FDA Consumer Health Information Updates
FDA Consumer Health Information Updates
So, your doctor has prescribed a statin. FDA answers six common questions.
Posted: February 16, 2017, 1:00 pm
Cardiovascular devices (or 'heart' devices) such as pacemakers and defibrillators have extended and improved the lives of millions of people worldwide. Learn how the FDA regulates these devices, when to seek medical attention for potential heart issues, and how to report problems.
Posted: February 14, 2017, 7:00 pm
If cardiac arrest occurs, rapid treatment with a medical device called an automated external defibrillator, or 'AED' for short, can be life-saving. Learn about the FDA's role and how these devices are used.
Posted: February 14, 2017, 2:00 pm
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration needs your help to ensure that communities nationwide are following federal tobacco laws. Here's how you can report potential violations.
Posted: February 9, 2017, 3:00 pm
Cervical cancer is largely preventable and, if detected early, curable. The key to prevention is vaccination, and the key to early detection comes down to two tests.
Posted: January 26, 2017, 1:00 pm
Nasal irrigation devices, such as neti pots, can be effective for allergies, sinus infections and other conditions. But they must be used and cleaned properly and only with specific types of water.
Posted: January 24, 2017, 1:00 pm
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