People are talking about: The week in health news

Published on Saturday, 30 November 2013 19:54 - Written by From Staff Reports

Sushi linked to increased risk of heart disease. Researchers at Rutgers University say that people who regularly eat sushi are at risk of cardiovascular disease. A report states that the fish, particularly large tuna, has high levels of mercury, which can heart disease. High levels of methylmercury also can cause nervous system problems. Eel, crab and salmon are among the fish with lower levels of methylmercury.

Morning-after pill not effective in overweight women. An emergency contraception manufactured in Europe will have a new label next year because it becomes ineffective in women who exceed a certain weight. It begins losing effectiveness past 165 pounds and effectiveness is absent in women who weigh more than 176 pounds. The drugs in Norlevo are identical to those in the generic forms of Plan B, which his manufactured in the U.S.

The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing this information to see whether the drugs here would need to be relabeled. According to law, a generic drug cannot change its labeling until the brand name drug is changed.