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    Essential elements in a diet needed to maintain health and well being, including calcium, magnesium, and potassium.


1. Something that cannot be done without. 2. Required in the diet, because the body cannot make it. As in an essential amino acid or an essential fatty acid. 3. Idiopathic. As in essential hypertension.

Substances that comprise all matter. Each element is made up of atoms that are identical in number of electrons and protons and in nuclear charge, but may differ in mass or number of neutrons.

In nutrition, the diet is the sum of the food consumed by a body. Proper nutrition for a human requires vitamins, minerals, proteins, and fuel in the form of carbohydrates and fats. Imbalances between the consumed fuels and expended energy results in either starvation or excessive reserves of adipose tissue, or body fat

The state of the organism when it functions optimally without evidence of disease.

Chemical element needed for healthy teeth, bones and nerves


An inorganic compound needed by the body for good health, proper metabolic functioning, and disease prevention. Examples are calcium, magnesium, and iron.

Mineral Area Regional Medical Center
The Mineral Area Regional Medical Center is a hospital in Farmington, Missouri, United States.

Miners Hospital
The Miners Hospital is a hospital in Spangler, Pennsylvania, United States.

Miners Memorial Medical Center
The Miners Memorial Medical Center is a hospital in Coaldale, Pennsylvania, United States.


A small skull with small cranial capacity. Usually indicates mental retardation.

A birth defect in which arms or legs are abnormally short.

Precise, delicate surgery performed to unblock Fallopian tubes or to reverse a vasectomy or tubal ligation.

Midwives provide care to women during the process of labor and childbirth, from the prenatal period to after the birth of a baby. Trained to be more holistic and woman-focused in their approach, midwives work with the backup support of a medical doctor.

Tiny pimples on a newborn's face, usually around the nose or chin, and also sometimes on a baby's torso, arms, and legs. Caused by clogged pores, milia will disappear on their own, usually within a few weeks.


Mongolian spot
Large bluish birthmarks, usually on the lower back or buttocks, more common in darker skinned babies. Usually fade or disappear as a baby grows.

A viral illness characterized by severe fatigue, swollen glands, sore throat, and fever.

Morning sickness
A set of pregnancy-related symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, and food and smell aversions, that affect many women only in the morning; for many others, the discomfort lasts all day. About 70 percent of pregnant women suffer from morning sickness, which usually begins at four to eight weeks' gestation andsubsides by the 14th or 16th week.

Moro reflex
The automatic response to loud noises or sudden movements in which a newborn will extend his arms and legs, arch his back, and sometimes cry out. Newborns can have this reaction even during sleep, but lose it after a few months.

A type of Down syndrome in which only some of a baby's cells have the extragenetic material that characterizes the disorder.

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