FDA Consumer Health Information Updates
FDA Consumer Health Information Updates
Is flavor labeling on food packages misleading? FDA helps ensure that it isn't.
Posted: September 21, 2016, 12:00 pm
The older you get, the more likely you are to use additional medicines, which can increase the chance of harmful drug effects including interactions. So consider these safety tips (and share them with your loved ones) when taking prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, herbal preparations, and supplements.
Posted: September 20, 2016, 1:00 pm
FDA is using whole genome sequencing to determine if antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria found in other countries are also present in the U.S.
Posted: September 15, 2016, 12:30 pm
To advance urgently needed research in Alzheimer's disease, FDA is engaging with researchers, drug companies, and the public as they design new clinical studies for promising drugs.
Posted: September 13, 2016, 12:00 pm
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can happen to anyone. And these types of injuries, which include concussions, contribute to a substantial number of emergency room visits (and even deaths) each year. Learn about TBI and the FDA's related research and regulatory activities.
Posted: September 8, 2016, 12:00 pm
Head lice. They're every parent's nightmare. Learn how to check for them, how to treat them, and how to avoid having them in your home.
Posted: September 6, 2016, 2:00 pm
Think antibacterial soaps reduce your risk of getting an infection? Not necessarily, the FDA says. Thereâ€™s no data demonstrating that over-the-counter antibacterial soaps are better at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water.
Posted: September 2, 2016, 12:30 pm
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates microwave ovens. The FDA sets and enforces performance standards for microwave ovens to assure radiation emissions do not pose a hazard to public health. When you use a microwave oven, you should use it properly and maintain it appropriately, as recommended by the user manual. Read more for tips on safe use.
Posted: September 1, 2016, 12:00 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: 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 FDAâ€™s commitment to protect the public health, FDA scientists are working to learn why more cases are occurring, and how vaccinesâ€”which are already safe and effectiveâ€”can be made even better. Hereâ€™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