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

Grapefruit Juice and Some Drugs Don't Mix
Grapefruit juice can affect how well some medicines work, and it may cause dangerous side effects. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - July 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How to Safely Use Nail Care Products
Love manicures and pedicures? The cosmetic products you use, along with lamps that dry (or'cure') gel nail polishes and artificial nails, are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Here's what to know about these products to avoid injury or bad reactions and stay safe. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - July 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Barbecue Basics: Tips to Prevent Foodborne Illness
Barbecuing with friends and family is a warm-weather treat. Help keep bacteria at bay with these food safety tips. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - June 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tips to Stay Safe in the Sun: From Sunscreen to Sunglasses
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is continuing to evaluate sunscreen products to help protect consumers from sunburn. Because certain sunscreens can help prevent skin cancer caused by the sun when used as directed with other sun protection measures, it's important to know how to use them properly. Also learn about other ways to protect yourself from sun damage. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - June 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tattoo Removal: Options and Results
How hard is it to remove a tattoo? What processes are used? Is it painful? (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - June 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Caution: Bodybuilding Products Can Be Risky
Are all bodybuilding products safe to use? The FDA says no and explains why. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - June 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Breast Cancer in Men: Treatments and Genetic Counseling
Breast cancer in men tends to be diagnosed at an older age and a later stage, but is treated very similarly to breast cancer in women. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - June 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Braces Have Changed, From Metal to Tooth-Colored to Clear
FDA answers your questions about braces and how they've changed. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - June 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Outsmarting Poison Ivy and Other Poisonous Plants
Poison ivy and other poisonous plants are a hazard year-round. Here are tips for preventing and treating the itchy rash and blisters. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - June 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Seasonal Allergies: Which Medication is Right for You?
The FDA regulates many products that treat allergies or offer allergy relief. But which will work for you depends on your particular symptoms. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - June 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Allergy Relief for Your Child
Do you have a sneezing, stuffy-nosed child? He or she may have allergies. Learn more about proven treatments for children. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - June 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

5 Tips for a Healthy Vacation
As you plan your next beach vacation, make sure your trip is a healthy one. Consider these five tips on sun safety, medications, contact lenses, tattoos, and eating well. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - May 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How to Safely Use Glucose Meters and Test Strips for Diabetes
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates glucose meters and test strips. Check out this safety information from the FDA including advice on why you shouldn't buy or sell previously owned test strips. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - May 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medication Safety: Advice for New Moms
Mother's Day is an exciting time for new moms. 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 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What to Know When Buying or Using a Breast Pump
Breast pumps are medical devices regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. They can be used to extract milk, maintain or increase a woman's milk supply, and relieve engorged breasts (among other indications). But, to protect mothers and their babies, there are important safety considerations to know before using one. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - May 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Think Before You Ink: Are Tattoos Safe?
Are tattoos safe? Not always. More people are getting tattoos, and some have developed infections from contaminated inks, or had bad reactions to the inks themselves. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - May 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

HIV and Hepatitis: Know Your Status and Learn About the FDA's Role
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working to reduce health disparities among people of different ethnic and racial groups. The agency's Office of Minority Health is now focusing efforts on educating people about HIV and hepatitis. Here's what to know about testing, treatment, and the FDA ’s role. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - April 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Products Claiming to " Cure " Cancer Are a Cruel Deception
Many ads on social media and " healthy " websites claim their products can cure cancer. They cannot. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - April 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Codeine and Tramadol Can Cause Breathing Problems for Children
The FDA is strengthening drug labels for codeine and tramadol to protect children and nursing babies. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - April 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The FDA Supports Research to Reduce Health Disparities
Scientific researchers now are working on how to reduce health disparities (differences in health outcomes) among racial and ethnic minorities. And they're doing it with the help of funding from--and by working with--the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Learn more. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - April 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Problems with E-Cigarettes, Vape Products, Hookah, Cigarettes or Other Tobacco Products? Tell the FDA
The FDA has updated the online tool you can use to report problems with tobacco products. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - April 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Autism: Beware of Potentially Dangerous Therapies and Products
There is no cure for autism. And many products claiming to'cure'autism carry significant risks. Learn more about autism and how FDA cracks down on false claims. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - April 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatments Aren't One-Size-Fits-All
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is an often misunderstood and underdiagnosed condition that affects about 15.3 million people in the United States. No one remedy works for all patients, so the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working to bring more treatments to the market. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - April 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Would Your Child Benefit from a Clinical Trial?
Thinking of enrolling your child in a clinical trial? What can you expect to happen? (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - March 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Colorectal Cancer: What You Should Know
Colorectal cancer is preventable and, if caught early enough, treatable. Learn who should get screened and when. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - March 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA's Food and Cosmetic Information Center Answers Your Questions
FDA's Food and Cosmetic Information Center answers telephone and written questions about nutrition and the safety of food, dietary supplements, and cosmetics. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - March 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA's Food and Cosmetic Information Center Answers Your Questions
FDA's Food and Cosmetic Information Center answers telephone and written questions about nutrition and the safety of food, dietary supplements, and cosmetics. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - March 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is My Dog or Cat a Healthy Weight? Important Questions to Ask the Vet
Just as obesity has become a serious problem in people, it's also a growing problem in pets, one that can seriously harm your pet's health. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - March 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Controlling Cholesterol with Statins
So, your doctor has prescribed a statin. FDA answers six common questions. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - February 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA-Approved Devices That Keep the Heart Beating
Cardiovascular devices (or'heart'devices) such as pacemakers and defibrillators have extended and improved the lives of millions of people worldwide. Learn how the FDA regulates these devices, when to seek medical attention for potential heart issues, and how to report problems. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - February 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news