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Personalized Medicine and Companion Diagnostics Go Hand-in-Hand
The recent approval of a genetic test to help doctors prescribe a drug that treats colorectal cancer is just one example of the increasing importance of companion diagnostic tests in personalized medicine to ensure the safety and effectiveness of targeted therapies.

Cord Blood: What You Need to Know
The Food and Drug Administration regulates cord blood, which can be stored for personal use or donated to public cord blood banks. FDA staff explain what consumers should know about regulation and donation.

Faster, Easier Cures for Hepatitis C
Advances in drug treatments approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are giving the 3.2 million Americans with chronic hepatitis C a chance at a longer, healthier life. That's welcome news for baby boomers, a generation that makes up three of four adults with the hepatitis C virus.

FDA Teams Up for Novel Campaign on Risks of Decorative Contact Lenses
The FDA, American Optometric Association and the Entertainment Industries Council are joining forces to launch a campaign for teens and young adults on wearing decorative contact lenses safely. Two videos take clips from American Horror Story to deliver the message.

Juvenile Arthritis: New Discoveries Lead to New Treatments
Juvenile arthritis is one of the most common chronic illnesses affecting children. Learn about new therapies that moderate the effects of the disease.

FDA's MedWatch Safety Alerts: June 2014
FDA warns consumers to avoid topical pain relievers when children are teething; over-the-counter acne treatment that may cause severe hypersensitivity reactions; a weight loss supplement that contains undeclared drugs, and other potential drug-associated hazards.

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

Hurricane Season: Be Prepared
With the start of hurricane season, follow these helpful tips to be prepared when the flooding begins.

Barbecue Basics: Tips to Prevent Foodborne Illness
Outdoor barbecues are a great summer treat, but they also present a food safety challenge. Here are some food safety precautions for eating outdoors.

The Lab for These FDA Scientists Is a Computer Screen
At FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) in Jefferson, Arkansas, computational scientists in the Division of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics collect and analyze massive amounts of data to find the answers to specific health challenges.

FDA’s Advice: Know the Risks of Feeding Raw Foods to Your Pets
That trendy raw pet food might be putting your pet, yourself, or a family member at increased risk of getting sick from foodborne pathogens.

Breast Cancer—Men Get It Too
Breast cancer in men tends to be diagnosed at an older age and a later stage, but is treated very similarly to breast cancer in women.

Do Teething Babies Need Medicine on Their Gums? No
Teething is a normal part of childhood that doesn't need a "cure" with prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medications. FDA warns parents that prescription drugs such as viscous lidocaine are not safe for treating teething in infants or young children, and that they have hurt some children who used those products. There are safer, non-toxic alternatives.

Topical Acne Products Can Cause Dangerous Side Effects
FDA is warning that rare but serious and potentially life-threatening reactions can happen when consumers use certain OTC topical acne products.

Blood Pressure Monitoring Kiosks Aren't for Everyone
Correct cuff size is critical in measuring blood pressure. FDA is advising consumers that the cuffs on blood pressure kiosks in stores, pharmacies, gyms and other locations don't fit everyone and might not be accurate for all users.

Safe Use of Flea and Tick Products in Pets
Pet owners should take certain precautions to use these products safely on their pets.

Some Bee Pollen Weight Loss Products Are a Dangerous Scam
Bee pollen is not a miracle ingredient. It's a gimmick – and a dangerous one for consumers. FDA is warning consumers to stop using Zi Xiu Tang Bee Pollen, which contains potentially harmful pharmaceutical ingredients.

FDA’s MedWatch Safety Alerts: May 2014
FDA warns consumers about undeclared drugs found in weight loss pills, a sleep aid drug that can cause next-day impairment and dietary supplements that contain undeclared drug ingredients.

“My Medicines” ... This Brochure Can be a Lifesaver
"My Medicines" a brochure offered by FDA's Office of Women's Health, can play a vital role in the medical treatment you receive during an emergency.

New Advice: Pregnant Women and Young Children Should Eat More Fish
FDA and EPA are proposing to revise their fish consumption advice for pregnant women, those who might become pregnant, women who breastfeed and young children. For the first time, the agencies are proposing that women in this target group eat a minimum of 8 ounces and up to 12 ounces per week of a variety of fish that are lower in mercury.