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Be Aware of Potentially Dangerous Products That Claim to Treat Autism

Mon, 2019-04-15 11:30
There is no cure for autism. And many products claiming to 'cure' autism carry significant risks. Learn more about autism and how FDA cracks down on false claims.
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Traumatic Brain Injury: What to Know About Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Wed, 2019-04-10 07:30
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can happen to anyone. And these types of injuries, which include concussions, contribute to a substantial number of emergency room visits, and even deaths, each year. Learn more about TBI. And note: If you have a head injury, seek medical attention right away. The FDA has not approved any devices that can assess or diagnose a concussion without an evaluation by a health care provider.
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How to Safely Use Glucose Meters and Test Strips for Diabetes

Mon, 2019-04-08 10:00
Pre-owned test strips can give incorrect results and may not be safe to use with your device. So the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends that you do not buy or sell previously owned glucose test strips. Talk to your health care provider if you are not sure where to buy test strips for your glucose meter or if you cannot afford to buy the test strips recommended for use with your meter.
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Fact or Fiction: What to Know About Smoking Cessation and Medications

Thu, 2019-03-28 08:00
Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, resulting in more than 480,000 deaths annually. Almost 70 percent of current smokers report wanting to quit smoking, but quitting can be hard and often takes multiple attempts. A variety of FDA-approved medications are available to help people successfully quit smoking.
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Mammography: What You Need to Know

Wed, 2019-03-27 07:00
Mammograms are still the best primary tool for breast cancer screening. To continue to protect women's health, the FDA is proposing updates to the mammography regulations to reflect advances in mammography technology and processes.
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How Many Calories? Keep an Eye on the Menu

Mon, 2019-03-18 11:00
FDA's final rule on menu labeling gives consumers the information on calories they need to make informed food choices.
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FDA's Critical Role in Ensuring Supply of Influenza Vaccine

Fri, 2019-03-01 06:00
Making the flu vaccine is a highly complex process. The FDA encourages the development of new technologies for producing flu vaccines and plays an important role in making sure safe and effective vaccines are available each flu season.
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AEDs: How These Devices in Public Places Can Restart Hearts

Mon, 2019-02-25 07:05
If cardiac arrest occurs, rapid treatment with a medical device called an automated external defibrillator, or 'AED' for short, can be life-saving. Learn how FDA works to help ensure they are safe and effective.
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For Women: The FDA Gives Tips to Prevent Heart Disease

Mon, 2019-02-25 07:03
Learn more about the safe and effective use of FDA-approved drugs and devices for the treatment and prevention of heart disease — the number one killer of women.
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FDA-Approved Devices That Keep the Heart Beating

Mon, 2019-02-25 07:00
Cardiovascular devices (or 'heart' devices) such as pacemakers and defibrillators have extended and improved the lives of millions of people worldwide. Learn how the FDA regulates these devices, when to seek medical attention for potential heart issues, and how to report problems.
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Tips to Stay Safe in the Sun: From Sunscreen to Sunglasses

Thu, 2019-02-21 07:00
FDA is proposing to update the requirements for sunscreens to make sure they're safe and effective for regular, lifelong use and provide the protections that consumers expect. In the meantime, consumers should continue to use broad spectrum sunscreens with SPF values of at least 15 and other protective measures as directed.
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Watch Out for False Promises About So-Called Alzheimer’s Cures

Mon, 2019-02-11 08:00
Unfortunately, when faced with a serious health issue, even the most rational person can be led to believe implausible claims.
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