FDA Consumer Health Information Updates

>Is It a Cold or the Flu? Prevention, Symptoms, Treatments

How to tell if you have a cold or the flu, and when to seek medical care

>5 Things to Know About Breast Implants

Researching breast implants can be overwhelming and confusing. FDA has online tools available to help women sort through the information and provides questions to consider before

>How to Safely Use Glucose Meters and Test Strips for Diabetes

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

>FDA Encourages More Participation, Diversity in Clinical Trials

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

>Traumatic Brain Injury: FDA Actions and Research

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

>How Devices in Public Places Can Restart Hearts

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

>FDA-Approved Devices That Keep the Heart Beating

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

>Prostate Cancer: Symptoms, Tests, and Treatment

September is Prostate Health Awaremeness month. Prostate cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths among American men. Learn more

>Hearing Aids and Personal Sound Amplifiers: Know the Difference

FDA recently issued guidelines on important differences between hearing aides and personal sound amplifying devices

>Advances in Saving Lives with Blood

An FDA official in the Office of Blood Research and Review discusses promising technologies involving blood and blood products, from extending the life of blood products to using

>FDA Works to Lessen Drug Shortage Impact

In response to the growing number of drug shortages in U.S., the Food and Drug Administration is doing what it can to prevent and lessen the severity of the shortages, so patients

>FDA Acts to Prevent More Drug Shortages

A new strategic plan and proposed new rule aim to prevent shortages of critical drugs and biologics

>FDA Meeting FSMA Food Safety Goals

FDA meets more goals established by the new food safety law by acting to prevent food smuggling, clarifying its stand on new ingredients in dietary supplements, and other actions

>Import Alerts Guard Against Unsafe Products

Import alerts like the one issued to detain all shipments of papayas from Mexico is one of the prevention measures FDA uses to keep potentially dangerous products out of the U.S

>FDA Speeds Innovation in Rare Disease Therapies

The Food and Drug Administration Office of Orphan Products Development is launching web-based educational resources for patients and industry on rare disease topics. The page

>Check Adult Portable Bed Rails Often for Safer Use

Portable bed rails can provide support to those who need them, but they can also pose some safety hazards. FDA offers tips for safer use

>Research Flash: FDA Scientists Study Pediatric Brain Function

At FDA's National Center for Toxicological Research, investigators are researching pediatric brain function; and they've developed an innovative tool

>FDA Pharmacists Help Consumers Use Medicines Safely

Got a question about a medicine? FDA's Division of Drug Information can answer it

>At FDA, Pharmacists Answer Your Call

Twenty-five pharmacists and other experts who work in the Division of Drug Information at FDA assist the public by answering the calls, e-mails and letters that pour into FDA daily

>FDA Ensures Your Foods From Animals Are Safe

If you eat meat or drink milk, you want to know: Are the veterinary drugs used in food-producing animals entering your diet? And if they are, are the amounts safe for human

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