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FDA Consumer Health Information Updates

FDA Consumer Health Information Updates

FDA Consumer Health Information Updates

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.
Posted: August 24, 2016, 12:00 pm
The FDA is informing consumers that they need to carefully read and follow directions for contact lens solutions that use hydrogen peroxide. Failure to read and follow directions and warnings for these products can result in stinging, burning, and/or damage to eyes. Read more to learn how to use these products safely.
Posted: August 22, 2016, 2:00 pm
Obesity has been linked to many health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Treatments for obesity range from healthy eating and exercise to prescription medicine and surgery. In recent years, FDA-regulated medical devices have also played a treatment role. Learn about approved products.
Posted: August 16, 2016, 12:30 pm
FDA's online guide describes the types of routinely administered vaccines available for children, and answers many of the questions posed by parents and caregivers.
Posted: August 11, 2016, 1:00 pm
Poison ivy and other poisonous plants are a hazard all year round. Here are tips for preventing and treating the itchy rash and blisters.
Posted: August 4, 2016, 12:00 pm
Reported cases of mumps and pertussis have risen in the United States in recent years even though many people are vaccinated. As part of the FDA’s commitment to protect the public health, FDA scientists are working to learn why more cases are occurring, and how vaccines—which are already safe and effective—can be made even better. Here’s what you should know.
Posted: August 2, 2016, 1:28 pm
Some foods that are meant for people to eat can be dangerous, and even deadly, to your dog.
Posted: July 27, 2016, 12:00 pm
Federal health officials are warning consumers not to use skin creams, beauty and antiseptic soaps, or lotions that might contain mercury after products with the toxic metal turned up in at least seven states.
Posted: July 26, 2016, 12:35 pm
FDA is encouraging industry to gradually reduce the amount of sodium in foods. Consumers have the opportunity to comment.
Posted: July 19, 2016, 12:35 pm
Juvenile arthritis is one of the most common chronic illnesses affecting children. Learn about new therapies that moderate the effects of the disease.
Posted: July 14, 2016, 1:45 pm
A growing number of wellness centers, spas, and sports rehabilitation centers are promoting whole body cryotherapy (WBC) as an effective way to treat chronic pain and a host of other medical conditions, and help you lose weight. However, the FDA has not cleared or approved any WBC machines for any medical use.
Posted: July 5, 2016, 12:22 pm
Eating raw dough or batter could make you sick. Whether you're baking at home, making flour-based 'play' clay, or eating at a restaurant that offers the kids raw dough to play with until the food comes, do not eat it. And make sure your kids don't, either.
Posted: June 28, 2016, 1:00 pm
Increasingly, FDA has used whole genome sequencing to support investigations of foodborne illness outbreaks. Industry is also starting to use whole genome sequencing to monitor food manufacturing for bacteria and take steps to prevent potential outbreaks.
Posted: June 23, 2016, 12:59 pm
A look at various causes of memory loss and treatment approaches.
Posted: June 21, 2016, 1:43 pm
Tobacco use is a major threat to public health and smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States. A new rule has extended the FDA's regulatory authority to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, all cigars, hookah, and pipe tobacco. Learn how this rule affects you and how the FDA is preventing youth from using tobacco products and protecting the public health.
Posted: June 16, 2016, 12:56 pm
When consumed by women before and during pregnancy, folic acid, a B vitamin, may help to prevent neural tube defects (NTDs). A recent FDA action has made that easier for Hispanic women.
Posted: June 13, 2016, 12:00 pm
FDA has updated the online tool you can use to report problems with tobacco products.
Posted: June 8, 2016, 12:00 pm
Drugs containing an antacid and aspirin, and used to treat heartburn, sour stomach, acid indigestion, or upset stomach, can cause serious bleeding, FDA warns. Read the Drug Facts label to see if the product you’re using for these conditions has aspirin, especially if you have a risk factor for bleeding.
Posted: June 6, 2016, 12:00 pm
More women die from heart disease than from any other cause. But women can take action to decrease their risk. The FDA offers many resources to help educate women of all ages about the safe use of FDA-approved drugs and devices for the treatment and prevention of heart disease. Read on for tips and information.
Posted: June 2, 2016, 1:27 pm
Do you have a sneezing, stuffy-nosed child? He or she may have allergies. Read about proven treatments for children here.
Posted: May 26, 2016, 12:30 pm