Natural Partners 2018 Trends to Watch

By Natural Partners

Gentle Detoxes-

Detoxing has been under fire mainly due to a seemingly endless stream of claims of how it can “fix” you without any hard science behind it. The general public has a fuzzy idea of what detoxing is, what it actually means, how to do it, why do it, what it actually does for you, what type is best for you, and the list goes on. Because of the popularity of so many different detoxes, people get that they are generally a good thing, but the specifics get lost in translation and ultimately they try them with minimal to no success left feeling a little jaded. This is why the idea of a “gentle detox” is gaining popularity. People are looking for a more realistic way to gently support their bodies natural detox pathways on a regular basis without having to go to any extremes. The idea of everything in balance is at the heart of this movement and we don’t expect it to fizzle out.

What this means for us:

Professionals might experience patients and customers asking about ways to support a gentle detox. Potentially, we could see a rise in the supplements which support this such as liver support, GI support, targeted probiotics and the like. Take notice for trends specifically in skincare as well. Because part of a healthy lifestyle to support gentle cleansing involves having really “clean” products, brands are going to be under the microscope now more than ever for transparency, quality of ingredients and even the cleanliness of packaging.

Personalized Medicine-

Often referred to as Targeted Medicine, individuals are able to now shift the focus of their healthcare on preventative measures by looking specifically at their genetics to see what they may be in risk of and how to accurately target and treat disease. The major medical communities are all sprinting to stay ahead of this new game so that they can meet patient demands.

What this means for us:

Naturopathic and integrative medicine have fundamentally focused on prevention and looking at the patient as a unique individual. What changes now however is that people want to deep dive into their genome and integrative practitioners need to be prepared to meet the needs of these patients, help them interpret findings and results, and formulate a plan for prevention and treatment.

Focus on Good Sleep-

Collectively, the naturopathic community has been shouting from the hilltops about how important sleep is, and not just sleep, but getting enough of it and having good quality of it. The general public can be a little slow to adopt, but the tide is rising on sleep awareness and the people want more. We are seeing a significant upward trend in sleep support products, but also more of an interest in sleep itself as people recognize how important it is and may not know where to start.

What this means for us:

Education is key. Offering advice for sleep related health and issues will go a long way. This is a great topic to cover in patient to practitioner communication or even in professional sources such as blogs and newsletters. Also, we recommend catching up with the latest in sleep support supplements and products. As the demand rises for sleep products, manufacturers are meeting the challenges with innovative products that can potentially make a big difference in the quality of not only patient’s sleep, but overall quality of life.

Unplugging is the New Cool-

We have been riding the wave of mass social media usage for over 7 years and the data and findings are startling. Social media use is impacting people on a social, psychological, and even physical level. Subsequent generations are suffering the consequences of heavy social media use by looking for a dopamine hit from likes and approval, which in turn is actually altering human behavioral interaction at a very basic level. People are becoming more and more aware of this data and are now looking for ways to wean themselves off of social media or even go completely cold turkey and deactivate their accounts.

What this means for us:

Practitioners are going to need to be able to help patients and customers “cut the cord” from essentially an addiction. While products that focus on stress reduction and mental focus/clarity are already on the rise, we anticipate the demand to be higher than ever.

Mainstream Veganism-

If you are seeing “plant-based” everywhere, you’re not alone. The idea of leading a plant-based lifestyle has given way to a rise in veganism and its social acceptability going from an extreme diet to a responsible lifestyle. Culturally, people are becoming more and more keen on adopting compassion and veganism naturally fits. Many find themselves compelled to have a plant-based diet because of environmental concerns. Whatever the case may be, veganism is gaining steam and shows no signs of slowing down.

What this means for us:

The food industry is meeting the demand for vegan foods with incredible new products and the supplement industry is right behind. Consumers have been asking for more vegan supplements and products, now they are demanding them. Help your patients and customers by staying up to date on the latest vegan formulations for some of the most commonly used products like multivitamins, probiotics, and meal powders to help them make an easier transition into a plant-based lifestyle.


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Blood Orange Pistachio & Rose Rugelach

By Natural Partners

Vegan, Whole Grains, Low Sugar

We love this recipe because it elevates a classic, with cleaner ingredients and a nod to middle-Eastern flavors. It is completely vegan, but you can use traditional butter and sour cream for your dough if desired. Middle-Eastern markets should have rose, or you can dry some petals out overnight in a low oven if you plan ahead.

 

Dough-

1 cup vegan butter (we love Miyoko’s cultured vegan butter)

1 package vegan cream cheese (you can use 1 ½ cups plain vegan yogurt if you can’t find cream cheese)

½ cup almond flour

½ cup coconut flour

1 cup whole grain flour of choice (using a flour with gluten like whole wheat flour works best, but you can use a gluten-free substitute)

¼ teaspoon sea salt

 

Filling-

2 medium blood oranges

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

1 cup organic raw cane sugar or coconut sugar

1 cup erythritol crystals

⅓ cup water

1/2 pack powdered fruit pectin (about 1 ounce)

 

Topping-

½ cup pistachios, shelled

4 dried rose petals

1 teaspoon finishing sea salt

 

To make the dough, be sure your butter and cream cheese are quite cold and chop into cubes. Keep them stored in the fridge until you are ready to use.

 

In a food processor, pulse the flours together, then the salt. Add in the butter and cheese in thirds and pulse. You are looking for a consistency of pea gravel. Remove the dough and form it into a large ball. Divide the ball into 2 and wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or even up to 2 days.

 

To make the filling, remove the zest from the oranges using a peeler or zester. Do not go very deep, you just want the color and not the white pith. Finely chop the zest and set aside.

 

Peel the rest of the pith off of the oranges and roughly chop. Transfer the fruit and any of the juices that came out into a pot on high heat. Add in the chopped zest, lemon juice, sugar and erythritol and stir. Once the mix begins to bubble, whisk in the water and pectin. Stir with a whisk for about 3 minutes or until the mix has reduced by at least half. If it gets too hot, reduce your heat to a medium, be very careful to not let the bottom of the pot burn. When the mix is nice and thick, set aside to cool.

 

To make the topping, toast the pistachios over medium heat in a pan. Make sure you move them around, otherwise they can burn easily. This should only take ½ minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and coarse chop.

 

Add the nuts to a bowl, mix in the salt and then roughly crumble the rose mixture in as well. Lightly stir and set aside.

 

When you are ready to assemble everything, Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Take your dough out of the fridge and clear a clean surface to roll it out. Sprinkle the counter with some of your flour and lightly dust your rolling pin. Roll each dough circle out to about ⅛-¼” thick rounds.

 

Liberally spread the blood orange marmalade on top of the dough evenly and all the way to the edges. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough into even 1/16 pizza shaped slices.

 

Starting from the outer edge in, roll each piece into a crescent shape. Transfer rugelach onto a cookie tray lined with parchment paper and space evenly apart. Sprinkle the top of each rugelach evenly with the nut and rose mix.

 

Bake for about 20-25 minutes on the center rack until they are golden brown and some of the filling at the edges has caramelized. Allow them to cool before enjoying!


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Magnesium and Blood Pressure: A Meta-Analysis of Clinical Trials

By TAP Integrative

Magnesium may have a beneficial effect on blood pressure by modulating vascular tone, increasing nitric oxide release, and supporting endothelial function. To determine the pooled effect of magnesium supplementation on blood pressure, researchers conducted a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. The study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2017.

The meta-analysis included 11 randomized controlled trials, with a total of 543 subjects. All trials involved patients with a chronic condition, such as insulin resistance, prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, renal disease, or cancer. Of the 11 trials, 8 used magnesium chloride, 2 used magnesium asparate hydrochloride, 1 used magnesium pidolate, and 1 used Magnosolv-Granulat. Dosages ranged from 365mg to 450mg of elemental magnesium per day. Study durations ranged from 1 to 6 months.

The pooled results showed that magnesium supplementation significantly reduced both systolic blood pressure (SBP) and diastolic blood pressure (DBP) when compared with a placebo or control. Magnesium supplementation resulted in a mean SBP reduction of 4.18mmHg and a mean DBP reduction of 2.26mmHg from baseline to trial completion.

Given that even modest decreases in blood pressure translate into meaningful risk reductions for coronary heart disease, heart failure, and stroke, the hypotensive effect of magnesium supplementation is clinically meaningful. In addition to its direct hypotensive effect, additional studies have shown that magnesium may also improve conditions related to hypertension, such as insulin resistance and prediabetes. The results of this meta-analysis support a role for magnesium in managing blood pressure in patients with insulin resistance, prediabetes, and other chronic disease.

 

Reference 

Dibaba DT, Xun P, Song Y, Rosanoff A, Shechter M, He K. The effect of magnesium supplementation on blood pressure in individuals with insulin resistance, prediabetes, or noncommunicable chronic diseases: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Am J Clin Nutr. 2017;106(3):921-929.


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Everyone Stresses During the Holidays, Even Your Pets

By Natural Partners

The holidays are a wonderful time of year, but can also bring more stress and anxiety due to several factors including;

Travel

Frequent visitors

Facing family tensions

Financial stress

Physical stress from seasonal cold and flu

 

For most of us, we do what we can to cope with this stress, but have you considered there is an impact on your four-legged family as well? Pets are very sensitive to changes in their environments and the holidays are undoubtedly a time that can stress them out too. Pets can show signs of stress in many ways including loss of appetite, hair loss, constant itching and grooming, becoming less friendly and even aggressive, shaking or shivering when it’s not cold, and gastric distress such as diarrhea. To avoid undue stress for your fur babies this holiday season, try some of these preventative measures.

 

Make A Safe Zone-

Your pet should know they have one spot that is theirs and is quiet and sheltered from the commotion. It serves as their safe place when they’re stressed, knowing they can retreat there when needed.

 

Exercise/Play-

When active animals have too much pent up energy, they can take it out in strange ways. Add the stressful holiday season to the mix and you might have a recipe for disaster. Make sure you are getting them out for a good play that gives them sufficient exercise so they can work out some of their energy.

 

Digestive Support Supplement-

Just like people, animals need digestive support. Your pets will inevitably find a nibble of something or be hand-fed scraps, so be prepared for tummy problems. A daily probiotic or digestive support formula can help keep minor gastric distress issues at bay.

 

Check Yourself-

They say our pets are a reflection of us. Animals are so perceptive to energy and emotions that foul moods and stress can literally permeate to your pets. Be sure you are keeping your stress in check by committing to a daily practice such as meditation, yoga or working with a counselor.


*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


Unplug Before the Holidays

By Natural Partners

No matter what you celebrate, October to January can be hectic. Whether you have family coming into town, you’re going to visit friends and family, you have 900 handmade presents to make, 7,000 parties to attend, or 287 events to make an appearance at, we get it. Before rushing into the festivities, it’s a good idea to take time NOW to unplug a little and instill some good practices to get you peacefully through the holidays.

 

Start Taking Adaptogens:  Now

 

Adaptogenic herbs help your body do exactly that, adapt to mental and physical stress by keeping your hormone levels balanced. It’s a good daily practice to add them into your supplement protocol. Because they are slow acting, you will start seeing a difference 1-2 weeks after taking them everyday, but stick to it, they’re worth it!

 

There is no right way to take an adaptogen because they come in many cool delivery forms, but we recommend a professional grade capsule. Ashwaganda, Holy Basil and Reishi mushroom all help calm the body, while others like Maca and Ginseng help enhance performance and cognition. Some herbs like turmeric, known for its anti-inflammatory properties, have adaptogenic properties as well.

 

Don’t Neglect Introspection-

 

It isn’t a secret that taking even just 10 minutes a day to meditate, practice  intentional breathing, yoga, journaling, or whatever it is that works for you, can make a significant difference in your stress levels. This time of year, do not neglect this practice! Put reminders in your calendar, set an alarm, whatever it is that will help you keep this daily practice alive. You’ll thank yourself later.

 

Sweat-

 

We know, with a full schedule, taking time to get your cardio workout in  is a huge undertaking. But consider this; your heart needs the work out, your blood vessels need it, your endocrine system needs it, your lungs need it, your brain needs it. Get the picture? The human body is designed to exert itself in spurts, just taking 20-30 minutes a day to get your heart rate up reaps enormous rewards. If that’s not motivating enough, you get a wonderful boost of mood elevating endorphins afterwards and who doesn’t need that during the holidays? Some good ways to sneak cardio in are a power walk on your lunch break, a quick walk with the kids or pets after dinner, or a quick HIIT (high intensity interval training) circuit when you wake up.

 

Remember, You are A Human-

 

Ever heard of Superman or Superwoman Syndrome? Well, that might be you. Take a minute to really get your priorities straight by keeping the things that are important to you at the forefront. Sometimes going that extra mile might actually cause you and/or your family more harm than good by spreading yourself too thin. When you’re stressed and over loaded, your immune system gets compromised and it welcomes infections and illness. You are not a robot, you are a sensitive and brilliant human being so treat yourself that way.

 


*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


Almonds Improve HDL Cholesterol Subspecies

By TAP Integrative

Higher concentrations of HDL cholesterol are associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, but evidence suggests that the cardioprotective effects of HDL depend more on HDL function and HDL subspecies than on absolute HDL concentrations. HDL function refers to actions such as reverse cholesterol transport from the periphery to the liver, a process that begins with cholesterol efflux from macrophages. HDL subspecies (including pre-β-1, pre-β2, α-1, α-2, α-3, and α-4) refer to HDL molecules that vary in size, density, and apolipoprotein composition.

Data from the Framingham Offspring Study showed that higher concentrations of α-1 HDL decreased the odds of ischemic heart disease, whereas higher concentrations of α-3 HDL increased the odds. Additional studies show that low concentrations of α-1 HDL and high concentrations of pre-β-1 HDL, alone or in combination, increase cardiovascular risk.

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University hypothesized that eating almonds in the context of a cholesterol-lowering diet would improve HDL function and HDL subspecies compared with a traditional cholesterol-lowering diet. To test this hypothesis, they analyzed stored samples from a previous controlled feeding trial.

The previous trial had demonstrated that a diet providing almonds (43g, or approximately 35 almonds per day) improved total HDL concentrations when compared with a similar diet providing an isocaloric muffin in place of almonds. The macronutrient content of the almond diet was 51% carbohydrate, 16% protein, 32% total fat, and 8% saturated fat. The macronutrient content for the control diet was 58% carbohydrate, 15% protein, 26% total fat, and 8% saturated fat.

In the overall analysis of samples, the almond diet improved α-1 HDL compared with the control diet. Subgroup analysis revealed that this effect was only observed in normal-weight individuals. In normal-weight individuals, the almond diet increased α-1 HDL, increased the α-1 to pre-β-1 ratio, increased non-ATP cassette transporter A1 cholesterol efflux, decreased pre-β-2 HDL, and decreased α-3 HDL. None of these effects were observed in the overweight or obese subgroups.

The authors conclude that in normal-weight individuals, almonds in the context of a cholesterol-lowering diet improve HDL subspecies by preventing the decrease in α-1 HDL caused by traditional low-fat diets.

Reference 

Berryman CE, Fleming JA, Kris-Etherton PM. Inclusion of Almonds in a Cholesterol-Lowering Diet Improves Plasma HDL Subspecies and Cholesterol Efflux to Serum in Normal-Weight Individuals with Elevated LDL Cholesterol. J Nutr. 2017;147(8):1517-1523.

 


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Male Midlife Changes? It Could be Manopause!

By Holly Lucille, ND, RN

Hey fellas!  Have you started to notice some not-so-welcomed changes? The hint of love handles around the mid-section, a loss of muscle tone, or maybe creeping blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels? You may even experience hot flashes or see occasional hiccups in your performance in the bedroom. If this sounds familiar, welcome to manopause!

Marked by falling testosterone levels, manopause (also known as andropause) typically hits men in mid-life. Since testosterone is essential for good health, as well as all those manly qualities that make life invigorating, low levels can trigger a constellation of these unwelcomed changes.

If you’re a 50-something guy and want to keep this in check, you may want to consider taking action. Adopting a healthy diet based on real food (think lean, clean protein, healthy fats, and lots of low glycemic vegetables) supports healthy hormone levels, helps keep your weight in check, and improves your overall health. If you drink, do so moderately since alcohol consumption has been shown to lower testosterone levels. It’s also important to get enough zzzz’s since men produce most of their daily testosterone while they sleep. Finally, break a sweat. Exercise naturally increases testosterone levels; in fact, clinical trials show that weightlifting, in particular, boosts the body’s natural testosterone production and as a bonus, exercise effectively lowers stress levels and improves mood.

Nutritional supplements can also help enhance your T naturally. One popular herb shown to boost testosterone levels is fenugreek. A new 12-week study of 50 volunteers that appeared in the International Journal of Medical Sciences found that a daily dose of 500 mg of fenugreek improved testosterone levels up to 46 percent in 90 percent of the participants. An earlier study reported that fenugreek raised both free (bioavailable) and total testosterone among a group of weightlifters. Plus, the herb increased strength and fat loss.

Tribulus terrestris is another herb long used to naturally raise testosterone levels. One 90-day double-blind study in men with erectile dysfunction found that taking tribulus improved performance and increased testosterone levels by 16 percent. Tribulus may work by raising blood levels of luteinizing hormone (LH). LH is produced by the pituitary gland and "turns on" natural testosterone production in humans.

If you’re in the midst of manopause, these herbs and lifestyle tweaks can help you look, feel, and perform like your younger self. And who wouldn’t want to recapture that?

References

Maheshwari A, Verma N, Swaroop A, et al. Efficacy of FurosapTM, a novel trigonella foenum-graecum seed extract, in enhancing testosterone level and improving sperm profile in male volunteers. Int J Med Sci. 2017;14(1):58-66.

Roaiah MF, El Khayat YI, GamalEL Din SF, et al. Pilot study on the effect of botanical medicine (Tribulus terrestris) on serum testosterone level and erectile function in aging males with particle androgen deficiency (PADAM). J Sex Marital Ther. 2016;42(4):297-301.

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holly
Holly Lucille, ND, RN
, is a passionate practicing N.D. and nationally acclaimed TV and radio host. She is also an educator, author and lecturer at various health institutions. Dr. Lucille is the past president of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association and was a recipient of SCNM Legacy Award and Daphne Blayden Award from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine.


*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


The Best Foods for Male Hormonal Support

By Natural Partners

Typically when you think of men’s hormonal imbalances, you think too high in estrogen and too low in testosterone. The key isn’t necessarily producing more testosterone, but getting your body to use it effectively and keeping your hormones balanced. Some people can go overboard thinking they’re eating foods that will increase testosterone production, but in reality they’re eating too many bad saturated fats which will in turn lower testosterone even more. This is why balance is so important, and for most men this means eat good fats, lots of antioxidants and the right minerals. Here a few foods that should become part of your daily diet for optimal male hormonal balance.

 

Cruciferous Veggies- Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and the like are nutrition heros for many reasons, but for men specifically because of its levels of Indole 3-Carbinol. Indole 3-Carbinol can flush out excess estrogen and help your testosterone be more effective.

 

Eggs- Organic, free-range eggs (specifically the yolks) are high in good cholesterol which serves as a precursor for the production of testosterone.

 

Garlic- Garlic is rich in a compound called Allicin which is a powerhouse for many things such as fighting infections and controlling blood sugar, but Allicin actually lowers cortisol. When cortisol levels are too high, it competes with testosterone.

 

Grapes- Dark skinned grapes are high in a compound called resveratrol which has been studied and proven to improve sperm mobility.

 

Honey- Honey is high in boron, which can help increase testosterone levels. Good unfiltered honey can also be high in Nitric Oxide which dilates blood vessels and can increase libido and sexual performance.

 

Oysters- Oysters and most shellfish are naturally high in zinc. Zinc can increase your libido, testosterone production and even sperm count.

 

Pomegranate- The powerful antioxidants in pomegranate help increase blood flow and therefore can help with impotence.

 

Venison- Venison is a great choice for meat eaters because it is not too high and not too low in saturated fats. Either end of the spectrum can cause a deficit in testosterone and is the right kind of protein to build lean muscle mass.

 

Sources:

De Santi M, Carloni E, Galluzzi L, Diotallevi A, Lucarini S, Magnani M, Brandi G. Inhibition of Testosterone Aromatization by the Indole-3-Carbinol derivative CTet in CYP19A1- Overexpressing MCF-7 breast cancer cells. Anticancer agents Med Chem. 2015; 15(7): 896-904.

de Souza ILL, Barros BC, de Oliveira GA, Queiroga FR, Toscano LT, Silva AS, Silva PM, Interaminense LFL, Cavalcante FA, da Silva BA. Hypercaloric Diet Establishes Erectile Dysfunction in Rat: Mechanisms Underlying the Endothelial Damage. Front Physiol. 2017 Oct 4;8:760. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2017.00760. eCollection 2017.

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

 


Probiotics Reduce the Risk of Gestational Diabetes

By TAP Integrative

 

Risk factors for gestational diabetes include pre-pregnancy obesity, excessive weight gain during pregnancy, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), older age, higher parity, and family history of diabetes. Emerging evidence suggests that the gut microbiota may also influence risk. The diversity of intestinal microorganisms decreases during pregnancy, but the most depleted microbial richness is found in women with gestational diabetes.   

 

A Finnish trial, published in 2010, reported that probiotic supplementation beginning in the first trimester reduced the prevalence of gestational diabetes from 36% to 13% among women at high risk. More recently, in a study published in 2017 in the British Journal of Nutrition, researchers evaluated whether probiotic supplementation would reduce the prevalence of gestational diabetes in women not selected on the basis of risk.  

 

The study was a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial including pregnant women in New Zealand with a personal or partner history of atopic disease. The trial was designed originally to evaluate the outcome of eczema in the child at 12 months, and the secondary outcome of gestational diabetes was decided in advance.  

 

Women were enrolled in the study at 14-16 weeks’ gestation and randomized to probiotic capsules or placebo. The probiotic contained Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 (6 x 109 CFUs) and was manufactured by Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd using aseptic fermentation, concentration, and freeze-drying. Participants took the capsules from the time of enrollment until 12-months postpartum. Evaluation for gestational diabetes was done at 24-30 weeks’ gestation.  

 

The results of the study differed, depending on whether the definition of gestational diabetes was determined by the International Association of Diabetes and Pregnancy Study Groups (IADPSG) or by the New Zealand (NZ) guidelines. The NZ guidelines are more specific, requiring a higher baseline glucose and higher 2-hour glucose test threshold than the IADPSG guidelines.  

 

When using the IADPSG definition, the prevalence of gestational diabetes was lower in the probiotic group than in the placebo group, reducing the risk from 13.8% to 8.2%, but the difference was not significant. When using the NZ definition, the prevalence of gestational diabetes was significantly lower in the probiotic group, reducing the risk from 6.5% to 2.1%. The risk reduction was more marked in older women. 

 

The authors of this study conclude that probiotic supplementation during pregnancy may be a simple and safe way to decrease the prevalence of gestational diabetes.  

 

Reference  

Wickens KL, Barthow CA, Murphy R, et al. Early pregnancy probiotic supplementation with Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 may reduce the prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus: a randomised controlled trial. Br J Nutr. 2017;117(6):804-813. 


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