FDA Consumer Health Information Updates

FDA Consumer Health Information Updates

FDA Consumer Health Information Updates

Safely Soothing Teething Pain and Sensory Needs in Babies and Older Children

Thu, 20 Dec 2018 08:00:00 -0500

Soothing children’s gums with prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medications, homeopathic remedies or teething jewelry can be dangerous. Consider safer alternatives.

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To Eat or Not to Eat: Decorative Products on Foods Can Be Unsafe

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 08:00:00 -0500

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.

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Spilling the Beans: How Much Caffeine is Too Much?

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 11:30:00 -0500

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.

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When to Give Kids Medicine for Coughs and Colds

Tue, 27 Nov 2018 08:00:00 -0500

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.

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Manage Your Asthma: Know Your Triggers and Treatment Options

Thu, 08 Nov 2018 08:30:00 -0500

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.

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Now's a Good Time to Get Your Flu Vaccine

Wed, 31 Oct 2018 08:30:00 -0400

Early in the fall is the best time to get your annual flu vaccine. Find out why it's important to get one.

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Xylitol and Your Dog: Danger, Paws Off

Thu, 25 Oct 2018 07:00:00 -0400

This sugar substitute, found in some human foods and dental products, can be poisonous to your dog.

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Nutrition Facts Label Reboot: A Tale of Two Labels

Thu, 25 Oct 2018 07:00:00 -0400

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.

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7 Tips for Cleaning Fruits, Vegetables

Tue, 10 Jul 2018 11:00:00 -0400

Fresh produce can become contaminated in many ways, but following these simple steps can help protect you and your family from foodborne illness.

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The Facts on Tampons—and How to Use Them Safely

Thu, 28 Jun 2018 09:00:00 -0400

Tampons are medical devices regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. And if you or a loved one uses them, it's important to use them safely. Learn the basics and consider this advice.

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The FDA Encourages New Treatments for Sickle Cell Disease

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 09:00:00 -0400

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is collaborating with patients, academics, and the pharmaceutical industry to encourage the development of new treatments for sickle cell disease (SCD).

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Prevent Heartworms in Dogs, Cats, and Ferrets Year-Round

Thu, 07 Jun 2018 08:00:00 -0400

Heartworm disease can be fatal to pets, but it is also preventable. Learn more about the dangers of heartworm disease and the importance of year-round prevention.

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Medical Devices that Treat Obesity: What to Know

Mon, 04 Jun 2018 08:00:00 -0400

Obesity has been linked to many health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Treatments for obesity range from healthy eating and exercise to prescription medicine and surgery. In recent years, FDA-regulated medical devices have also played a treatment role. Learn about approved products.

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Ticks and Lyme Disease: Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention

Thu, 24 May 2018 07:00:00 -0400

Lyme disease is on the rise. How can you prevent it? What are the symptoms, and what should you do if you think you or your pet have it?

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5 Tips for a Healthy Vacation

Mon, 21 May 2018 08:00:00 -0400

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.

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'Gluten-Free' Means What It Says

Fri, 11 May 2018 09:00:00 -0400

The only way to manage celiac disease is to avoid eating foods containing gluten. Learn how FDA's definition of 'gluten free' on food labels makes that possible.

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Medication Safety: Advice for New Parents

Wed, 09 May 2018 08:00:00 -0400

Mother's Day and Father's Day are exciting for new parents. 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.

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What to Know When Buying or Using a Breast Pump

Tue, 08 May 2018 08:20:00 -0400

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.

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How Many Calories? Keep an Eye on the Menu

Mon, 07 May 2018 07:00:00 -0400

FDA's final rule on menu labeling gives consumers the information on calories they need to make informed food choices.

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Do You Vape? See These Tips on How to Keep E-Liquids Away from Children

Tue, 01 May 2018 07:00:00 -0400

Accidentally touching or drinking e-liquids can be dangerous and even deadly for young children. So it’s important to handle and store these products carefully, to teach children to stay away from these products, and to be prepared for emergencies. Consider these tips.

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