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FDA Consumer Health Information Updates

FDA Consumer Health Information Updates

FDA Consumer Health Information Updates

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates glucose meters and test strips. Check out this safety information from the FDA including advice on why you shouldn't buy or sell previously owned test strips.
Posted: May 16, 2017, 4:00 am
Mother's Day is an exciting time for new moms. But moms (and dads) of babies 12 months and younger can also have some worries. Medical officers at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration offer health suggestions.
Posted: May 10, 2017, 3:00 pm
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: May 10, 2017, 2:45 pm
Depression is a serious medical illness. Not all depression requires treatment with medication. But medications that are approved for the treatment of depression by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration can help improve symptoms in some people.
Posted: May 9, 2017, 12:00 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: May 9, 2017, 11:45 am
Advances in drug treatments approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are giving the 3.2 million Americans with chronic hepatitis C a chance at a longer, healthier life. That's welcome news for baby boomers, a generation that makes up three of four adults with the hepatitis C virus.
Posted: May 4, 2017, 12:00 pm
Are tattoos safe? Not always. More people are getting tattoos, and some have developed infections from contaminated inks, or had bad reactions to the inks themselves.
Posted: May 2, 2017, 12:00 pm
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working to reduce health disparities among people of different ethnic and racial groups. The agency's Office of Minority Health is now focusing efforts on educating people about HIV and hepatitis. Here's what to know about testing, treatment, and the FDA’s role.
Posted: April 26, 2017, 6:09 pm
Many ads on social media and "healthy" websites claim their products can cure cancer. They cannot.
Posted: April 25, 2017, 12:00 pm
The FDA is strengthening drug labels for codeine and tramadol to protect children and nursing babies.
Posted: April 20, 2017, 1:00 pm
Scientific researchers now are working on how to reduce health disparities (differences in health outcomes) among racial and ethnic minorities. And they're doing it with the help of funding from--and by working with--the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Learn more.
Posted: April 19, 2017, 12:00 pm
The FDA has updated the online tool you can use to report problems with tobacco products.
Posted: April 17, 2017, 4:00 am
There is no cure for autism. And many products claiming to 'cure' autism carry significant risks. Learn more about autism and how FDA cracks down on false claims.
Posted: April 12, 2017, 11:00 am
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 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working to bring more treatments to the market.
Posted: April 6, 2017, 12:00 pm
Thinking of enrolling your child in a clinical trial? What can you expect to happen?
Posted: March 21, 2017, 12:00 pm
Colorectal cancer is preventable and, if caught early enough, treatable. Learn who should get screened and when.
Posted: March 16, 2017, 11:30 am
FDA's Food and Cosmetic Information Center answers telephone and written questions about nutrition and the safety of food, dietary supplements, and cosmetics.
Posted: March 7, 2017, 1:00 pm
Just as obesity has become a serious problem in people, it's also a growing problem in pets, one that can seriously harm your pet's health.
Posted: March 2, 2017, 1:00 pm
In recent years, FDA has given adults new options for treating migraines by allowing the marketing of two prescription devices for such headaches. Some patients don't tolerate migraine drugs well, and these devices can provide an alternative they didn't have before.
Posted: February 23, 2017, 1:30 pm
So, your doctor has prescribed a statin. FDA answers six common questions.
Posted: February 16, 2017, 1:00 pm