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For Women: The FDA Gives Tips to Prevent Heart Disease
More women die from heart disease than from any other cause. But women can take action to decrease their risk. The FDA offers many resources to help educate women of all ages about the safe use of FDA-approved drugs and devices for the treatment and prevention of heart disease. Read on for tips and information.
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.
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.
WANTED: Consumers to Report Problems
Had an issue with a medicine, medical device, or food product and did not know who to notify? FDA's MedWatch is here to help.
Some Medications and Driving Don't Mix
Some prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines can cause reactions that may make it unsafe to drive
Safe Use of Flea and Tick Products in Pets
Pet owners should take certain precautions to use these products safely on their pets.
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 these safer alternatives.
Report Kids' Problems With Medical Products
Children's caregivers witness first-hand bad experiences with pediatric medical products or devices. FDA encourages consumers to report these experiences with drugs and device problems to the agency.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Machine Cleaning
Devices that claim to use ozone gas or UV light to clean CPAP machines do not have FDA clearance or approval.
Reducing Fever in Children: Safe Use of Acetaminophen
Giving a child just a little more acetaminophen than directed can cause serious side effects. Learn how to give this drug safely.
Plan, Prepare and Protect Your Pet Before, During and After an Emergency
When it comes to planning for emergencies, pet owners should consider their pets too. With some simple preparations now, you can make sure your pet will be protected, safe and healthy, during and after any emergency.
Nutrition Facts Label Better Informs Your Food Choices
The new Nutrition Facts label will provide information that consumers need to make better informed food choices that support a healthy diet.
The Nutrition Facts Label on food packaging is an important and easy way to get essential information to help you make healthy food choices. These FDA Consumer Updates are also a great resource for more nutrition facts, and other helpful information about the food you eat.
Nipple Aspirate Test Is No Substitute for Mammogram
Some companies are marketing the nipple aspirate test as the latest and greatest tool in early breast cancer screening. But FDA warns that the nipple aspirate test is no substitute for a mammogram. Find out why.
Medication Errors Happen to Pets Too
With pets, as with people, medication errors can happen throughout the treatment process, and your animal's health can be harmed. Learn about the kinds of medication errors that can occur in treating animals, and specific steps you can take to make sure that doesn't happen to your pets.
Manage Your Asthma: Know Your Triggers and Treatment Options
Asthma is a chronic lung disease that causes the airways to become inflamed and narrow.
Making Decisions for Your Health: Getting the Info You Need
The FDA is working hard to make sure you have the information you need to make informed decisions about your health.
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.
Hyland's Homeopathic Teething Tablets: Questions and Answers
The FDA continues to warn consumers that Hyland's Teething Tablets may pose a risk to children.
Got a Question About Your Pet's Health?
Got questions about the foods, drugs and other issues involving your pet? FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) may be able to answer them. Read these seven frequently asked questions, and CVM's answers.