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deficiency diseases

The large range of conditions resulting from the lack of any of the essential nutritional elements, such as protein, vitamins or minerals, or from the body's inability to digest, absorb or utilize these. See SCURVY, RICKETS, BERI-BERI, PELLAGRA, KWASHIORKOR, KERATOMALACIA.
deficiency diseases characteristic signs and symptoms caused by lack of specific factors, e.g. vitamins, hormones
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Classified as rare orphan diseases, bile acid deficiency diseases prevent the liver from properly producing bile acids that help the intestines to absorb essential fats, vitamins and nutrients.
The lower levels of serum B12 are likely to coincide with clinical deficiency disease.
The best long term method of eliminating these micronutrient deficiency diseases would be to provide a well-balanced diet to everyone.
Part IV moves to a discussio n of vitamins, other nutrients, deficiency diseases, and food disorders.
Although the availability of many different foods limits the incidence of deficiency diseases, it also increases the risks of choosing poorly and overeating.
The first--the estimated average requirement (EAR)--is tailored to setting policy, because it provides a means of determining what proportion of a population is at risk for dietary deficiency diseases, both within the United States and abroad.
A significant proportion of AIDS cases, they note, are diagnosed based on these "non immune deficiency diseases.
The document identified the contributory factors as follows: "poverty, high levels of population growth, rapid urbanisation, inadequate social support, poor quality of information and travel systems, lack of opportunities in rural areas, and infectious and deficiency diseases.
Near the start of the 20th century, students of nutrition were investigating not deficiency diseases as such, but what were the components of a physiologically complete diet.
As a result, Salick said he and Columbia officials negotiated and signed a new contract in March 1995 that would allow Salick to buy the facility and operate it as a treatment center for cancer, kidney dialysis, organ transplants and immune deficiency diseases.
Deficiency diseases were the first to respond to the wide-ranging effects of vitamins.

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