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Butterflyfish ‘May Face Extinction’

The Chevroned Butterflyfish may be at risk of extinction, scientists have warned. The case of the Chevroned Butterflyfish is a stark example of how...

Laser spots decompression sickness

Decompression sickness, it not treated quickly, can cause lasting damage and may even be fatal. Instead of waiting for symptoms to appear, a University...

Researchers pronounce diving with asthma "safe"

SCUBA diving has grown in popularity, with millions of divers enjoying the sport worldwide. However, people with asthma are generally advised not to dive....

New Scale Developed to Diagnose Decompression Sickness

Researchers at the Hyperbaric Medicine Department, San Diego, have developed a three-point scale to diagnose decompression sickness. There are currently no universally accepted...

Decompression sickness causes lasting poor health

Poor health in former North Sea divers is associated with decompression sickness, according to a new report.A team from Haukeland University Hospital in Norway...

Diving Several Times a Day Damages the Ear

Diving several times a day during a week's diving causes damage to the structures of the ear, Brazilian research suggests.Due to the condition known...

Breath-Hold Divers Get Decompression Sickness Too

Decompression sickness, or the bends, is caused by nitrogen bubbles forming in the body. As the pressure reduces during ascent, the volume of...

Nitric Oxide Reduces Bubble Formation in Divers

Prevention of bubble formation is a central goal in standard decompression procedures. According to research published in the FASEB Journal, nitric oxide reduces bubble...

To Exercise or Not to Excercise After a Dive?

Current thinking is that strenuous exercise after diving increases the risk of decompression sickness.Decompression sickness is caused by nitrogen being released from the blood...

Ageing Increases Risk from Decompression Sickness

The effect of aging on risk for development of decompression illness in SCUBA divers has often been reported as an incidental finding in epidemiological...