Next in your medical museum at home is ginger. While ginger products like tea, candies and ginger ale are a time-honored home remedy for nausea, at times people need something stronger. In the 1950s, doctors in many parts of the world prescribed the drug thalidomide for nausea, especially for pregnant women. It was not prescribed in the United States because Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey at the FDA believed the evidence that it was safe was not conclusive. It would later become clear that while an important treatment for a couple of rare diseases, thalidomide is not safe for morning sickness, and can cause fatal or dramatically life-altering birth defects. On this day in 1962, Kelsey was awarded the U.S. President's Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service for her decision.