Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 3:57 pm
Aspirin helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, but the jury's still out on cancer.
Regular aspirin use might reduce the risk of cancer by as much as 38 percent, according to a big new review of research on the issue. But "might" is the key word here, other scientists say. And even if it works, that benefit comes with costs, including an increased risk of ulcers and internal bleeding.
Originally published on Fri March 23, 2012 7:17 am
If hiking in the High Sierra gives you a headache, ibuprofen could help.
Credit Miguel Vieira / Flickr
If you're the type who likes to hike, ski or climb mountains, you might want to pack a bottle of ibuprofen — not just for achy muscle aches, but to help prevent altitude sickness.
Tens of millions of people travel to high-altitude spots each year, and a quarter of them wind up with acute altitude sickness from ascending too fast. The headaches, dizziness, sleeplessness, nausea, vomiting and other symptoms can ruin a vacation. In severe cases, it can cause fatal swelling in the brain.