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. 23, No. 6, July-August

Foul Flying Subs
Foul Flying Subs Tained submarine sandwiches took the fun out of flying for many travelers on Northwest Airlines flights late last year. The trouble first came to light when 21 members of the Minnesota Vikings football team suffered cramps, fever,...
In Day-Care Centers, Cleanliness Is a Must
In Day-Care Centers, Cleanliness Is a Must Day-care centers have become a way of life in America. More than half of all mothers of children too young to care for themselves hold jobs outside the home. For them--indeed for millions of American families--day-care...
Mumps Makes a Comeback
MUMPS MAKES A COMEBACK It was the second week of October 1987. The Chicago futures exchange was a hive of hyperactivity, so crowded and noisy that the traders had to shout out their buy and sell orders right into each other's faces. By Oct. 19,...
Pain; What Can Be Done When the Pain Won't Go Away
PAIN WHAT CAN BE DONE WHEN THE PAIN WON'T GO AWAY "OUCH!" Smash a finger while hammering and your body responds with a jolt of pain that overpowers your other senses and commands: "Stop, you've injured your finger!" Reacting to the sudden pang...
The Cyanide Scare; a Tale of Two Grapes
THE CYANIDESCARE A Tale of Two Grapes March 1989 marked the most intensive food safety investigation in Food and Drug Administration history. Millions of tons of fruit became suspect when a terrorist, 6,000 miles away, apparently made good on a phone...
The Puzzling Picture of Multiple Sclerosis
THE PUZZLING PICTURE OF MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS Neal Schmidtke of Waukesha, Wis., used to keep in shape by bounding up stairs two at a time and running to his appointments. But in January of 1987, when he was 31, Schmidtke started tiring quickly and feeling...
Three Jailed for Selling Drug That Killed 38 Babies
Three Jailed for Selling Drug That Killed 38 Babies Mr. and Mrs. Harris have mixed emotions. Mrs. Harris just gave birth to a boy, three months prematurely. And, while the couple is overjoyed at having a baby, they are sick with worry about the...
Top 10 Laboratory Tests: Blood Will Tell
TOP 10 LABORATORY TESTS: The heart flutters, the palms moisten, and the patient looks away as the nurse draws blood from a vein. Another medical test. Is it really necessary? With today's seemingly endless rise in health-care costs, insurance...