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FDA Consumer Health Information Updates

FDA Consumer Health Information Updates

FDA Consumer Health Information Updates

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 15, 2019, 4:30 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 note: If you have a head injury, seek medical attention right away. The FDA has not approved any devices that can assess or diagnose a concussion without an evaluation by a health care provider.
Posted: April 10, 2019, 12:30 pm
Pre-owned test strips can give incorrect results and may not be safe to use with your device. So the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends that you do not buy or sell previously owned glucose test strips. Talk to your health care provider if you are not sure where to buy test strips for your glucose meter or if you cannot afford to buy the test strips recommended for use with your meter.
Posted: April 8, 2019, 3:00 pm
Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, resulting in more than 480,000 deaths annually. Almost 70 percent of current smokers report wanting to quit smoking, but quitting can be hard and often takes multiple attempts. A variety of FDA-approved medications are available to help people successfully quit smoking.
Posted: March 28, 2019, 1:00 pm
Mammograms are still the best primary tool for breast cancer screening. To continue to protect women's health, the FDA is proposing updates to the mammography regulations to reflect advances in mammography technology and processes.
Posted: March 27, 2019, 12:00 pm
FDA's final rule on menu labeling gives consumers the information on calories they need to make informed food choices.
Posted: March 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Making the flu vaccine is a highly complex process. The FDA encourages the development of new technologies for producing flu vaccines and plays an important role in making sure safe and effective vaccines are available each flu season.
Posted: March 1, 2019, 12:00 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 how FDA works to help ensure they are safe and effective.
Posted: February 25, 2019, 1:05 pm
Learn more about the safe and effective use of FDA-approved drugs and devices for the treatment and prevention of heart disease — the number one killer of women.
Posted: February 25, 2019, 1:03 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 25, 2019, 1:00 pm
FDA is proposing to update the requirements for sunscreens to make sure they're safe and effective for regular, lifelong use and provide the protections that consumers expect. In the meantime, consumers should continue to use broad spectrum sunscreens with SPF values of at least 15 and other protective measures as directed.
Posted: February 21, 2019, 1:00 pm
Unfortunately, when faced with a serious health issue, even the most rational person can be led to believe implausible claims.
Posted: February 11, 2019, 2:00 pm
Soothing children’s gums with prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medications, homeopathic remedies or teething jewelry can be dangerous. Consider safer alternatives.
Posted: December 20, 2018, 1:00 pm
FDA knows that some non-edible decorative glitters and dusts are promoted for use on foods. But consumers need to be aware that these materials, in fact, may contain materials that should not be eaten. Here’s how to tell if such materials are edible or not.
Posted: December 14, 2018, 1:00 pm
In what foods is caffeine found? Can caffeine pose a danger to your health? This Consumer Update answers these and other key questions about caffeine.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 4:30 pm
Sometimes a cold is just a cold. What can worried parents do when their babies and young children have a cold or cough? The FDA has some advice and tips.
Posted: November 27, 2018, 1:00 pm
You can manage your asthma by taking medications approved by the FDA. Before going to the pharmacy, get a proper diagnosis from a doctor and together develop an asthma action plan.
Posted: November 8, 2018, 1:30 pm
Early in the fall is the best time to get your annual flu vaccine. Find out why it's important to get one.
Posted: October 31, 2018, 12:30 pm
The Nutrition Facts Label (NFL) on packages consumers look at when they’re buying groceries or preparing a meal has undergone a makeover. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has changed it to reflect updated scientific findings and help consumers make better-informed choices about the foods their families eat. Until the deadlines, consumers may see two different versions on the products they buy: the original label they’ve been using, as well as the new label. The Consumer Update will emphasize that both provide helpful information for consumers, delineate the differences between the two, and explain the scientific reason for making a change.
Posted: October 25, 2018, 11:00 am
This sugar substitute, found in some human foods and dental products, can be poisonous to your dog.
Posted: October 25, 2018, 11:00 am