Fighting Allergy Season with Medications
Consumers have more options than ever for relief of allergy symptoms and treatment of allergic diseases in the form of FDA-approved medications. Learn more about these medications, including three newly approved sublingual (under the tongue) prescription medications to treat hay fever caused by certain grass pollens and short ragweed pollen. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - May 7, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can an Aspirin a Day Help Prevent a Heart Attack?
Scientific evidence shows that aspirin can prevent heart attack or stroke in some people but not in everyone. And it can cause unwanted side effects. Where do you fit in? (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - May 5, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medications for High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is called the 'silent killer' because it has no symptoms until it causes major damage. A number of FDA-approved drugs, along with lifestyle changes, can help treat this condition (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - May 1, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Beware of False or Misleading Claims for Treating Autism
Can autism be cured? Are there therapies that can help? Learn about FDA's role in seeing to it that claims for treating autism are backed by reliable proof of safety and effectiveness. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - April 25, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Recognize Tobacco in its Many Forms
Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and death in the United States, but can you recognize a tobacco product? Learn more about the array of new tobacco products on the market, many of which look very different from the traditional products you may know about. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - April 24, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Adult Stem Cell Research Shows Promise
FDA scientists are working on an unprecedented project. They are studying adult mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), which are cells that can turn into a variety of cell types and tissues including those that form fat, cartilage and bone. MSC-based products have the potential to be used for cellular repair, restoration, replacement and regeneration if approved by FDA. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - April 23, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Gives Latinas Tools to Fight Diabetes
Nearly 1 million Latinas aren’t aware they are at risk of diabetes or prediabetes. To address the nation’s diabetes epidemic, FDA has created many resources to help Latinas and all Americans prevent and manage their diabetes. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - April 22, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What Kind of Fish Is That?
Using some of the technology used in mapping the human genome, FDA scientists are working to create DNA barcodes for fish. The high-tech effort is aimed to preventing fraud, including the substitution of a cheap fish for an expensive one, and preventing illness. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - April 21, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hemophilia Treatments Have Come a Long Way
Patients have many choices when it comes to hemophilia medications. FDA’s regulation of the biologic products used as treatments ensures they are safe and effective. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - April 16, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Broadens Its Vocabulary
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to ensure that all Americans, including those with limited English abilities, get important health information. That’s why FDA developed its Language Access Plan – to reach people with limited English proficiency in a language and manner they understand. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - April 15, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Keep Lilies Away From Your Cats
Many people have Easter lilies in their home this time of year, but this could be dangerous if they have a cat. FDA warns that cats can suffer acute kidney damage and even die after eating even a small part of a lily. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - April 14, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA's MedWatch Safety Alerts: March 2014
FDA warns consumers about undeclared drugs found in pain relief pills, mistakenly low results from a blood glucose meter and a weight loss product that was recalled because of tampering. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - April 11, 2014 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 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working to bring more treatments to the market. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - April 10, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Partners With Veterinary Labs to Help Animals
FDA has formed a web of veterinary labs to assist one another in detecting potentially harmful substances in animal foods and tissues. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - March 26, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Historians Share Lessons From Agency's Past
Description: FDA historians Suzanne Junod and John P. Swann explain the History Office's mission and describe the variety of services that it offers consumers, scholars and organizations outside the agency. Timed to the 46th anniversary of the office's start this March. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - March 19, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Five Tips for a Safer Spring Break
As college women travel domestically and abroad for spring break, FDA's Office of Women's Health (OWH) reveals timely health tips for this population. We also include brief information about the office's college campaign. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - March 19, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA's MedWatch Safety Alerts: February 2014
FDA warns consumers about an undeclared drug found in a weight loss pill, a glass particle found in a solution used most often to loosen mucous, a subpotent drug to treat a genetic disorder in children and more. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - March 14, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Speeds Innovation in Rare Disease Therapies
The Food and Drug Administration Office of Orphan Products Development is launching web-based educational resources for patients and industry on rare disease topics. The page debuts on International Rare Disease Day Feb. 28; topics include how to interact with FDA. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - February 28, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nutrition Facts Label: Proposed Changes Aim to Better Inform Food Choices
FDA proposes bringing the Nutrition Facts Label--which has become one of the most recognized graphics in the world--up to date with changes to its design and content. Proposed updates include the addition of added sugars and changes to some serving size requirements. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - February 27, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Proposed Nutrition Facts Label Changes Are Based on Science and Research
The changes proposed to the Nutrition Facts Label are based on advances in nutrition science, the latest consensus reports from public health agencies, and the most recent public health and nutrition surveys. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - February 27, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Food Serving Sizes Getting a Reality Check
As part of its proposed update of the Nutrition Facts Label, FDA is proposing changes to some food serving size and package labeling requirements to be more in line with what Americans are actually eating. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - February 27, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Devices in Public Places Restart Hearts
Knowing how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) can mean the difference between life and death. Learn how these devices, found in many public places, work. Find out how knowing how to use one may help save someone’s life. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - February 19, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA's MedWatch Safety Alerts: January 2014
FDA warns consumers about dietary supplements that contain undeclared ingredients, glucose meters set with incorrect measure level and a dietary supplement that contains undeclared milk and more. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - February 6, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

It's Still Not Too Late to Get Your Flu Vaccine
Meant to get vaccinated last fall to prevent the flu, but somehow didn't get around to it? Think it's too late to get one now? Not so. Find out why it's still not too late. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Updates - February 4, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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