FDA Consumer Health Information Updates
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Xylitol and Your Dog: Danger, Paws Off

    This sugar substitute, found in some human foods and dental products, can be poisonous to your dog.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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).
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

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