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A generic term for a patient and potential patient, carer, organisation representing consumers’ interests, or member of the public, who is the target of health promotion programmes, and any group asking for research because they believe they have been exposed to potentially harmful circumstances, products or services.


any organism which consumes other organisms to gain food resources. Macro consumers (phagotrophs) are chiefly animals which ingest other organisms or particulate organic matter (detritus). Microconsumers are chiefly bacteria and fungi which break down dead organic material, absorb some of the decomposition products, and release inorganic nutrients (which are then re-available to the PRODUCERS) and organic materials which may provide energy sources to other organisms. See TROPHIC LEVEL.

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Q. Which food should be consumed and which should be avoided. Found some months before that my mother has very painful gout. Which food should be consumed and which should be avoided and why?

A. Changing the nutrition profile will be of help and a good medical treatment for gout is also available. High protein food should be avoided. But lamb, pork, bacon, chicken, all fish, peas, beans and lentils can be taken in small amount, as protein is an important requirement for nutritional fulfillment, its intake should be in very small amounts. Alcohol should be reduced greatly, especially wine and beer. A good fluid intake of plain water is advised. Foods that aggravate shall be avoided.

Q. If an alcoholic consumes zinc, will he be safe? Hi! While reading through the medical journal, I came to know that if an alcoholic consumes zinc, will he be safe?

A. Approximately 30%–50% of alcoholics have low zinc status because ethanol consumption decreases intestinal absorption of zinc and increases urinary zinc -


zinc is a necessary mineral you need for the immune system, brain function and other systems of the body.

Q. If an alcoholic consumes zinc, will he be safe? Hi! While reading through the medical journal, I came to know that if an alcoholic consumes zinc, will he be safe?

A. I am glad that you are regularly updating the medical journals. Consumption of zinc is a safe and effective means of affording protection from alcohol induced tissue injury. Zinc deficiency is an underlying feature of alcohol abuse.

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Recognizing that the employee is at the heart of a successful consumer-driven health-care implementation, brokers unanimously feel they can and should play a role in helping employees become better health-care consumers.
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Demand for consumer health information is not a recent trend.
Consumer organizations, whose membership and officers are comprised of a majority of individuals with disabilities, are an invaluable resource for State vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies.
Consumers no longer want to assume that their products were made under certain circumstances.
Foreign governments and global lenders have both tried to encourage developing world consumers to open their wallets and global consumers have happily obliged.
An amendment to the act effective as of June 1, 2001, addresses issues that arise when consumers mistakenly submit incorrect information and become unintentionally bound to a contract.
He suggests that farmers made purchases based on utilitarian needs rather than on the basis of emotion and desire, while urban consumers were seduced by the glittering displays and promotions of city shops.
If enacted, Moran's bill would require CPSC to issue a rule requiring manufacturers of juvenile products, small household appliances, and "certain other consumer products" to include an "owner card" with those products (or develop an effective electronic registration) and to develop a customer database for the purpose of notifying consumers about recalls.
The Federal Reserve has for many years sponsored surveys of consumers to gather information on their financial circumstances, including their use of different forms of credit.
Access and Security: Forcing commercial sites to allow customers access to the information collected about them and the opportunity to change, correct or delete that information would be complicated and costly to merchants and consumers alike.

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