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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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17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- TEN: The Enthusiast Network announced today that it has officially launched its groundbreaking Motor Trend OnDemand subscription video on demand (SVOD) service, becoming the first SVOD service for automotive enthusiasts.
Each of the new rides appeals to a different type of enthusiast, according to Flaharty, who expects them all to draw big crowds.
A modification enthusiast is someone who has performed three or more modifications to his/her vehicle over the last 12 months.
New research from Huddler reveals that visitors to enthusiast communities wield significant buying power and are primed to make purchases based on research carried out on these communities
Led by mule enthusiast Norm Noftsier, the trek was one of several events held throughout the year by Noftsier and his club, Corral 14, a division of Equestrian Trails Inc.
com), the leading provider of image recognition-based mobile marketing solutions, today announced that Wine Enthusiast has selected SnapTell's Snap.
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3 /PRNewswire/ -- As a result of enthusiast growth and participation online, TEN Magazines has released an exciting new publication called, TEN Magazines' Trucks.
com is Krebs' column that has appeared on Inside Line, Edmunds' high-speed online car magazine and the most-read automotive enthusiast Web site, since its launch two years ago.
SAN DIEGO -- F-150 World, a leading Ford truck community website, has been acquired by Enthusiast World, Inc.
When you turn that corner it's always been spectacular to see Viper,'' coaster enthusiast Ric Turner said about the main entrance to the park.