FDA Consumer Health Information Updates
FDA Consumer Health Information Updates
Opioids can be used to treat certain kinds of chronic and acute pain. It doesn't matter who is writing the prescription; ask these questions before taking opioids.
Posted: January 19, 2017, 2:00 pm
How can you know for sure what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates? FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by regulating human drugs and biologics, animal drugs, medical devices, tobacco products, food and animal feed, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.
Posted: January 17, 2017, 1:00 pm
It's important that you know how to use medical cribs and bassinets correctly, both in and out of the hospital -- especially if your special needs child uses one of these cribs at home.
Posted: January 12, 2017, 1:00 pm
The FDA is encouraging more people--including members of diverse racial and ethnic groups, women, and older adults--to participate in clinical trials. Learn why.
Posted: January 10, 2017, 1:00 pm
When consumed by women before and during pregnancy, folic acid, a B vitamin, may help prevent neural tube defects (NTDs).
Posted: January 4, 2017, 1:15 pm
Learn how the FDA reviews and researches 3D printed medical products to protect the public health.
Posted: December 21, 2016, 1:00 pm
If you use a product regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and have an unexpected reaction or other problem, the FDA wants to hear from you. Learn how to report problems.
Posted: December 20, 2016, 1:00 pm
From tinsel to table scraps, holiday hazards for pets abound. Here are some tips to help you keep them safe.
Posted: December 8, 2016, 1:00 pm
Bipolar disorder is characterized by alternating periods of highs and lows--and it can feel like living life on a roller coaster. Proper diagnosis is important, and there are many medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that can help treat symptoms.
Posted: December 1, 2016, 1:00 pm
Secondhand and third-hand smoke may be making your pet dog, bird, cat, guinea pig, or fish sick.
Posted: November 30, 2016, 2:00 pm
To advance urgently needed research in Alzheimer's disease, FDA is engaging with researchers, drug companies, and the public as they design clinical studies for promising drugs.
Posted: November 17, 2016, 1:00 pm
Women should carefully consider the benefits and risks associated with permanent birth control devices, like the FDA-approved Essure device, along with other birth control options.
Posted: November 15, 2016, 2:28 pm
What are cochlear implants? Who uses them? How do they work?
Posted: November 10, 2016, 1:30 pm
Consumers with diabetes risk serious health complications by choosing illegally marketed diabetes products, which also may be dangerous in and of themselves. Learn about the unapproved products flooding the marketplace and what FDA is doing to counter diabetes products that violate federal law.
Posted: November 8, 2016, 4:30 pm
Recent actions by FDA can help you make healthier, better-informed decisions about the foods you and your family eat.
Posted: November 3, 2016, 12:00 pm
Impetigo is one of the most common childhood diseases and can be treated easily with medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Posted: November 1, 2016, 12:00 pm
Depression is a serious medical illness. Not all depression requires treatment with medication. But medications approved for the treatment of depression by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration can help improve symptoms in some people.
Posted: October 27, 2016, 12:00 pm
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.
Posted: October 25, 2016, 12:30 pm
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.
Posted: October 21, 2016, 1:00 pm
As Director of the Office of Pediatric Therapeutics at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 2003, Dianne Murphy has had a front-row seat to the world of pediatric therapeutics. FDA interviews Dr. Murphy about her tenure here.
Posted: October 19, 2016, 12:00 pm