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Traumatic Brain Injury: FDA Actions and Research

Wed, 2018-02-14 16:00
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 the FDA's related research and regulatory activities.
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How to Buy Medicines Safely From an Online Pharmacy

Thu, 2018-01-25 06:00
How can you tell if an online pharmacy is operating legally? The FDA's BeSafeRx web page can help you identify and avoid rogue online pharmacies. The FDA has tips for buying medicines online safely.
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Is My Dog or Cat a Healthy Weight? Important Questions to Ask the Vet

Thu, 2018-01-11 10:00
Just as obesity has become a serious problem in people, it's also a growing problem in pets, one that can seriously harm your pet's health.
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It's Not Too Late to Get Your Flu Shot

Wed, 2018-01-10 06:00
Think it's too late to get a flu shot? Not so. Find out why.
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Adding Folic Acid to Corn Masa Flour May Prevent Birth Defects

Tue, 2018-01-09 11:30
When consumed by women before and during pregnancy, folic acid, a B vitamin, may help prevent neural tube defects (NTDs).
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Dose Matters: FDA's Guidance on Children's X-rays

Mon, 2018-01-08 15:53
FDA is committed to protecting the health of children by helping lower their exposure to radiation from X-ray exams.
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4 Tips to Quit Smoking

Fri, 2018-01-05 06:00
Will 2018 be the year you decide you want to quit smoking? Nearly 70 percent of current adult smokers say they want to quit. Check out this story for tips, including info about FDA-approved products and resources that can help.
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What Is Gene Therapy? How Does It Work?

Tue, 2017-12-19 06:00
Gene therapy is the process of replacing defective genes with healthy ones, adding new genes to help the body fight or treat disease, or deactivating problem genes. It holds the promise to transform medicine and create options for patients who are living with difficult, and even incurable, diseases. Learn how this innovative therapy works.
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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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