Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
23 March 2012 08:28
A study found that ibuprofen could ease the symptoms of altitude sickness
medical travel insurance will no doubt provide invaluable peace of mind for travellers who have a pre-existing medical condition such as a history of altitude sickness.
New research shows that these people may also benefit from taking ibuprofen if they're planning a holiday somewhere that has lots of high places.
A study by US scientists found that the drug, commonly taken to relieve pain and inflammation, reduces the risk of altitude sickness, symptoms of which include headache, fatigue, dizziness, nausea and vomiting. The condition is potentially fatal, if left untreated, due to dangerous water retention in the brain.
The research analysed 58 men and 28 women who hiked to an altitude of 12,570 feet in the White Mountains of California. Some 43% of those who took three doses of ibuprofen during their hike reported symptoms of altitude sickness compared with 69% of those who were treated with a non-active dummy drug.
The study, published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, also found that people who were given ibuprofen reported generally less severe symptoms of altitude sickness, which is also known as "acute mountain sickness" (AMS).
Lead scientist, Dr Grant Lipman, from Stanford University, said: "Ibuprofen could be a way to prevent AMS in a significant number of the tens of millions of people who travel to high altitudes each year."
22 March 2017
Mountaineers looking to scale the world's highest peak may need to shell out for a GPS device, according to Nepal's tourism chief.
21 March 2017
The effects of being in skyscrapers, at concerts or even walking on wobbly bridges could help scientists understand the experiences of dementia sufferers, researchers are claiming.
18 March 2017
A young actor has released pictures of a lump on her throat that turned out to be thyroid cancer, with hopes the image will raise awareness and alert others who may be suffering from the disease.
17 March 2017
A "promising treatment" for aggressive blood cancer needs more evidence of its effectiveness before NHS doctors will be able to prescribe, a watchdog is warning.
16 March 2017
Millions of Brits are opting for coach holidays over jet-setting and cruises, new research indicates.
15 March 2017
Thousands of flights to and from America's north east have been cancelled in preparation for a "life-threatening" storm poised to hit the country.
14 March 2017
Seniors who experience weight loss should not put it down to the normal ageing process, experts are warning.
11 March 2017
Gatwick Airport is insisting it is still a "credible and deliverable" expansion option, as the airport experienced its busiest ever February.
08 March 2017
Strikes by French air traffic controllers (ATCs) are leading to delays and cancellations across the UK.
10 March 2017
Waiting times for kidney transplant patients have fallen significantly, health officials have said.
09 March 2017
A Dutch snowboarder has been fatally injured in the second avalanche to hit the French Alps in 24 hours.
07 March 2017
The risk of developing a deadly form of breast cancer can be cut by 40% by following a Mediterranean diet, new research has found.