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Keep Your Dogs and Cats Safe From Holiday Hazards

Tue, 2017-12-12 07:00
From tinsel to table scraps, holiday hazards for pets abound. Here are some tips to help you keep them safe.
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Want to Quit Smoking? FDA-Approved Products Can Help

Mon, 2017-12-11 06:30
If you want to quit smoking, you may want to use a smoking cessation product proven to help. Data has shown that using cessation medicine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration can double your chance of quitting success. Here’s what to know about these over-the-counter and prescription products.
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Cold and Flu: Prevention, Symptoms, Treatments

Thu, 2017-12-07 08:00
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.
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Raw Dough's a Raw Deal and Could Make You Sick

Mon, 2017-11-27 07:00
Eating raw dough or batter could make you sick. Whether you're baking at home, making flour-based 'play' clay, or eating at a restaurant that offers the kids raw dough to play with until the food comes, do not eat it. And make sure your kids don't, either.
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Laser Toys: How to Keep Kids Safe

Fri, 2017-11-24 07:30
When operated unsafely, or without certain controls, the highly-concentrated light from laser pointers and laser toys can be dangerous, causing serious eye injuries and even blindness. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reminding consumers how to stay safe.
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Food Safety Tips for Healthy Holidays

Tue, 2017-11-21 10:00
Following these safe food-handling practices will help prevent foodborne illness.
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No Bones (or Bone Treats) About It: Reasons Not to Give Your Dog Bones

Tue, 2017-11-21 06:00
Bone treats are real bones that have been processed, sometimes flavored, and packaged for dogs. Giving your dog a 'bone treat' might lead to an unexpected trip to your veterinarian, a possible emergency surgery, or even death for your pet.
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Cochlear Implants: A Different Kind of 'Hearing'

Fri, 2017-11-17 06:30
What are cochlear implants? Who uses them? How do they work?
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FDA Warns About Stem Cell Therapies

Thu, 2017-11-16 06:00
Stem cells have been called everything from cure-alls to miracle treatments. But don't believe the hype. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is concerned that some patients may be vulnerable to stem cell treatments that are illegal and potentially harmful. Here's what to know before you consider stem cell treatment.
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The FDA Warns Against Injectable Silicone for Body Contouring and Enhancement

Tue, 2017-11-14 07:00
Injectable dermal fillers are medical devices regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. But no injectable filler is FDA-approved for large-scale body contouring or body enhancement. Learn why injectable silicone and other unapproved products (also called 'but' fillers, breast fillers, or products to fill spaces between muscles) are dangerous and should be avoided.
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Filling in Wrinkles Safely

Tue, 2017-11-14 05:00
In the quest for youthful looks, both men and women are seeking treatments to minimize laugh lines and other wrinkles. Learn about a popular treatment that involves injecting dermal fillers into the face, its benefits and risks.
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Making Decisions for Your Health: Getting the Info You Need

Tue, 2017-10-31 06:00
The FDA is working hard to make sure you have the information you need to make informed decisions about your health.
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Black Licorice: Trick or Treat?

Mon, 2017-10-30 18:00
Black licorice is an old fashioned treat that can be harmful if you eat too much. If you're 40 or older, eating 2 ounces of black licorice a day for two weeks could cause an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia).
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Breast Cancer Screening: Thermogram No Substitute for Mammogram

Fri, 2017-10-27 06:30
Thermography should not be used in place of mammography, which is still the most effective tool for detecting breast cancer.
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Mammography: What You Need to Know

Fri, 2017-10-27 05:30
Mammograms are still the best tool for breast cancer screening. As we observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, learn how FDA certifies facilities that perform mammography, and clears and approves mammography devices, to help keep you safe.
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Where and How to Dispose of Unused Medicines

Wed, 2017-10-25 06:00
Is your medicine cabinet full of expired drugs or medications you no longer use? Here's how to dispose of your expired, unwanted, or unused medicines.
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Biosimilars: More Treatment Choices and Innovation

Mon, 2017-10-23 07:00
The medical marketplace keeps growing as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to approve more biosimilar products. Biosimilars can provide more treatment options to patients, potentially lowering costs and increasing access to lifesaving medications.
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Halloween Safety: Costumes, Candy, and Colored Contact Lenses

Fri, 2017-10-20 06:00
Enjoy a happy and safe Halloween by following these guidelines from FDA, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Breast Cancer in Men: Treatments and Genetic Counseling

Tue, 2017-10-17 06:00
Breast cancer in men tends to be diagnosed at an older age and a later stage, but is treated very similarly to breast cancer in women.
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Buying Pet Medicines Online: Ensuring Products are Safe

Wed, 2017-10-11 06:00
If you're purchasing medications for your pet online to save money or for convenience, there are Internet sites that represent legitimate pharmacies. But the FDA has found that there are others that sell unapproved pet drugs and counterfeit pet products, make fraudulent claims, dispense prescription drugs without requiring a prescription, and sell expired drugs. Any of these practices could mean that the products you are buying could be unsafe or ineffective for your pet.
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