FDA Consumer Health Information Updates
  1. 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.
  2. The Facts on Tampons—and How to Use Them Safely

    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.
  3. The FDA Encourages New Treatments for Sickle Cell Disease

    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).
  4. Prevent Heartworms in Dogs, Cats, and Ferrets Year-Round

    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.
  5. Medical Devices that Treat Obesity: What to Know

    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.
  6. Ticks and Lyme Disease: Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention

    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?
  7. Do Teething Babies Need Medicine on Their Gums? No

    Teething is a normal part of childhood that doesn’t need a 'cure' with prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medications. FDA warns parents that benzocaine products are not safe for treating teething in children. There are safer, non-toxic alternatives.
  8. 5 Tips for a Healthy Vacation

    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.
  9. 'Gluten-Free' Means What It Says

    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.
  10. Medication Safety: Advice for New Parents

    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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