Daily folic acid supplement may reduce risk of gestational diabetes

Washington, DC - Taking a folic acid supplement daily before pregnancy may reduce the risk of gestational, or pregnancy-related, diabetes, according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and other institutions. The findings appear in Diabetes Care.

FDA approves new oral treatment for multiple sclerosis

Washington, DC - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Friday approved Mavenclad (cladribine) tablets to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) in adults, to include relapsing-remitting disease and active secondary progressive disease.

Data demonstrating rising youth use of tobacco products

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released additional data from our joint FDA/CDC 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey.

Flu Widespread Across U.S.; May Get Worse this Month

Washington, DC - Influenza is now widespread in 48 states and Puerto Rico, according to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the situation is likely to get worse over the next few weeks. The American Red Cross urges everyone six months of age and older to get their flu vaccine to be protected and has steps you can take to help keep the flu from spreading.

Strengthening regulation of dietary supplements

Washington, DC - The use of dietary supplements, such as vitamins, minerals or herbs, has become a routine part of the American lifestyle. Three out of every four American consumers take a dietary supplement on a regular basis. For older Americans, the rate rises to four in five. And one in three children take supplements, either given to them by their parents or, commonly in teens, taking them on their own.