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  • REALLY NEED TO VISIT OPTIMA. DON'T WORRY. STRINGENT SAFETY MEASURES IMPLEMENTED See video below

    I am sure you are really stressed by COVID and all the changes it has instituted in our daily life. The most important change is the pervasive fear of contracting the virus in case we step out of the house. This can be stressful enough for people with no other problems. but what if you have a painful condition. How to step out to buy medicines? What is I catch the virus when I go to visit the doct...

  • Increasing immunity - Myths & Facts - Topic of next FACEBOOK LIVE session

    In the era of pandemic we are all worried and concerned about our safety. One thing that seems to be on everybody's mind is how to increase our immunity. I am sure most of us have received a barrage of (mostly useless information) on WhatsApp. We dont know how much of it is true and how much is false.. To answer that question, Dr Vikram will address the same in the next facebook live session on A...

  • Change in recommendation: Everyone needs to start wearing masks now !!

    You might have seen our previous video published on 6th March 2020 in our channel in which we asked you NOT to wear masks. The video is below for your referenceThere were 3 reasons for this Research was categorical that unless masks were used properly, fitted properly and then removed properly and no touching when in use then it would not only be ineffective.Expert were concerned that wearing mas...

REALLY NEED TO VISIT OPTIMA. DON'T WORRY. STRINGENT SAFETY MEASURES IMPLEMENTED See video below

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 09 Jun 2020
I am sure you are really stressed by COVID and all the changes it has instituted in our daily life. The most important change is the pervasive fear of contracting the virus in case we step out of the house. This can be stressful enough for people with no other problems. but what if you have a painful condition. How to step out to buy medicines? What is I catch the virus when I go to visit the doct...
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Increasing immunity - Myths & Facts - Topic of next FACEBOOK LIVE session

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 16 Apr 2020
In the era of pandemic we are all worried and concerned about our safety. One thing that seems to be on everybody's mind is how to increase our immunity. I am sure most of us have received a barrage of (mostly useless information) on WhatsApp. We dont know how much of it is true and how much is false.. To answer that question, Dr Vikram will address the same in the next facebook live session on A...
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Change in recommendation: Everyone needs to start wearing masks now !!

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 06 Apr 2020
You might have seen our previous video published on 6th March 2020 in our channel in which we asked you NOT to wear masks. The video is below for your referenceThere were 3 reasons for this Research was categorical that unless masks were used properly, fitted properly and then removed properly and no touching when in use then it would not only be ineffective.Expert were concerned that wearing mas...
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Mental Health during the coronavirus / COVID-19 lockdown

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 30 Mar 2020
Hi ....we are sure you must be bored, frustrated or stressed due to the corona virus. If not then we are sure you know someone who is. This video offers scientific advice on how to maintain/preserve your mental health during this lockdown. Also see below for some links to resources for exercises, learning new things and meditationStay tuned and subscribe for more videos For more information Visit...
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Information on Corona virus in Kannada

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 29 Mar 2020
Please view and share the below video on Corona virus in Kannada
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OPTIMA Tele-health services - Home sample collection & home delivery of meds

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 27 Mar 2020
Please stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic...To help patients out during this time we are continuing to run the clinic (though we are NOT seeing any pt in person.)We have launched Tele-health services which includes 1) Home blood and urine sample collection, 2)Virtual/Online/Video call consultation with doctors and 3)Home delivery of medications.Please contact 9980094600 and speak to reception ...
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Consult and continue care from home (from blood tests to consultation to meds)

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 19 Mar 2020
In view of the latest directive by Karnataka Govt Ministry of Health regarding suspension of non essential services, we have shifted to Tele-health or Virtual opinion. Please contact OPTIMA clinic reception (9980094600, 080-23494600) for Home collection of samples, Virtual consultation by specialist over video call, Home delivery of medications. Please stay tuned on our Face book , Twitter a...
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SIX things that will help arthritis patients protect themselves from coronavirus

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 18 Mar 2020
These are six action points to help arthritis patients protect themselves from coronavirus.Please do see the previous video in our channel which tells more about point no 1 (precautions for the general public)The same is belowPlease remember to like and share the video and also subscribe to our youtube channel and/or facebook page for further updates
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Protect yourself from corona virus

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 14 Mar 2020
This video summarizes the information from the WHO as well as from US surgeon general. People can learn the precautions they need to take to stay safe from coronavirus. Reach out to us in the comments section below or call - 9980094600 or on our

How the General Public & Arthritis Patients can stay safe thru Corona infection

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 14 Mar 2020
This video summarizes the information from the WHO as well as from US surgeon general. People can learn the precautions they need to take to stay safe from coronavirus. Reach out to us in the comments section below or call - 9980094600 or on our website - www.oarc.in or on facebook - www.facebook.com/oarcs
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COMMONLY USED RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS MEDICATION DOES NOT CAUSE HAIR FALL

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 26 Jun 2019
Rheumatoid arthritis can be a disabling disease which causes a lot of pain. It can hamper a patient from doing their daily tasks as well. Patients feel useless and dependent on others. This can cause a loss of self esteem . There are many good medications available for the treatment of this condition. However patients are very concerned about the side effects of these medications (though most medi...
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Optima Patient Meet

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 04 Dec 2018
Optima Arthritis & Rheumatology Clinics presents first of its kind Patients meet. This meet is being held for patients to undersatnd their disease better and make suitable lifestyle changes.
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Are nutrition supplements for arthritis safe??

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 29 Nov 2018
ARE NUTRITION SUPPLEMENTS FOR ARTHRITIS SAFE?? (Article by Ms Nishat consultant dietitian in OARC) These days most store shelves are adorned with various supplements in the form of pills, powders or drinks which make enticing claims regarding their efficacy. But do they really work? Do patients really need them? Which ones are the best? Below are the bare facts about SEVEN common supplements wh...
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Time again to vaccinate yourself against swine flu - Oct 6 (SAT)-10th 10am-6pm

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 26 Sep 2018
As World Arthritis Day (12 th OCT 2018) approaches OPTIMA clinic is launching various patient-friendly initiatives to help our patients.The second such initiative is to help all our patients get vaccinated against swine fluA flu vaccination drive is being launched in OPTIMA clinic from Oct 6th-10th All rheumatology patients can receive the vaccines at DISCOUNTED prices between 10 am and 6 pm in th...
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Discount on medications

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 21 Sep 2018
As World Arthritis Day (12 th OCT 2018) approaches OPTIMA clinic is launching various patient friendly initiatives to help our patients. The first of these initiatives are related to the pharmacy OPTIMA pharmacy is proud to announce that it will henceforth provide 1) 10% discount on all medicines 2) Discount of around 50% (and sometimes more) on expensive medications like MMF, TACROLIMUS ...
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15 Reasons for meeting a rheumatologist

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 02 Jul 2018
Dr Sharath Kumar who is the Chief Rheumatologist of Optima Arthritis and Rheumatology Clinic located in Bangalore, explains clearly why a patient should see an Rheumatologist.
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Dr Sharath Kumar Rheumatologist from Optima Arthritis & Rheumatology Clinic

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 21 Apr 2018
Dr Sharath Kumar Chief Rheumatologist from Optima Arthritis & Rheumatology Clinic Bangalore talks about what is rheumatology ?And who is a rheumatologist ?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQADYaYCua8&t=8s
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Swine flu is back !!

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 13 Sep 2017
Swine flu is back !!! This time the major states affected seem to be Madhya pradesh, Rajasthan, and UP. though recently Delhi and Telanga also got affected. Please see the latest news stories. http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/swine-flu-cases-on-the-rise-in-rajasthan-new-strain-of-virus-detected-1747777http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/lucknow-crosses-2000th-swine-flu-positive-case-tall...
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Smoking leads to arthritis as well!!!!

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 20 Dec 2015
This is my third post on the subject. My apologies to old patients (esp those who do not smoke or have left smoking). However we need to inform and remind new patients that smoking is very dangerous for your arthritis.Many arthritis (esp the diseases dealt with by rheumatologists) can potentially land you in a wheelchair. So it is good to give smoking before you come to that state. We have many ex...
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Top 5 myths about gout

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 20 Dec 2015
Myth no 1:- Eating vegetables such as tomatoes, lettuce as well as consumption of dal can cause you to develop gout.Actually though purines in these vegetables and dals can be converted into uric acid, research has shown that this generally does not happen inside the human body. In fact the american college of rheumatology, and arthritis foundation (USA) handouts regarding diet in gout clearly sta...
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Rheumatism,arthritis&rheumatologist.What do they mean?(Part 3 Rheumatism)

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 08 Aug 2015
What is “rheumatism” The word “Rheum” is derived from Greek word “rheumatismos” It was coined by Galen, a philosopher- physician in ancient Greece 131-201 AD Rheuma means ‘stream’: .Just like in Ayurveda ancient physicians in Greece considered disease was originally supposed to be caused by the internal flow of ‘watery’ humours. Because joint pains started in one joint and then “flowed “ to ano...
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Top 5 myths about arthritis

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 08 Aug 2015
1. Arthritis affects only the elderly 2. Arthritis is not curable 3. Arthritis is due to cold weather 4. Consuming some foods in large amounts can cause arthritis 5. Patients with arthritis should rest Read more here http://goo.gl/eAAwGy
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Top 5 myths about "Arthritis"

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 08 Aug 2015
Arthritis affects only the elderly (FALSE )Arthritis can affect people of any age. One of the most common forms of arthritis called osteoarthritis affects predominantly people above the age of 40 years. However there are many other types of arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis predominantly affects young women. In fact there is a type of arthritis called juvenile idiopathic arthritis which affects only...
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More than just a skin disease! Psoriasis also causes heart attacks.

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 21 Jun 2015
Please remember that psoriasis is a disease which is not just skin deep. It affects many internal organs. Both patients and doctors need to remember not to concentrate only on the cosmetic or skin aspect. Read more here http://goo.gl/Dt9O4z
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More than just a skin disease! Psoriasis also causes heart attacks.

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 21 Jun 2015
Researchers in Denmark collected data from the entire population from 1997 to 2011. They analyzed this data and found that after adjusting for age, sex, as well as other problems that patients may have, patients with even mild psoriasis had an 18% increased risk of heart attack compared to the general population. The risk of heart attack increased to 29% higher than the general population if the ...
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Rheumatism,arthritis&rheumatologist.What do they mean?(Part 2:Rheumatologist)

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 21 Jun 2015
Rheumatology is a recent branch/specialization of medicine. It generally deals with diseases which cause arthritis or multi-systemic autoimmune diseases. You can read more on the health post. http://goo.gl/NPG9x8
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Rheumatism,arthritis&rheumatologist.What do they mean?(Part 2:Rheumatologist)

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 21 Jun 2015
Rheumatology is one of the latest super specialties to emerge from medicine.Others:- Neurology, Cardiology, etc?So after MBBS a person has to do MD and then super specialize into RheumatologyRheumatology deals with the musculoskeletal medicine as well as multisystem autoimmune diseases. So in a way it is actually a combination of two specialities.1) Musculoskeletal medicine deals with muscle , ...
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Rheumatism,arthritis and rheumatologist.What do they all mean?(Part 1:Arthritis)

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 13 Jun 2015
Arthron is latin for joint and “-itis” means inflammation/swelling.“Arthritis” only means joint swelling.It DOES NOT refer to a particular disease. Read more at :http://goo.gl/I2Hc2N
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Sunscreen for patients with lupus / SLE

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 13 Jun 2015
Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation is not just from the sun.It also comes from lightbulbs at home.Every lupus/SLE patient should use sunscreen daily regardless of whether they go outside or not.LED lights don't emit UV and is preferred to normal bulbs.
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Rheumatism,arthritis and rheumatologist.What do they all mean?(Part 1:Arthritis)

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 12 Jun 2015
This is part one in a 3 part series which attempts to demystify terminologies and explain to patients what arthritis and rheumatology is all about. Part 1:Arthritis You are hearing the word arthritis so many times in paper and on TV. You might have also heard different things about arthritis. Some people say you should do one thing for arthritis and others say other things But did you stop to won...
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Movement is the best medicine

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 23 Mar 2015
Recent research has proven that"sitting truly is the new smoking". Even when it comes to arthritis the more you sit the more likley that your arthritis is likely to worsen. I have explained more in my blog.
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Rolling stone gathers no moss . Apparently neither does it gather any arthitis

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 22 Mar 2015
A rolling stone gathers no moss . And apparently neither does it gather any arthritis. First it was “Movement is the best medicine” a campaign launched in 2010 by the CDC and the Arthritis foundation in the United states which lasted for 3 years. Then it was the “Move to Improve” slogan of the World arthritis day of 2011 (by the way World arthritis day falls on Oct 12). As if that was not enough t...
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Tip for husbands of women with chronic pain

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 16 Mar 2015
It is important to think of pain as your common enemy, not as a part of your wife or baggage that comes with her.
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Tips for husbands of women in pain

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 16 Mar 2015
These tips are taken from the article written by Mr Pete Beisner . He is married to a lady with chronic pain. His original article appears in the link given below.http://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/marriage-20-tips-for-men-on-supporting-a-partner-with-chronic-pain/#sthash.X4fIFkiV.dpuThe article has been modified nd presented below for brevity and in order to be relevant to rheumatology ...
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Daily walking is beneficial for patients with knee (osteo-) arthritis

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 15 Mar 2015
A study in the US showed that patient with knee Osteoarthritis are more likely to remain well and not deteriorate if they walk atleast 2000 and ideally 6000 steps per day. You can see a more detailed description of the study on my blog
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Is Your Knee Pain "ARTHRITIS" ?!!??

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 13 Feb 2015
With the ICC 2015 world cup around the corner for inspiration, I am sure many of us will be chanting #we won’t give it back and playing cricket whenever and wherever we get a chance. But how many of us would not have had some knee pain after a particularly vigorous bout of cricket. By the next day, however, the pain is usually gone and we are as good as new. Sometimes the pain persists and we end...
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Swine flu alert !!!

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 30 Jan 2015
Swine flu is making a comeback after 5 long years. If you remember 2009 then you will remember how scared people were by the word "SWINE FLU". You might also remember how people in airports were moving around wearing surgical masks. That scary disease is back now.http://bit.ly/swineflu2015 However, in reality, swine flu is not as scary as the media would have you believe. Most people with swine f...
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Daily walking is beneficial for patients with knee arthritis

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 07 Jan 2015
Seven Researchers from America did research on nearly 1800 people with a mean age of 67 years. They measured the amount people walked by measuring the average number of steps that they took in a day. Then they waited for 2 years . Two years later they found that those patients who walked > 6000 steps per day were protected from severe knee pain compared to patients who walked less. This and othe...
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OPD timings to remain the same

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 15 Nov 2014
Thanks so much for everyone who responded to the poll. The results (click link below to see pie chart ) show that most of you would prefer the OPD timings to remain the same. HENCE by popular demand the OPD timing has been kept the same. - Sharath
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PLAN TO CHANGE OPD TIMINGS

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 04 Nov 2014
Currently Dr Sharath visits Columbia Asia Hebbal Daily from 8 30 am to 11 30am and then Columbia Asia Yeshwantpur from 2 pm to 6 pm. (EXCEPT ON THURSDAYS WHEN HE VISITS WHITEFIELD). However there is currently a proposal for DR SHARATH TO BE AVAILABLE ONLY ON SOME DAYS IN HEBBAL AND SOME IN DAYS IN YESHWANPTUR . HOWEVER ON THOSE DAYS HE WILL BE AVAILABLE THE WHOLE DAY PLANNED CHANGE IS MONDAY,...
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What a pain in the neck!!!

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 29 Oct 2014
That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet.- William Shakesphere in Romeo and Juliet However, doctors, scientists and academicians in general don’t believe in it. They tend to name, rename, overname and generally complicate things when it comes to deciding what to call certain things. Take the example of neck pain. It is a pure and simple name. We are talking of the neck and...
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Times of India article on World arthritis day

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 29 Oct 2014
It is a myth that arthritis affects only the elderly. It is a major cause of concern among the children as well. Arthritis which occurs in children i.e. before their 16th birthday, is called juvenile arthritis. Estimates have varied, but experts feel that anywhere between 1 to 4 children out of 1000 have juvenile arthritis. Among developed countries, juvenile arthritis is a common cause of disab...
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REMINDER : Smoking leads to arthritis and worsens it.

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 30 Jun 2014
Resending the post that I wrote in June 2014 just as a reminder to all patients that if they smoke or know someone who smokes, then apart from the other myriad reasons arthritis is also one reason for quitting. Many people know smoking is bad for them but think that the only problem is lung cancer. They also feel that they will develop this only if they smoke a large number of cigarettes.They als...
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Back pain is a big pain!!!!! Facts & guidance for patients

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 29 Jun 2014
Some Statistics:- FIRST THE BAD NEWS 1)Back pain is one the most common diseases to affect all of mankind and affects 84 % of the population at some time in their lives . 2) 40% of adults have back pain annually 3) In 50% of patients back pain is recurrent 4) Direct costs (medical treatment) + Indirect costs (loss of workday, etc…) of back pain = > 12 billion pounds in the UK in 2000 5) ...
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Deccan Herald Article on Lupus disease

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 22 Jun 2014
Not merely a rashDr Sharath Kumar, June 21, 2014, DHNS:Lupus disease behaves like a pack of wolves, constantly biting at different organs of its prey - the hapless patient. But with early diagnosis and treatment, it needn’t be deadly, assures Dr Sharath KumarEver heard of lupus? The disease causes the body's immune system to become hyperactive and instead of protecting the body, start attacking no...
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Story of the wolf which attacked the heart of a 9 year old child

By OPTIMA Arthritis&Rheumatology Clinic | 17 Jun 2014
The below story is based on an actual patient. Her name has been changed Noor was a cute little 9 year old who loved attending school and was the apple of her teacher’s eye. She was of Kashmiri origin and though she stayed in Delhi, visited her relatives back in her home village frequently. She was was an all rounder being active in sports as well as good in studies. However one summer her mother ...
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