Consumer Health Updates

Consumer Health Updates

  1. What to Know About Breast Implants

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates breast implants as medical devices. Learn about the risks of these products, and consider this advice.
  2. Helpful Questions and Answers about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Your Pets

    During the coronavirus pandemic, you’ve learned a lot about keeping your family safe. If your family includes pets, you want to keep them safe, too. FDA offers some helpful questions and answers about keeping your pets safe during the pandemic.
  3. ‘Gluten-Free’ Means What It Says

    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.
  4. What Is Gene Therapy? How Does It Work?

    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.
  5. Food

    Timely articles and multimedia content about food and food-safety.
  6. La adición de ácido fólico a la harina de maíz puede prevenir ciertos defectos de nacimiento

    Cuando las mujeres consumen ácido fólico —un tipo de vitamina B – antes y durante el embarazo, éste puede ayudar a prevenir los defectos del tubo neural (DTN). Una medida tomada recientemente por la FDA ha facilitado esta acción para las mujeres hispanas.
  7. Mammography: What You Need to Know

    Mammograms are still the best tool for breast cancer screening. Learn how the FDA certifies facilities that perform mammography, and clears and approve mammography devices to help keep you safe.
  8. Breast Cancer Screening: Thermogram No Substitute for Mammogram

    Thermography should not be used in place of mammography, which is still the most effective tool for detecting breast cancer.
  9. Beware of Fraudulent Coronavirus Tests, Vaccines and Treatments

    Fraudulent products that claim to cure, treat, or prevent COVID-19 haven’t been evaluated by the FDA for safety and effectiveness and might be dangerous to you and your family.
  10. Adding Folic Acid to Corn Masa Flour May Prevent Birth Defects

    When consumed by women before and during pregnancy, folic acid, a B vitamin, may help prevent neural tube defects (NTDs).