FDA Consumer

A magazine of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Contains in-depth information on how to get healthy and stay health. Also offers information on current FDA activities such as food, drugs, animal drugs and food, cosmetics, and medical devices.

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 3, April

Beyond Measles and Chickenpox: Other Childhood Diseases Cause Rashes
Measles and chickenpox are pretty much household words. Other contagious rash diseases of childhood--fifth disease, roseola, scarlet fever, and impetigo--may not have the same amount of name recognition, but lack of fame doesn't mean that they don't...
Drug Firm Agrees to Correct Naprosyn False Advertising
All good advertisements pitch their products in the best possible light. But when it comes to advertising drugs, FDA won't allow those ads to be colored with deception. FDA made that point clear recently in an investigation of Syntex Laboratories...
Good News about Good Nutrition
you've heard it all before. For as long as you can remember, your parents, your teachers, perhaps even your doctor, have been telling you to eat your vegetables, limit sweets, drink your milk. Now, in your teen years, this advice takes on new meaning...
NAS Says Most Seafood Safe
Most seafood is safe to eat, according to a 1991 report by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). In its February issue, Consumer Reports magazine, published by Consumers Union, had claimed that poor sanitation practices at the retail level and environmental...
Not Only Sugar Is Sweet
Plain table sugar and its numerous taste-alikes may be one of our most popular food commodities. People come by their love for sweetness naturally. According to the experts, humans are born generally preferring sweet over bitter or sour tastes. ...
Panel Recommends Restricting Silicone Breast Implants
Citing continuing safety concerns, an FDA panel of outside experts recommended on Feb. 20 that silicone gelfilled breast implants be available only to women participating in clinical studies designed to answer questions about the risk of the implants....
Panic Disorder: The Heart That Goes Thump in the Night - and Day
Every night for five years, Sherry Menter would postpone sleep as long as she could. When it beckoned, she would clean the house, sew, read, bake cookies--do anything to avoid the terror she had come to expect once she drifted off. But eventually,...
Preterm Babies Get a Double Breath of Life
When Benjamin McClatchey was born almost three months premature on July 27, 1990, he weighed only 2 pounds, 13 ounces, and his underdeveloped lungs struggled for every breath. Benjamin's parents, Steve and Trillis McClatchey of Lafeyette, Ind.,...
Prostate Problems Plague Older Men
By current estimates, somewhat more than half of all American men over 50 have symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate gland. A frequent, even urgent, need to urinate, getting up in the night to urinate, a sense of fullness after urination--signs...
Vaginal Pouch Gets Advisory Panel Nod
FDA's Obstetrics and Gynecology Devices Advisory Panel recommended conditional approval of a vaginal pouch designed to protect women against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) as well as pregnancy. The reality vaginal pouch, sometimes called a...