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

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

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

Do Not Use Infant Sleep Positioners Due to the Risk of Suffocation
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reminding parents and caregivers not to put babies in sleep positioners. These products, sometimes also called " nests " or " anti-roll " products, can cause suffocation (a struggle to breathe) that can lead to death. Learn how to put a baby safely to sleep and which other products to avoid. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - October 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The FDA Encourages New Treatments for Sickle Cell Disease
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is collaborating with patients, academics, and the pharmaceutical industry to encourage the development of new treatments for sickle cell disease (SCD). (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Traumatic Brain Injury: FDA Research and Actions
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 - September 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hurricane Season: Be Prepared
It's important to safeguard your food, water, and medicine before, during and after any severe weather event. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - September 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prostate Cancer: Symptoms, Tests, and Treatment
September is Prostate Health Awaremeness month. Prostate cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths among American men. Learn more. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - September 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Treating and Preventing Head Lice
Head lice. Learn how to check for them, how to treat them, and how to avoid having them in your home. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - August 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ticks and Lyme Disease: Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention
Lyme disease is on the rise. How can you prevent it? What are the symptoms, and what should you do if you think you or your pet have it? (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - August 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Healthy Breakfasts for Kids: It's All about Balance
This article and short video provide tips on making it happen. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - August 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

May 23 Webinar on Hearing Aids: The Basic Information You Need to Know
In this webinar, FDA audiologist Sue-Chen Peng, Ph.D., offers consumers basic information on hearing loss and hearing aids. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - August 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

5 Tips for Traveling to the U.S. With Medications
Can you bring foreign drugs into the U.S.? Or refill a foreign prescription at a U.S. pharmacy? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration can help you understand the rules for flying with medications or shipping them from overseas. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - August 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

4 Medication Safety Tips for Older Adults
The older you get, the more likely you are to use additional medicines, which can increase the chance of harmful drug interactions. So consider these safety tips (and share them with your loved ones) when taking prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, herbal preparations, and supplements. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - August 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Should You Put Sunscreen on Infants? Not Usually
For infants under age 6 months, it's best to cover them up and keep them well shaded. An FDA pediatrician tells how to protect babies from dangerous ultraviolet rays. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - August 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Good Dog, Bad Food: Foods for People That Are Bad for Your Dog
Some foods that are meant for people can be dangerous, and even deadly, to your dog. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - August 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news