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As scientists learn more about psoriasis, more therapeutic options are becoming available for patients with this skin disease. Understanding how psoriasis develops enables them to target different steps in the disease pathway to broaden the types of treatments available.

4 Tips for a Healthy and Stress-Free Lunchbox
Whether your child is an athlete who needs extra calories for that after-school game, or a teenager trying to maintain a healthy weight, here are four tips for making a nutritious lunch.

WANTED: Consumers to Report Problems
Had an issue with a medicine, medical device, or food product and did not know who to notify? FDA's MedWatch is here to help.

Can a Dietary Supplement Treat a Concussion? No!
Some companies are marketing untested, unproven, and possibly dangerous products that claim to prevent, treat, or cure concussions and other traumatic brain injuries.

FDA's MedWatch Safety Alerts: July 2014
FDA warns consumers to avoid a weight loss supplement that contains undeclared drug ingredients; lack of sterility and particles in an anesthetic.

Allergies to a Legume Called Lupin: What You Need to Know
What is lupin, and why should you care: The answers to these two questions could have an important impact on your health.

Inks Used in Certain Tattoo Kits Cause Infections
Contaminated tattoo ink can cause potentially serious infections. After investigating a multi-state outbreak, FDA offers strategies for controlling your risk.

Mom, Can I Get Contact Lenses, Please?
Kids can benefit from wearing contacts, but these lenses can cause serious eye injuries if not used and treated properly. There are issues parents should consider and, if the decision is to go with contacts, specific hygiene and safety advice to follow.

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Filling in Wrinkles Safely
In the quest for youthful looks, both men and women are seeking treatments to minimize laugh lines and other wrinkles. Learn about a popular treatment that involves injecting dermal fillers into the face, its benefits and risks.

'Gluten-Free' Now Means What It Says
In August 2013, the Food and Drug Administration issued a final rule that defined what characteristics a food must have to bear a label that says "gluten-free." After a year, companies must now comply with the rule.

Nutrition Basics Help Fight Child Obesity
As the school year gets underway, parents and teachers are focused on reducing child obesity. FDA nutrition expert Shirley Blakely, a registered dietitian, says using the Nutrition Facts and list of ingredient on prepared foods are the keys to healthy eating.

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.

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.