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Treating and Preventing Head Lice
Head lice. Learn how to check for them, how to treat them, and how to avoid having them in your home.
You May Be Surprised by How Much Salt You're Eating
FDA is encouraging industry to gradually reduce the amount of sodium in foods. Consumers have the opportunity to comment.
Is It a Cold or the Flu? Prevention, Symptoms, Treatments
In much of the Northern Hemisphere, this is prime time for colds, influenza (flu), and other respiratory illnesses. While contagious viruses are active year-round, most infections occur in the fall and winter.
Los adolescentes y los esteroides, una combinación peligrosa
Los esteroides anabólicos son especialmente peligrosos para los adolescentes, cuyos cuerpos aún están en desarrollo. En algunos casos, el daño puede ser irreversible.
La FDA actúa para prevenir más casos de escasez de medicamentos
Un nuevo plan estratégico y la propuesta de una nueva regla aspiran a prevenir la escasez de medicamentos y productos biológicos cruciales.
FDA Acts to Prevent More Drug Shortages
A new strategic plan and proposed new rule aim to prevent shortages of critical drugs and biologics.
¿Por qué las carnazas de carne seca están enfermando a las mascotas?
Miles de perros y algunos gatos en los Estados Unidos se han enfermado después de comer carnazas (tiras o palitos de carne seca) para mascotas. A pesar de investigaciones exhaustivas, la causa aún se desconoce. Los científicos de la FDA están ampliando la búsqueda de la causa solicitando muestras e información a los consumidores y los veterinarios.
Why Are Jerky Treats Making Pets Sick?
Thousands of dogs and some cats in the U.S. have gotten sick after eating jerky pet treats. Despite extensive investigations, the cause remains elusive. FDA scientists are broadening the search for the cause by soliciting samples and information from consumers and veterinarians.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Don't Be Misled
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has not been proven to cure cancer, autism, or diabetes. But advertising on the Internet would have you believe it'sa cure-all for many diseases. Using HBOT in the absence of other treatments can endanger your health. Read the Consumer update to learn more.
Babies Spitting Up—Normal in Most Cases
If your baby is spitting up all the time, does it signal a more serious illness? Is medicine called for? Learn how to tell the difference between normal behavior and cause for concern, and what to do in each case.
FDA Team Advances Women's Health
FDA's Office of Women's Health conducts research specific to women's health issues, ensures that women are involved in clinical trials, sponsors training and disseminates critical information in a variety of ways.
Pregnancy: A Time for Special Caution
Pregnant and breastfeeding women can turn to FDA's Office of Women's Health for important health information, including details about the risks and benefits of taking medication during this special time.
Keep Listeria Out of Your Kitchen
Keep Listeria at bay by keeping your refrigerator temperature low and carefully cleaning kitchen surfaces.
Caffeine and Kids: FDA Takes a Closer Look
FDA has concerns about the increasing number of caffeinated products and their impact on children.
La FDA advierte sobre un estimulante potencialmente peligroso para la salud
Los esfuerzos de la FDA en retirar del mercado los suplementos dietéticos que contienen el estimulante DMAA ilustran el papel de la agencia en regular los suplementos dietéticos y sirve como una advertencia para los consumidores.
Temporary Tattoos May Put You at Risk
Are temporary tattoos just a little harmless fun? Not necessarily, say FDA experts. Learn the potential dangers of temporary tattoos made with henna ink and how they have sent many people to the emergency room.
Know Active Ingredients in Children's Meds
If your child is taking more than one medication at the same time, there could be dangerous health consequences if those medicines have the same active ingredient. It's important to be aware of the active ingredients in each medication.
6 Tip-offs to Rip-offs: Don't Fall for Health Fraud Scams
Been scammed? Don't be duped into buying fraudulent health products. Learn the tip-offs to rip-offs in this Consumer Update, part of FDA's support of National Consumer Protection Week.
Practice Hospital Bed Safety
Life-saving tips for using hospital beds safely
FDA Criminal Unit Guards Public Health
Whether you’re picking up a non-prescription cold medicine or getting a flu shot, most U.S. consumers take the safety of their medications for granted. That’s because of the work of Food and Drug Administration’s criminal investigations unit known as the Office of Criminal Investigations.