FDA Consumer Health Information Updates
Controlling Cholesterol with Statins
02/16/2017 06:00 AM
So, your doctor has prescribed a statin. FDA answers six common questions.
FDA-Approved Devices That Keep the Heart Beating
02/14/2017 12:00 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.
How Devices in Public Places Can Restart Hearts
02/14/2017 07:00 AM
If cardiac arrest occurs, rapid treatment with a medical device called an automated external defibrillator, or 'AED' for short, can be life-saving. Learn about the FDA's role and how these devices are used.
Help The FDA Keep Kids from Using Tobacco
02/09/2017 08:00 AM
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration needs your help to ensure that communities nationwide are following federal tobacco laws. Here's how you can report potential violations.
Improving Your Odds for Cervical Health
01/26/2017 06:00 AM
Cervical cancer is largely preventable and, if detected early, curable. The key to prevention is vaccination, and the key to early detection comes down to two tests.
Is Rinsing Your Sinuses With Neti Pots Safe?
01/24/2017 06:00 AM
Nasal irrigation devices, such as neti pots, can be effective for allergies, sinus infections and other conditions. But they must be used and cleaned properly and only with specific types of water.
What to Ask Your Doctor Before Taking Opioids
01/19/2017 07:00 AM
Opioids can be used to treat certain kinds of chronic and acute pain. It doesn't matter who is writing the prescription; ask these questions before taking opioids.
Is It Really 'FDA Approved?'
01/17/2017 06:00 AM
How can you know for sure what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates? FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by regulating human drugs and biologics, animal drugs, medical devices, tobacco products, food and animal feed, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.
Help Keep a Sick Child Safe: Learn How to Use a Hospital Crib
01/12/2017 06:00 AM
It's important that you know how to use medical cribs and bassinets correctly, both in and out of the hospital -- especially if your special needs child uses one of these cribs at home.
FDA Encourages More Participation, Diversity in Clinical Trials
01/10/2017 06:00 AM
The FDA is encouraging more people--including members of diverse racial and ethnic groups, women, and older adults--to participate in clinical trials. Learn why.
Adding Folic Acid to Corn Masa Flour May Prevent Birth Defects
01/04/2017 06:15 AM
When consumed by women before and during pregnancy, folic acid, a B vitamin, may help prevent neural tube defects (NTDs).
The 3Rs of 3D Printing: FDA's Role
12/21/2016 06:00 AM
Learn how the FDA reviews and researches 3D printed medical products to protect the public health.
How to Report Product Problems and Complaints to the FDA
12/20/2016 06:00 AM
If you use a product regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and have an unexpected reaction or other problem, the FDA wants to hear from you. Learn how to report problems.
Keep Your Dogs and Cats Safe From Holiday Hazards
12/08/2016 06:00 AM
From tinsel to table scraps, holiday hazards for pets abound. Here are some tips to help you keep them safe.
The Facts on Bipolar Disorder and FDA-Approved Treatments
12/01/2016 06:00 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.
Secondhand (and Third-Hand) Smoke May Be Making Your Pet Sick
11/30/2016 07:00 AM
Secondhand and third-hand smoke may be making your pet dog, bird, cat, guinea pig, or fish sick.
FDA Facilitates Research on Earlier Stages of Alzheimer's Disease
11/17/2016 06:00 AM
To advance urgently needed research in Alzheimer's disease, FDA is engaging with researchers, drug companies, and the public as they design clinical studies for promising drugs.
What Women Should Know About Essure Permanent Birth Control
11/15/2016 07:28 AM
Women should carefully consider the benefits and risks associated with permanent birth control devices, like the FDA-approved Essure device, along with other birth control options.
Cochlear Implants: A Different Kind of 'Hearing'
11/10/2016 06:30 AM
What are cochlear implants? Who uses them? How do they work?
Beware of Illegally Marketed Diabetes Treatments
11/08/2016 09:30 AM
Consumers with diabetes risk serious health complications by choosing illegally marketed diabetes products, which also may be dangerous in and of themselves. Learn about the unapproved products flooding the marketplace and what FDA is doing to counter diabetes products that violate federal law.