FDA Consumer Health Information Updates
5 Tips for a Healthy Vacation
05/24/2017 05:00 AM
As you plan your next beach vacation, make sure your trip is a healthy one. Consider these five tips on sun safety, medications, contact lenses, tattoos, and eating well.
How to Safely Use Glucose Meters and Test Strips for Diabetes
05/15/2017 09:00 PM
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates glucose meters and test strips. Check out this safety information from the FDA including advice on why you shouldn't buy or sell previously owned test strips.
Medication Safety: Advice for New Moms
05/10/2017 08:00 AM
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. Medical officers at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration offer health suggestions.
What to Know When Buying or Using a Breast Pump
05/10/2017 07:45 AM
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.
Depression: FDA-Approved Medications May Help
05/09/2017 05:00 AM
Depression is a serious medical illness. Not all depression requires treatment with medication. But medications that are approved for the treatment of depression by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration can help improve symptoms in some people.
The Facts on Bipolar Disorder and FDA-Approved Treatments
05/09/2017 04:45 AM
Bipolar disorder is characterized by alternating periods of highs and lows--and it can feel like living life on a roller coaster. Proper diagnosis is important, and there are many medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that can help treat symptoms.
Hepatitis C Treatments Give Patients More Options
05/04/2017 05:00 AM
Advances in drug treatments approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are giving the 3.2 million Americans with chronic hepatitis C a chance at a longer, healthier life. That's welcome news for baby boomers, a generation that makes up three of four adults with the hepatitis C virus.
Think Before You Ink: Are Tattoos Safe?
05/02/2017 05:00 AM
Are tattoos safe? Not always. More people are getting tattoos, and some have developed infections from contaminated inks, or had bad reactions to the inks themselves.
HIV and Hepatitis: Know Your Status and Learn About the FDA's Role
04/26/2017 11:09 AM
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working to reduce health disparities among people of different ethnic and racial groups. The agency's Office of Minority Health is now focusing efforts on educating people about HIV and hepatitis. Here's what to know about testing, treatment, and the FDAÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s role.
Products Claiming to "Cure" Cancer Are a Cruel Deception
04/25/2017 05:00 AM
Many ads on social media and "healthy" websites claim their products can cure cancer. They cannot.
Codeine and Tramadol Can Cause Breathing Problems for Children
04/20/2017 06:00 AM
The FDA is strengthening drug labels for codeine and tramadol to protect children and nursing babies.
The FDA Supports Research to Reduce Health Disparities
04/19/2017 05:00 AM
Scientific researchers now are working on how to reduce health disparities (differences in health outcomes) among racial and ethnic minorities. And they're doing it with the help of funding from--and by working with--the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Learn more.
Problems with E-Cigarettes, Vape Products, Hookah, Cigarettes or Other Tobacco Products? Tell the FDA
04/16/2017 09:00 PM
The FDA has updated the online tool you can use to report problems with tobacco products.
Autism: Beware of Potentially Dangerous Therapies and Products
04/12/2017 04:00 AM
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.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatments Aren't One-Size-Fits-All
04/06/2017 05:00 AM
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is an often misunderstood and underdiagnosed condition that affects about 15.3 million people in the United States. No one remedy works for all patients, so the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working to bring more treatments to the market.
Would Your Child Benefit from a Clinical Trial?
03/21/2017 05:00 AM
Thinking of enrolling your child in a clinical trial? What can you expect to happen?
Colorectal Cancer: What You Should Know
03/16/2017 04:30 AM
Colorectal cancer is preventable and, if caught early enough, treatable. Learn who should get screened and when.
FDA's Food and Cosmetic Information Center Answers Your Questions
03/07/2017 06:00 AM
FDA's Food and Cosmetic Information Center answers telephone and written questions about nutrition and the safety of food, dietary supplements, and cosmetics.
Is My Dog or Cat a Healthy Weight? Important Questions to Ask the Vet
03/02/2017 06:00 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.
Treating Migraines: More Ways to Fight the Pain
02/23/2017 06:30 AM
In recent years, FDA has given adults new options for treating migraines by allowing the marketing of two prescription devices for such headaches. Some patients don't tolerate migraine drugs well, and these devices can provide an alternative they didn't have before.