FDA Consumer Health Information Updates
Is My Dog or Cat a Healthy Weight? Important Questions to Ask the Vet
01/11/2018 09:00 AM
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.
It's Not Too Late to Get Your Flu Shot
01/10/2018 05:00 AM
Think it's too late to get a flu shot? Not so. Find out why.
Adding Folic Acid to Corn Masa Flour May Prevent Birth Defects
01/09/2018 10:30 AM
When consumed by women before and during pregnancy, folic acid, a B vitamin, may help prevent neural tube defects (NTDs).
Dose Matters: FDA's Guidance on Children's X-rays
01/08/2018 02:53 PM
FDA is committed to protecting the health of children by helping lower their exposure to radiation from X-ray exams.
4 Tips to Quit Smoking
01/05/2018 05:00 AM
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.
What Is Gene Therapy? How Does It Work?
12/19/2017 05:00 AM
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.
Keep Your Dogs and Cats Safe From Holiday Hazards
12/12/2017 06:00 AM
From tinsel to table scraps, holiday hazards for pets abound. Here are some tips to help you keep them safe.
Want to Quit Smoking? FDA-Approved Products Can Help
12/11/2017 05:30 AM
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.
Cold and Flu: Prevention, Symptoms, Treatments
12/07/2017 07:00 AM
In much of the Northern Hemisphere, this is prime time for colds, influenza (flu), and other respiratory illnesses. While contagious viruses are active year-round, most infections occur in the fall and winter.
Raw Dough's a Raw Deal and Could Make You Sick
11/28/2017 06:00 AM
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.
Laser Toys: How to Keep Kids Safe
11/24/2017 06:30 AM
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.
Food Safety Tips for Healthy Holidays
11/21/2017 09:00 AM
Following these safe food-handling practices will help prevent foodborne illness.
No Bones (or Bone Treats) About It: Reasons Not to Give Your Dog Bones
11/21/2017 05:00 AM
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.
Cochlear Implants: A Different Kind of 'Hearing'
11/17/2017 05:30 AM
What are cochlear implants? Who uses them? How do they work?
FDA Warns About Stem Cell Therapies
11/16/2017 05:00 AM
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.
The FDA Warns Against Injectable Silicone for Body Contouring and Enhancement
11/14/2017 06:00 AM
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.
Filling in Wrinkles Safely
11/14/2017 04:00 AM
In the quest for youthful looks, both men and women are seeking treatments to minimize laugh lines and other wrinkles. Learn about a popular treatment that involves injecting dermal fillers into the face, its benefits and risks.
Making Decisions for Your Health: Getting the Info You Need
11/01/2017 04:00 AM
The FDA is working hard to make sure you have the information you need to make informed decisions about your health.
Black Licorice: Trick or Treat?
10/30/2017 04:00 PM
Black licorice is an old fashioned treat that can be harmful if you eat too much. If you're 40 or older, eating 2 ounces of black licorice a day for two weeks could cause an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia).
Breast Cancer Screening: Thermogram No Substitute for Mammogram
10/27/2017 04:30 AM
Thermography should not be used in place of mammography, which is still the most effective tool for detecting breast cancer.