Watch Out for False Promises About So-Called Alzheimer ’ s Cures
Unfortunately, when faced with a serious health issue, even the most rational person can be led to believe implausible claims. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - February 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Watch Out for False Promises About So-Called Alzheimer ’s Cures
Unfortunately, when faced with a serious health issue, even the most rational person can be led to believe implausible claims. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - February 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Safely Soothing Teething Pain and Sensory Needs in Babies and Older Children
Soothing children ’ s gums with prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medications, homeopathic remedies or teething jewelry can be dangerous. Consider safer alternatives. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

To Eat or Not to Eat: Decorative Products on Foods Can Be Unsafe
FDA knows that some non-edible decorative glitters and dusts are promoted for use on foods. But consumers need to be aware that these materials, in fact, may contain materials that should not be eaten. Here ’s how to tell if such materials are edible or not. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - December 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Spilling the Beans: How Much Caffeine is Too Much?
In what foods is caffeine found? Can caffeine pose a danger to your health? This Consumer Update answers these and other key questions about caffeine. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - December 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

When to Give Kids Medicine for Coughs and Colds
Sometimes a cold is just a cold. What can worried parents do when their babies and young children have a cold or cough? The FDA has some advice and tips. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - November 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Manage Your Asthma: Know Your Triggers and Treatment Options
You can manage your asthma by taking medications approved by the FDA. Before going to the pharmacy, get a proper diagnosis from a doctor and together develop an asthma action plan. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - November 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Now's a Good Time to Get Your Flu Vaccine
Early in the fall is the best time to get your annual flu vaccine. Find out why it's important to get one. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - October 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Xylitol and Your Dog: Danger, Paws Off
This sugar substitute, found in some human foods and dental products, can be poisonous to your dog. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - October 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nutrition Facts Label Reboot: A Tale of Two Labels
The Nutrition Facts Label (NFL) on packages consumers look at when they ’re buying groceries or preparing a meal has undergone a makeover. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has changed it to reflect updated scientific findings and help consumers make better-informed choices about the foods their families eat. Until the deadlines, consumers may see two diffe rent versions on the products they buy: the original label they’ve been using, as well as the new label. The Consumer Update will emphasize that both provide helpful information for consumers, delineate the differences between the two, and explain ...
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - October 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

" My Medicines " ... This Brochure Can be a Lifesaver
" My Medicines " a brochure offered by FDA's Office of Women's Health, can play a vital role in the medical treatment you receive during an emergency. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - September 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

7 Tips for Cleaning Fruits, Vegetables
Fresh produce can become contaminated in many ways, but following these simple steps can help protect you and your family from foodborne illness. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - July 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Facts on Tampons — and How to Use Them Safely
Tampons are medical devices regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. And if you or a loved one uses them, it's important to use them safely. Learn the basics and consider this advice. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - June 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Facts on Tampons —and How to Use Them Safely
Tampons are medical devices regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. And if you or a loved one uses them, it ’s important to use them safely. Learn the basics and consider this advice. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - June 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prevent Heartworms in Dogs, Cats, and Ferrets Year-Round
Heartworm disease is fatal to pets, but it is also preventable. Learn more about the dangers of heartworm disease and the importance of year-round prevention. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - June 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical Devices that Treat Obesity: What to Know
Obesity has been linked to many health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Treatments for obesity range from healthy eating and exercise to prescription medicine and surgery. In recent years, FDA-regulated medical devices have also played a treatment role. Learn about approved products. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - June 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Do Teething Babies Need Medicine on Their Gums? No
Teething is a normal part of childhood that doesn ’ t need a'cure'with prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medications. FDA warns parents that benzocaine products are not safe for treating teething in children. There are safer, non-toxic alternatives. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - May 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

' Gluten-Free' Means What It Says
The only way to manage celiac disease is to avoid eating foods containing gluten. Learn how FDA's definition of'gluten free'on food labels makes that possible. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - May 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medication Safety: Advice for New Parents
Mother's Day and Father's Day are exciting for new parents. But moms and dads of babies 12 months and younger can also have some worries. Medical officers at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration offer health suggestions. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - May 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How Many Calories? Keep an Eye on the Menu
FDA's final rule on menu labeling gives consumers the information on calories they need to make informed food choices. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - May 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Do You Vape? See These Tips on How to Keep E-Liquids Away from Children
Accidentally touching or drinking e-liquids can be dangerous and even deadly for young children. So it ’s important to handle and store these products carefully, to teach children to stay away from these products, and to be prepared for emergencies. Consider these tips. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - May 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Injectable Skin Lightening and Skin Bleaching Products May Be Unsafe
Injectable skin lightening products are unapproved, untested drugs that could potentially cause harm, the FDA warns. The FDA has not approved any injectable drugs for skin whitening or lightening. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - April 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

5 Things to Know About Breast Implants
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates breast implants as medical devices. Learn about the risks of these products, and consider this advice. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - March 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is It a Cold or the Flu? Prevention, Symptoms, Treatments
How to tell if you have a cold or the flu, and when to seek medical care. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - March 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Problems with E-Cigarettes, Vape Products, Hookah, Cigarettes or Other Tobacco Products? Tell FDA
Use the agency ’ s online tool to report problems with tobacco products. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - February 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Traumatic Brain Injury: FDA Actions and Research
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can happen to anyone. And these types of injuries, which include concussions, contribute to a substantial number of emergency room visits (and even deaths) each year. Learn more about TBI, and the FDA's related research and regulatory activities. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How to Buy Medicines Safely From an Online Pharmacy
How can you tell if an online pharmacy is operating legally? The FDA's BeSafeRx web page can help you identify and avoid rogue online pharmacies. The FDA has tips for buying medicines online safely. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - January 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

It's Not Too Late to Get Your Flu Shot
Think it's too late to get a flu shot? Not so. Find out why. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - January 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dose Matters: FDA's Guidance on Children's X-rays
FDA is committed to protecting the health of children by helping lower their exposure to radiation from X-ray exams. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - January 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

4 Tips to Quit Smoking
Will 2018 be the year you decide you want to quit smoking? Nearly 70 percent of current adult smokers say they want to quit. Check out this story for tips, including info about FDA-approved products and resources that can help. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - January 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What Is Gene Therapy? How Does It Work?
Gene therapy is the process of replacing defective genes with healthy ones, adding new genes to help the body fight or treat disease, or deactivating problem genes. It holds the promise to transform medicine and create options for patients who are living with difficult, and even incurable, diseases. Learn how this innovative therapy works. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - December 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Want to Quit Smoking? FDA-Approved Products Can Help
If you want to quit smoking, you may want to use a smoking cessation product proven to help. Data has shown that using cessation medicine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration can double your chance of quitting success. Here ’s what to know about these over-the-counter and prescription products. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - December 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cold and Flu: Prevention, Symptoms, Treatments
In much of the Northern Hemisphere, this is prime time for colds, influenza (flu), and other respiratory illnesses. While contagious viruses are active year-round, most infections occur in the fall and winter. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - December 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Raw Dough's a Raw Deal and Could Make You Sick
Eating raw dough or batter could make you sick. Whether you're baking at home, making flour-based'play'clay, or eating at a restaurant that offers the kids raw dough to play with until the food comes, do not eat it. And make sure your kids don't, either. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - November 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Laser Toys: How to Keep Kids Safe
When operated unsafely, or without certain controls, the highly-concentrated light from laser pointers and laser toys can be dangerous, causing serious eye injuries and even blindness. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reminding consumers how to stay safe. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - November 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Food Safety Tips for Healthy Holidays
Following these safe food-handling practices will help prevent foodborne illness. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - November 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

No Bones (or Bone Treats) About It: Reasons Not to Give Your Dog Bones
Bone treats are real bones that have been processed, sometimes flavored, and packaged for dogs. Giving your dog a'bone treat'might lead to an unexpected trip to your veterinarian, a possible emergency surgery, or even death for your pet. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - November 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cochlear Implants: A Different Kind of'Hearing '
What are cochlear implants? Who uses them? How do they work? (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Warns About Stem Cell Therapies
Stem cells have been called everything from cure-alls to miracle treatments. But don't believe the hype. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is concerned that some patients may be vulnerable to stem cell treatments that are illegal and potentially harmful. Here's what to know before you consider stem cell treatment. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The FDA Warns Against Injectable Silicone for Body Contouring and Enhancement
Injectable dermal fillers are medical devices regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. But no injectable filler is FDA-approved for large-scale body contouring or body enhancement. Learn why injectable silicone and other unapproved products (also called'but'fillers, breast fillers, or products to fill spaces between muscles) are dangerous and should be avoided. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - November 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Filling in Wrinkles Safely
In the quest for youthful looks, both men and women are seeking treatments to minimize laugh lines and other wrinkles. Learn about a popular treatment that involves injecting dermal fillers into the face, its benefits and risks. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - November 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Making Decisions for Your Health: Getting the Info You Need
The FDA is working hard to make sure you have the information you need to make informed decisions about your health. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - October 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Black Licorice: Trick or Treat?
Black licorice is an old fashioned treat that can be harmful if you eat too much. If you're 40 or older, eating 2 ounces of black licorice a day for two weeks could cause an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia). (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - October 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Breast Cancer Screening: Thermogram No Substitute for Mammogram
Thermography should not be used in place of mammography, which is still the most effective tool for detecting breast cancer. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - October 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nipple Aspirate Test Is No Substitute for Mammogram
Some companies are marketing the nipple aspirate test as the latest and greatest tool in early breast cancer screening. But FDA warns that the nipple aspirate test is no substitute for a mammogram. Find out why. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - October 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mammography: What You Need to Know
Mammograms are still the best tool for breast cancer screening. As we observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, learn how FDA certifies facilities that perform mammography, and clears and approves mammography devices, to help keep you safe. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - October 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Where and How to Dispose of Unused Medicines
Is your medicine cabinet full of expired drugs or medications you no longer use? Here's how to dispose of your expired, unwanted, or unused medicines. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - October 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Biosimilars: More Treatment Choices and Innovation
The medical marketplace keeps growing as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to approve more biosimilar products. Biosimilars can provide more treatment options to patients, potentially lowering costs and increasing access to lifesaving medications. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - October 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Halloween Safety: Costumes, Candy, and Colored Contact Lenses
Enjoy a happy and safe Halloween by following these guidelines from FDA, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - October 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Buying Pet Medicines Online: Ensuring Products are Safe
If you're purchasing medications for your pet online to save money or for convenience, there are Internet sites that represent legitimate pharmacies. But the FDA has found that there are others that sell unapproved pet drugs and counterfeit pet products, make fraudulent claims, dispense prescription drugs without requiring a prescription, and sell expired drugs. Any of these practices could mean that the products you are buying could be unsafe or ineffective for your pet. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - October 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news