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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.


n one who may receive or is receiving dental service; the term is also used in health care legislation and programs as a reference to someone who is never a practitioner or is not associated in any direct or indirect way with the supplying or provision of dental services.

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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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This is going to be a great year because basically all the big parks are putting in key attractions, which I think will be big hits with everyone,'' said Flaharty, spokesman for American Coaster Enthusiasts.
Meanwhile, the locations where enthusiasts are buying modification components are changing.
Wine Enthusiast customers tend to be technology savvy and SnapTell's image recognition-based mobile marketing solution enables Wine Enthusiast to create a long term, interactive brand relationship with our customers.
Pontiac Underground, designed in partnership with interactive agency Digitas, provides enthusiasts - a community of modifiers, car-magazine subscribers, do-it-yourselfers or people who are just passionate about cars - with an aggregated view of the online conversation happening about the Pontiac brand and gives them the ability to participate in the dialogue by uploading, commenting and voting on content.
Turner says he's seen other coaster enthusiasts like him, who head over to the park near his Santa Clarita home just to catch a glimpse of the construction activity.
com advises automotive consumers, Inside Line entertains car enthusiasts, our social networking site CarSpace provides a forum for user-generated content and now AutoObserver.
I'm still having a hard time getting my mind around what it is and what it does,'' said Kammy Sislofsky, 36, of Fontana, a 10-year member of the American Coaster Enthusiasts.
PHOTO (1 -- color) About 40 off-road enthusiasts gathered Sunday near Littlerock Dam to protest trail closures to save an endangered toad.
For 2007, the 350Z Roadster is offered in three models - Enthusiast, Touring and Grand Touring.
Inside Line launched in January 2005 and is the most-read automotive enthusiast Web site.
PRIMEDIA Enterprises is the business development arm for the approximately 90 enthusiast magazines in PRIMEDIA Inc's portfolio.
The emergence of a dual-socket consumer platform is critical for enthusiasts who demand systems that offer the sheer power and system headroom to let the enthusiast configure this system to his or her heart's content, and launch a fleet of entertainment and productivity applications at once," said Bob Brewer, corporate vice president, Desktop Division, AMD.