FDA to Teens: Consider 'Real Cost' of Tobacco Use
FDA is launching its first public health education campaign 'The Real Cost' to prevent and reduce tobacco use among at-risk young people ages 12-17. Mitch Zeller, director of FDA's Center for Tobacco Products, explains why the agency is undertaking this effort, and how it will work. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - February 4, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Improving Your Odds for Cervical Health
Cervical cancer is largely preventable and, if detected early, curable. The keys to cervical health come down to two kinds of tests evaluated by FDA. Learn the role FDA plays and what you can do to maximize your cervical health. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - January 30, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA's MedWatch Safety Alerts: December 2013
FDA warns consumers about ADHD medications with a risk of long-lasting erections, dietary supplements that contain undeclared ingredients, a nipple aspirate test claiming to be a substitute for a breast biopsy or mammography and more. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - January 23, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Some Wart Removers are Flammable
FDA has learned that some over-the-counter wart removal products have caught fire during use. Learn how to use cryogenic (removal by freezing) wart removal products safely and other options for removing warts. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - January 16, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Unit Pursues Illegal Web Pharmacies
FDA's Cybercrimes Investigations Unit, a special team created in March 2013, is working with other domestic and international agencies to track down the operators and suppliers of web sites that illegally sell prescription medicines. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - January 14, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Problems with Tobacco Products? Tell FDA
FDA has developed a new online reporting tool to encourage consumers and health care providers to report damaged, defective, or contaminated tobacco products, and unexpected health and safety problems associated with tobacco products. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - January 10, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Use Certain Laxatives with Caution
The FDA is warning that some over-the-counter laxatives are potentially dangerous. Find out who may be affected and why these laxatives may cause side effects or even death. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - January 8, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can a Dietary Supplement Treat a Concussion? No
FDA is warning consumers to avoid products marketed as dietary supplements that claim to prevent, treat or cure concussions and other traumatic brain injuries. These claims are fraudulent because the products have not been shown to be safe or effective for such purposes. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - December 23, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA's MedWatch Safety Alerts: November 2013
FDA warns consumers about eyeliner testing positive for lead, skin discoloration from anti-seizure medication, antibiotics found in protein products and more. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - December 20, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Check Adult Portable Bed Rails Often for Safer Use
Portable bed rails can provide support to those who need them, but they can also pose some safety hazards. FDA offers tips for safer use. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - December 19, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Taking Closer Look at 'Antibacterial' Soap
Will antibacterial soaps, in addition to keeping you clean, reduce your risk of getting an infection? Data suggest that the risks associated with long-term, daily use, may outweigh the benefits. Learn why FDA is asking for more evidence. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - December 16, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nipple Aspirate Test is No Substitute for Mammogram
Some companies are marketing a new test—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 Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - December 12, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Phasing Out Certain Antibiotic Use in Farm Animals
FDA is implementing a plan to support phasing out the use of "medically important" antibiotics that make food-producing animals grow faster or more efficiently. These drugs are also used to treat human disease and might not work if the bacteria they target become resistant to the drugs’ effects. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - December 11, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA's MedWatch Safety Alerts: October 2013
FDA warns consumers about a hepatitis health advisory linked to supplement use, and undeclared ingredients found in a dietary supplement and more. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - November 27, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Protects Travelers' Health
The Interstate Travel Program is responsible for inspecting the food, water and waste-disposal systems in all commercial transport vehicles that travel from one state to another. However, its involvement begins long before the food and water are loaded aboard. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - November 25, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Giving FDA.gov Visitors a New Mobile Experience
FDA just launched a new version of its website that works well with the most popular mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets, while continuing to support traditional desktop and laptop computers. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - November 19, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

OxyElite Pro Supplements Recalled
Texas-based USPLabs has agreed to recall and destroy certain OxyElite Pro products, dietary supplements linked to cases of acute liver failure and acute non-viral hepatitis. The supplement had been advertised for losing weight and building muscle. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - November 18, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Targets Trans Fat in Processed Foods
FDA targets partially hydrogenated oils, the major source in processed foods of trans fat, which has been linked to heart disease. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - November 7, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Acts to Prevent More Drug Shortages
A new strategic plan and proposed new rule aim to prevent shortages of critical drugs and biologics. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - October 31, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA's MedWatch Safety Alerts: September 2013
FDA warns consumers about supplements that contain a potentially dangerous stimulant, a recall of infant pain reliever, and sexual enhancement products with undeclared ingredients that could cause health problems. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - October 29, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Helping to Advance Treatments Tailored to You
A new report outlines FDA's role in advancing personalized medicine, the tailoring of medical treatments to the characteristics, needs and preferences of an individual patient. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - October 29, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Moves to Keep Foods Safe for Animals
For the first time, FDA is proposing a new set of protections for the production of animal foods, including the food pet owners give their companion animals and feed that farmers give their livestock. The goal: To keep all animal foods from being contaminated. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - October 25, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Novel Program Restarts Clam Harvest
Fishermen trained by FDA scientists are performing sophisticated lab tests on clams while far out to sea -- a novel approach that has allowed the reopening of thousands of miles of ocean to clamming off the coast of New England. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - October 21, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Island Office Protects Consumers Near and Far
It’s Hispanic Heritage Month. In this story, FDA recounts the history of the agency’s San Juan District office, which ensures that FDA-regulated products made or sold in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands comply with FDA regulations. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - September 30, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Teams Prepare for Biological Threats
Researchers at FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) are facilitating the development of safe, effective treatments to neutralize biological threats, whether they occur naturally or are more sinister, such as acts of terrorism. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - September 25, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Keeping Up with Progress in Mobile Medical Apps
FDA has issued guidelines to give companies that create mobile medical--a clear and predictable roadmap to help them determine whether or not their apps for smartphones and tablets will be the focus of FDA's oversight. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - September 23, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA's MedWatch Safety Alerts: August 2013
FDA warns consumers about acetaminophen causing serious skin reactions, glucose test strips reporting a false result, undeclared ingredients found in a dietary supplement and more. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - September 23, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Explores Impact of Arsenic in Rice
FDA has taken a major step towards learning whether levels of arsenic in rice and rice products pose a risk to public health, collecting more than 1,300 samples of rice and rice products and testing them for arsenic. Next step: assessing the public health risk. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - September 6, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cutting-Edge, Essential Science on Display
FDA scientists who work to ensure food safety exhibit their work during two-day conference. Learn about a virtual farm, a project to keep fishmongers honest and more. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - August 29, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA's MedWatch Safety Alerts: July 2013
FDA warns consumers about illegal products claiming to treat diabetes, placebo tablets in birth control, blood pressure medicine expanding warnings to include intestinal problems and more. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - August 26, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Anesthesia: Is it Safe for Young Brains?
When infants or young children need surgery, does anesthesia affect their developing brains? SmartTots, an initiative started by FDA and the International Anesthesia Research Society, is working to answer this question. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - August 7, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Laser Toys: Not Always Child's Play
When operated unsafely, or without certain controls, the highly-concentrated light from lasers—even those in toys—can be dangerous, causing serious eye injuries and even blindness. FDA has issued draft guidance on the safety of toy laser products to protect children from harm. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - August 6, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Babies Spitting Up—Normal in Most Cases
If your baby is spitting up all the time, does it signal a more serious illness? Is medicine called for? Learn how to tell the difference between normal behavior and cause for concern, and what to do in each case. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - August 5, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What is Gluten-Free? FDA Has an Answer
FDA has issued a final rule that defines what characteristics a food has to have to bear a label that proclaims it "gluten- free," including a gluten limit of less than 20 parts per million in foods that carry this label. This rule has been eagerly awaited by advocates for people with celiac disease. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - August 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Warns of Rare Acetaminophen Risk
Notification of a rare risk of three skin diseases will be added to the labels of prescription products containing acetaminophen, a widely used pain and fever relief medication. FDA is also working with the manufacturers of non-prescription products containing acetaminophen to add the warning to packages. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - August 1, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Strengthening Oversight of Imported Foods
Two proposed rules would help ensure the safety of imported foods by preventing problems before they arrive in the U.S. The rules would make importers more accountable for food safety and establish standards for third-party audits of foreign food facilities. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - July 26, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Beware of Illegally Sold Diabetes Treatments
Consumers with diabetes risk serious health complications by choosing illegally sold diabetes products, which also may be dangerous in and of themselves. Learn about the unapproved products flooding the marketplace and what the FDA is doing to counter diabetes products that violate federal law. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - July 23, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA's Team Tomato Fights Contamination
Tomatoes are vulnerable to contamination by Salmonella, bacteria that are a common cause of foodborne illness. At FDA, there is a group of researchers nicknamed “Team Tomato� that tries to understand and prevent Salmonella contamination early in tomato production process, working with state extension services, growers, and industry. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - July 8, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Use Sunscreen Spray? Avoid Open Flame
In 2012, FDA received reports of five separate incidents in which people wearing sunscreen spray near an open flame actually caught fire. Learn how to use sunscreen spray safely and avoid potential harm. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - July 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Forges Partnerships in Latin America
Of all the products regulated by FDA, which include food, drugs, medical devices and others, about 30 percent come from Latin America. Learn how FDA's Latin America Office ensures these products are safe and effective for U.S. consumers. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - July 1, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA's MedWatch Safety Alerts: June 2013
FDA warns consumers about mislabeled aspirin that could cause liver damage, recalls of weight-loss supplements, oversized anticoagulant tablets, and more. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - June 30, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA’s MedWatch Safety Alerts: May 2013
FDA’s MedWatch Safety Alerts alert consumers to problems with quality or safety of medical products. The May listing includes products such as blood glucose meters, sleep medications and dietary supplements and compounded drugs. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - June 26, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Protect Yourself Against Tick-Borne Disease
The best known tick-borne diseases in the U.S. are Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain fever, but scientists at the Food and Drug Administration found an increasing number of cases of babesiosis, a serious disease caused by a parasite carried by the same ticks that carry Lyme disease. Learn about these diseases and how to avoid them. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - June 26, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Keeping Drug Advertising Honest and Balanced
Drug companies spend $25 billion a year in the U.S. promoting prescription medications, including a growing amount spent of direct-to-consumer advertising. Thomas Abrams, director of FDA’s Office of Prescription Drug Promotions (OPDP), discusses what his staff does to monitor for truth and balance. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - June 5, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Foodborne Illness: Especially Dangerous for the Vulnerable
If you're part of what is called an "at-risk" or "vulnerable" population, a foodborne illness can be extremely dangerous. Learn which people are considered at risk and why, as well as safety precautions they can take to help prevent foodborne illness. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - June 4, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WANTED: Consumers to Report Problems
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announces an initiative to get more consumers to report problems with drugs, devices and other products to MedWatch. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - June 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Allergy Meds Could Affect Your Driving
During allergy season, many turn to antihistamines for relief of allergy symptoms. But some antihistamines can make you drowsy, unfocused and slow to react. Learn what precautions you should take when using antihistamines. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - May 29, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Helps Women Get Heart Smart
FDA's Office of Women's Health offers many resources to educate women about the safe use of FDA-approved drugs and devices for the treatment and prevention of heart disease. This includes information about conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, which can increase a woman's risk. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - May 23, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA’s MedWatch Safety Alerts: April 2013
FDA’s MedWatch Safety Alerts alert consumers to problems with quality or safety of medical products. The April listing includes products such as anti-seizure medications, multivitamin supplements, mattress covers, blood glucose meters and compounded drugs. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - May 21, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA's Role in Regulating Safety of GE Foods
GMOs, genetically modified organisms, biotech foods, or genetically engineered foods - whatever name they're called - seem to be a captivating topic. Learn more about them and how they are regulated in this FDA Consumer Update. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - May 14, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news