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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 breast implants as medical devices. Learn about the risks of these products, and consider this advice.
Posted: April 6, 2018, 1:00 pm
The FDA regulates many products that treat allergies or offer allergy relief. But which will work for you depends on your particular symptoms.
Posted: March 29, 2018, 11:30 am
How to tell if you have a cold or the flu, and when to seek medical care.
Posted: March 14, 2018, 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 more about TBI, and the FDA's related research and regulatory activities.
Posted: February 14, 2018, 10:00 pm
How can you tell if an online pharmacy is operating legally? The FDA's BeSafeRx web page can help you identify and avoid rogue online pharmacies. The FDA has tips for buying medicines online safely.
Posted: January 25, 2018, 12:00 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: January 11, 2018, 4:00 pm
Think it's too late to get a flu shot? Not so. Find out why.
Posted: January 10, 2018, 12:00 pm
When consumed by women before and during pregnancy, folic acid, a B vitamin, may help prevent neural tube defects (NTDs).
Posted: January 9, 2018, 5:30 pm
FDA is committed to protecting the health of children by helping lower their exposure to radiation from X-ray exams.
Posted: January 8, 2018, 9:53 pm
Will 2018 be the year you decide you want to quit smoking? Nearly 70 percent of current adult smokers say they want to quit. Check out this story for tips, including info about FDA-approved products and resources that can help.
Posted: January 5, 2018, 12:00 pm
Gene therapy is the process of replacing defective genes with healthy ones, adding new genes to help the body fight or treat disease, or deactivating problem genes. It holds the promise to transform medicine and create options for patients who are living with difficult, and even incurable, diseases. Learn how this innovative therapy works.
Posted: December 19, 2017, 12:00 pm
From tinsel to table scraps, holiday hazards for pets abound. Here are some tips to help you keep them safe.
Posted: December 12, 2017, 1:00 pm
If you want to quit smoking, you may want to use a smoking cessation product proven to help. Data has shown that using cessation medicine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration can double your chance of quitting success. Here’s what to know about these over-the-counter and prescription products.
Posted: December 11, 2017, 12:30 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: November 28, 2017, 1:00 pm
When operated unsafely, or without certain controls, the highly-concentrated light from laser pointers and laser toys can be dangerous, causing serious eye injuries and even blindness. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reminding consumers how to stay safe.
Posted: November 24, 2017, 1:30 pm
Following these safe food-handling practices will help prevent foodborne illness.
Posted: November 21, 2017, 4:00 pm
Bone treats are real bones that have been processed, sometimes flavored, and packaged for dogs. Giving your dog a 'bone treat' might lead to an unexpected trip to your veterinarian, a possible emergency surgery, or even death for your pet.
Posted: November 21, 2017, 12:00 pm
What are cochlear implants? Who uses them? How do they work?
Posted: November 17, 2017, 12:30 pm
Stem cells have been called everything from cure-alls to miracle treatments. But don't believe the hype. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is concerned that some patients may be vulnerable to stem cell treatments that are illegal and potentially harmful. Here's what to know before you consider stem cell treatment.
Posted: November 16, 2017, 12:00 pm
Injectable dermal fillers are medical devices regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. But no injectable filler is FDA-approved for large-scale body contouring or body enhancement. Learn why injectable silicone and other unapproved products (also called 'but' fillers, breast fillers, or products to fill spaces between muscles) are dangerous and should be avoided.
Posted: November 14, 2017, 1:00 pm