What To Know If Your Child Wants Contact Lenses
Kids can benefit from wearing contacts, but these lenses can cause serious eye injuries if not used and treated properly. There are issues parents should consider and, if the decision is to go with contacts, specific hygiene and safety advice to follow. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - February 26, 2016 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? FDA 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 - February 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Heartworm Prevention in Your Pet 
Heartworm is difficult to treat but can be prevented with drugs approved by FDA. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - January 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA's Smoking Prevention Campaigns: Reaching Teens Where They 'Live'
FDA uses innovative public education campaigns to educate youth about the dangers of smoking. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - January 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Shoring Up the Still-Emerging Science of Neonatology
A conversation with FDA's newest neonatologist, Gerri Baer (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - January 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Get Set for a Healthy Winter Season
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, fall and winter are when we're all most vulnerable to them. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - January 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Proposes New Safety Measures for Indoor Tanning Devices: The Facts
Exposure to UV radiation from indoor tanning is a preventable cause of skin cancer. The FDA is committed to protecting public health by informing consumers of the risks of indoor tanning. For this reason, the FDA is proposing â€Ãââ&sbquo...
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - December 18, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Keep Your Dogs and Cats Safe From Holiday Hazards
Holiday hazards for pets abound. Keep your dog safe this holiday season. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - December 17, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Help Keep a Sick Child Safe: Learn How to Use a Hospital Crib
As any parent whose young baby has spent some time in the hospital knows, all cribs are not created equal. What parents need to know about hospital cribs to keep their sick children safe. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - December 3, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Has Determined That the AquAdvantage Salmon is as Safe to Eat as Non-GE Salmon
FDA approves first genetically engineered animal for food use. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - November 19, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Lucky 13' Tips for a Safe Halloween
Enjoy a safe and happy Halloween by following these guidelines from FDA, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - October 20, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Have Atrial Fibrillation? Blood Thinners Can Prevent Strokes, Save Lives
Anticoagulants (blood thinners) reduce the chance of a stroke in people with atrial fibrillation by 50% to 60%. That’s why almost all patients with atrial fibrillation should take them, FDA says. FDA has approved four new blood thinners in recent years. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - October 16, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Some Imported Dietary Supplements and Nonprescription Drug Products May Harm You
If you buy imported products marketed as 'dietary supplements' and nonprescription drug products, beware. Health fraud scams abound, particularly at ethnic or international stores, flea markets, swap meets and online. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - October 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA's MedWatch Safety Alerts for Consumers: August 2015
FDA is warning consumers about left ventricular assist devices, faulty mammograms, DPP-4 inhibitors, and Picato gel. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - October 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'All Natural' Alternatives for Erectile Dysfunction: A Risky Proposition
FDA's testing of many suspect products that promise to enhance sexual performance or treat erectile dysfunction found that some contain undisclosed and potentially harmful drugs. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - October 1, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

"All Natural" Alternatives for Erectile Dysfunction: A Risky Proposition
FDA's testing of many suspect products that promise to enhance sexual performance or treat erectile dysfunction found that some contain undisclosed and potentially harmful drugs. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - October 1, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Benefits and Risks of Pain Relievers: Q & A on NSAIDs with Sharon Hertz, M.D.
Questions and answers about the benefits and risks of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - September 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

5 Ways New FDA Rules Will Make Your Foods Safer
How will you and your family be protected by the new actions FDA is taking to keep your food safe? (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - September 9, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Injectable Skin Lightening Products: What You Should Know
Injectable skin lightening products are unapproved, untested drugs that could potentially cause harm, FDA warns. FDA has not approved any injectable drugs for skin whitening or lightening. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - September 2, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA's MedWatch Safety Alerts for Consumers: July 2015
FDA is warning consumers about children's cough-and-cold medicine with codeine, the risks of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), unapproved prescription ear products and drugs from Moses Lake Professional Pharmacy. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - August 25, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Healthy Breakfasts for Kids: It's All about Balance
Healthy breakfasts are a must for kids. Here are seven easy tips for making that happen. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - August 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaccines: FDA Guide Tells You What You Need to Know
Describes different types of vaccines for children and answers parent questions. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - August 11, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dealing with ADHD: What You Need to Know
How to recognize and treat ADHD. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - August 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA's MedWatch Safety Alerts for Consumers: June 2015
FDA is warning consumers about the Daytrana patch, ventricular assist systems, and a vascular patch. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - July 28, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Strengthens Warning of Heart Attack and Stroke Risk for Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
FDA is strengthening the existing prescription and Drug Facts labels warning that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) – a group of drugs used for the temporary relief of pain and fever – can increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke, either of which can lead to death. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - July 9, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA: Use Only Approved Prescription Ear Drops
FDA is taking action against 16 prescription drugs labeled to relieve ear pain and swelling because they are unapproved and haven't been evaluated by FDA for safety, effectiveness and quality. Parents and other consumers still will have many other options for treating ear pain. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - July 1, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA’s MedWatch Safety Alerts for Consumers: April 2015
FDA is warning consumers about problems with mammograms at Coastal Diagnostic Center, Calif., and illegal Ebola Virus Test Kits. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - June 25, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kids and Tobacco Use: Some Surprising Findings
Results of the National Youth Tobacco Survey provide a snapshot of tobacco products used by today's youth and reveal some surprising new trends. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - June 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Cuts Trans Fat in Processed Foods
FDA is taking action which will significantly reduce harmful trans fat in the U.S. food supply. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - June 16, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Research Helps Keep Pets and Humans Safe
Occasionally pet foods and treats can be contaminated with harmful bacteria and can make pets, and sometimes owners, sick. FDA is studying this issue to help keep you and your four-legged friends safe (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - June 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What FDA Learned About Dark Chocolate and Milk Allergies
FDA is releasing more information about its study finding that some dark chocolate products contain varying amounts of milk. And you can't always tell that's the case simply by reading the food label. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - May 21, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA's MedWatch Safety Alerts for Consumers: March - April 2015
FDA reviews a study about a psychiatric drug, and warns consumers about mislabeled over-the-counter medicine, certain human and veterinary drugs, certain homeopathic products, and mammograms performed at a medical practice in North Carolina. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - May 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA’s MedWatch Safety Alerts for Consumers: December 2014 – February 2015
FDA warns consumers about unapproved drugs in a weight loss pill, risk of side effects from a psychiatric drug, and an undeclared drug in a herbal supplement. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - April 22, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Colorectal Cancer: What You Should Know
Colorectal cancer is preventable and, if caught early enough, treatable. FDA explains who should get screened and when. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - April 20, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Teams with Healthline.com to Better Serve Consumers
The Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Communications has concluded a Memorandum of Understanding with Healthline.com, which has agreed, a.o., to post FDA Consumer Updates and other content on its website, produce a newsletter and alerts that feature FDA content, and provide direct links back to FDA web content such as the agency’s RSS feed for product recalls. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - April 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Don't be Misled by "Latex Free" Claims
FDA recommends manufacturers stop using "latex-free" label because all products contain some natural rubber latex proteins. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - March 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Are Some Cosmetics Promising Too Much?
FDA continues to warn companies when they make drug claims about cosmetic products that have not been approved by the agency. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - March 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Biosimilars: More Treatment Options Are on the Way
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is approving Zarxio (filgrastim-sndz), the first biosimilar product (or biosimilar), and expects to approve others in the months ahead. What are biosimilars? How will they affect patient treatment? (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - March 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Milk-Allergic? There May Be Milk in That Dark Chocolate
If you or someone in your household is allergic to milk, take heed: a recent study by FDA found that many of the dark chocolate products contain milk. And you can’t always tell that’s the case simply by reading the food label. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - February 11, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pancreatic Cancer: Targeted Treatments Hold Promise
Scientists are working to develop breakthrough therapies for pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest cancers that affects both men and women. FDA has approved three treatments for advanced pancreatic cancer to help patients live longer. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - January 27, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Need Relief From Overactive Bladder Symptoms?
Have an overactive bladder? FDA-approved treatments can help adults of any age control their symptoms and live an active life. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - January 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Beware of Products Promising Miracle Weight Loss
Many so-called miracle weight loss supplements and foods (including teas and coffees) don't live up to their claims. Worse, they can cause serious harm. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - January 5, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Get Set for a Healthy Winter Season 
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, fall and winter are when we're all most vulnerable to them. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - December 23, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Got a Question About Your Pet's Health?
Got questions about the foods, drugs and other issues involving your pet? FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) may be able to answer them. Read these seven frequently asked questions, and CVM's answers. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - December 17, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Avoid Fetal "Keepsake" Images, Heartbeat Monitors
FDA officials are concerned over the marketing of fetal keepsake videos and over-the-counter Doppler ultrasound heartbeat monitors. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - December 16, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA's MedWatch Safety Alerts for Consumers: November 2014
FDA warns consumers about an undeclared ingredient in a coffee drink, a risk of infection from a children’s supplement, and a sexual enhancement product that contains the active ingredient found in Viagra. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - December 12, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA's MedWatch Safety Alerts: November 2014
FDA warns consumers about an undeclared ingredient in a coffee drink, a risk of infection from a children’s supplement, and a sexual enhancement product that contains the active ingredient found in Viagra. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - December 12, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Registries Help Inform Medication Use in Pregnancy
Pregnant women who are prescribed a drug may worry of the potential impact on their developing fetuses. FDA’s pregnancy registries can help ease that worry. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - December 3, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Want to Be More Health Savvy?
FDA is working hard to make sure you have the information you need to make informed decisions about your health. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - December 2, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

More Choices Available for Diabetes Management
Continuous glucose monitoring technology alerts patients to low and high blood sugar levels, including how quickly they are changing. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - December 1, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news