), is an effective way to prevent CRC, one of the most common cancers worldwide. However, studies found that South Asian ethnic minoritie...

    Authors: Winnie K. W. So, Bernard M. H. Law, Kai Chow Choi, Dorothy N. S. Chan and Carmen W. H. Chan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:652

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Handwashing prevalence in schools in Kenya is low due to lack of access to water and soap and lack of drive for handwashing. Soapy water made from detergent powder is an inexpensive alternative to bar soap and...

    Authors: Wit Wichaidit, Rachel Steinacher, Jemima Akinyi Okal, Jaynie Whinnery, Clair Null, Katarzyna Kordas, Jihnhee Yu, Amy J. Pickering and Pavani K. Ram

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:647

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  43. Content type: Study protocol

    Adolescent girls are less physically active than recommended for health, and levels decline further as they approach adulthood. Peers can influence adolescent girls’ physical activity. Interventions capitalisi...

    Authors: Kathryn Willis, Byron Tibbitts, Simon J. Sebire, Tom Reid, Stephanie J. MacNeill, Emily Sanderson, William Hollingworth, Rebecca Kandiyali, Rona Campbell, Ruth R. Kipping and Russell Jago

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:644

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Early identification of stroke symptoms and rapid access to the emergency services increases an individual’s chance of receiving thrombolytic therapy and reduces the likelihood of infirmity. The UK’s national ...

    Authors: Alison Morrow, Christopher B. Miller and Stephan U. Dombrowski

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:643

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Tobacco vaporizers heat tobacco without burning it, to produce an inhalable aerosol. Various models have recently appeared on the market, mostly manufactured by the tobacco industry, but few of the studies pub...

    Authors: Sébastien Queloz and Jean-François Etter

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:642

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Physical activity is effective for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease, yet insufficient evidence is available to make comparisons regarding adherence to aerobic physical activity interventions amo...

    Authors: Tiffany Bullard, Mengmeng Ji, Ruopeng An, Linda Trinh, Michael Mackenzie and Sean P. Mullen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:636

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Up to 80% of the adult homeless population use tobacco, and smoking cessation programs could offer an important opportunity to address preventable mortality and morbidity for this population. This population f...

    Authors: Rebekah Pratt, Claire Pernat, Linda Kerandi, Azul Kmiecik, Cathy Strobel-Ayres, Anne Joseph, Susan A. Everson Rose, Xianghua Luo, Ned Cooney, Janet Thomas and Kola Okuyemi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:635

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  48. Content type: Research article

    Active breaks in the classroom have been shown to be effective for increasing children’s physical activity, while simultaneously improving classroom behaviour outcomes. However, there is limited evidence on th...

    Authors: Amanda Watson, Anna Timperio, Helen Brown and Kylie D. Hesketh

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:633

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