FDA Consumer Health Information Updates
  1. Watch Out for False Promises About So-Called Alzheimer’s Cures

    Unfortunately, when faced with a serious health issue, even the most rational person can be led to believe implausible claims.
  2. Safely Soothing Teething Pain and Sensory Needs in Babies and Older Children

    Soothing children’s gums with prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medications, homeopathic remedies or teething jewelry can be dangerous. Consider safer alternatives.
  3. To Eat or Not to Eat: Decorative Products on Foods Can Be Unsafe

    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.
  4. Spilling the Beans: How Much Caffeine is Too Much?

    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.
  5. When to Give Kids Medicine for Coughs and Colds

    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.
  6. Manage Your Asthma: Know Your Triggers and Treatment Options

    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.
  7. Now's a Good Time to Get Your Flu Vaccine

    Early in the fall is the best time to get your annual flu vaccine. Find out why it's important to get one.
  8. Xylitol and Your Dog: Danger, Paws Off

    This sugar substitute, found in some human foods and dental products, can be poisonous to your dog.
  9. Nutrition Facts Label Reboot: A Tale of Two Labels

    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.
  10. 7 Tips for Cleaning Fruits, Vegetables

    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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