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7 Tips for Cleaning Fruits, Vegetables

Tue, 2018-07-10 10:00
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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The Facts on Tampons—and How to Use Them Safely

Wed, 2018-06-27 14:21
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.
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The FDA Encourages New Treatments for Sickle Cell Disease

Mon, 2018-06-18 08:00
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).
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Prevent Heartworms in Dogs, Cats, and Ferrets Year-Round

Thu, 2018-06-07 07:00
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.
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Medical Devices that Treat Obesity: What to Know

Mon, 2018-06-04 07:00
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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Ticks and Lyme Disease: Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention

Thu, 2018-05-24 06:00
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?
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Do Teething Babies Need Medicine on Their Gums? No

Wed, 2018-05-23 06:00
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.
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5 Tips for a Healthy Vacation

Mon, 2018-05-21 07:00
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.
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'Gluten-Free' Means What It Says

Fri, 2018-05-11 08:00
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.
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What to Know When Buying or Using a Breast Pump

Tue, 2018-05-08 07:20
Breast pumps are medical devices regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. They can be used to extract milk, maintain or increase a woman's milk supply, and relieve engorged breasts (among other indications). But, to protect mothers and their babies, there are important safety considerations to know before using one.
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Medication Safety: Advice for New Moms

Tue, 2018-05-08 07:00
Mother's Day is an exciting time for new moms. 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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How Many Calories? Keep an Eye on the Menu

Mon, 2018-05-07 06:00
FDA's final rule on menu labeling gives consumers the information on calories they need to make informed food choices.
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Do You Vape? See These Tips on How to Keep E-Liquids Away from Children

Tue, 2018-05-01 06:00
Accidentally touching or drinking e-liquids can be dangerous and even deadly for young children. So it’s important to handle and store these products carefully, to teach children to stay away from these products, and to be prepared for emergencies. Consider these tips.
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