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Recognize Tobacco in its Many Forms
Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and death in the United States, but can you recognize a tobacco product? Learn more about the array of new tobacco products on the market, many of which look very different from the traditional products you may know about.

Adult Stem Cell Research Shows Promise
FDA scientists are working on an unprecedented project. They are studying adult mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), which are cells that can turn into a variety of cell types and tissues including those that form fat, cartilage and bone. MSC-based products have the potential to be used for cellular repair, restoration, replacement and regeneration if approved by FDA.

FDA Gives Latinas Tools to Fight Diabetes
Nearly 1 million Latinas aren’t aware they are at risk of diabetes or prediabetes. To address the nation’s diabetes epidemic, FDA has created many resources to help Latinas and all Americans prevent and manage their diabetes.

What Kind of Fish Is That?
Using some of the technology used in mapping the human genome, FDA scientists are working to create DNA barcodes for fish. The high-tech effort is aimed to preventing fraud, including the substitution of a cheap fish for an expensive one, and preventing illness.

Hemophilia Treatments Have Come a Long Way
Patients have many choices when it comes to hemophilia medications. FDA’s regulation of the biologic products used as treatments ensures they are safe and effective.

FDA Broadens Its Vocabulary
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to ensure that all Americans, including those with limited English abilities, get important health information. That’s why FDA developed its Language Access Plan – to reach people with limited English proficiency in a language and manner they understand.

Keep Lilies Away From Your Cats
Many people have Easter lilies in their home this time of year, but this could be dangerous if they have a cat. FDA warns that cats can suffer acute kidney damage and even die after eating even a small part of a lily.

FDA's MedWatch Safety Alerts: March 2014
FDA warns consumers about undeclared drugs found in pain relief pills, mistakenly low results from a blood glucose meter and a weight loss product that was recalled because of tampering.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatments Aren't One-Size-Fits-All
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is an often misunderstood and underdiagnosed condition that affects about 15.3 million people in the United States. No one remedy works for all patients, so the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working to bring more treatments to the market.

FDA Partners With Veterinary Labs to Help Animals
FDA has formed a web of veterinary labs to assist one another in detecting potentially harmful substances in animal foods and tissues.

Fighting Diabetes' Deadly Impact on Minorities
The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working on several fronts to help ethnic and racial minority groups stay healthy and, when appropriate, is helping to raise awareness of available treatments for diabetes.

FDA Historians Share Lessons From Agency's Past
Description: FDA historians Suzanne Junod and John P. Swann explain the History Office's mission and describe the variety of services that it offers consumers, scholars and organizations outside the agency. Timed to the 46th anniversary of the office's start this March.

Five Tips for a Safer Spring Break
As college women travel domestically and abroad for spring break, FDA's Office of Women's Health (OWH) reveals timely health tips for this population. We also include brief information about the office's college campaign.

Consumer Update Analytics
This page contains the most recent Consumer Update data available and links to past Consumer Update Analytics web pages.

FDA's MedWatch Safety Alerts: February 2014
FDA warns consumers about an undeclared drug found in a weight loss pill, a glass particle found in a solution used most often to loosen mucous, a subpotent drug to treat a genetic disorder in children and more.

FDA Speeds Innovation in Rare Disease Therapies
The Food and Drug Administration Office of Orphan Products Development is launching web-based educational resources for patients and industry on rare disease topics. The page debuts on International Rare Disease Day Feb. 28; topics include how to interact with FDA.

Proposed Nutrition Facts Label Changes Are Based on Science and Research
The changes proposed to the Nutrition Facts Label are based on advances in nutrition science, the latest consensus reports from public health agencies, and the most recent public health and nutrition surveys.

Food Serving Sizes Getting a Reality Check
As part of its proposed update of the Nutrition Facts Label, FDA is proposing changes to some food serving size and package labeling requirements to be more in line with what Americans are actually eating.

Nutrition Facts Label: Proposed Changes Aim to Better Inform Food Choices
FDA proposes bringing the Nutrition Facts Label--which has become one of the most recognized graphics in the world--up to date with changes to its design and content. Proposed updates include the addition of added sugars and changes to some serving size requirements.

Devices in Public Places Restart Hearts
Knowing how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) can mean the difference between life and death. Learn how these devices, found in many public places, work. Find out how knowing how to use one may help save someone’s life.