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FDA Consumer Health Information Updates

FDA Consumer Health Information Updates

FDA Consumer Health Information Updates

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
May is National Lupus Awareness Month, a good time to think about lupus and the challenges it presents to patients. Learn about this chronic, autoimmune disease and the promise of future therapies.
Posted: May 18, 2016, 3:27 pm
This sugar substitute, found in some human foods and dental products, can be poisonous to your dog.
Posted: May 12, 2016, 11:00 am
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 the FDA is doing to counter diabetes products that violate federal law.
Posted: May 10, 2016, 3:30 pm
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.
Posted: May 5, 2016, 12:00 pm
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. FDA medical officers offer health suggestions.
Posted: May 3, 2016, 5:30 pm
As tattoos have become more popular, the number of people suffering from infections and other bad reactions has also increased.
Posted: May 3, 2016, 11:00 am
Don't let unused or expired medicines collect in your home. Learn about community take-back programs, including the annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, and other ways to dispose of unused drugs safely.
Posted: April 25, 2016, 1:30 pm