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Dinosaurs Got The Bends From Prolonged Diving
2012-08-20 10:59:45

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Dinosaur-like creatures may have injured themselves during leisurely deep-sea diving trips and not from ascending too quickly as previously thought Bone deformities on the fossilized remains of Ichthyosarians, which were giant dolphin-like reptiles that first emerged approximately 245 million years ago, were identified in a recent study. The lesions were like those that human divers get as a result of changes in body pressure,...

Image 1 - How Do Diving Marine Mammals Manage Decompression?
2011-12-23 05:17:25

Any diver returning from ocean depths knows about the hazard of decompression sickness (DCS) or "the bends." As the diver ascends and the ocean pressure decreases, gases that were absorbed by the body during the dive, come out of solution and, if the ascent is too rapid, can cause bubbles to form in the body. DCS causes many symptoms, and its effects may vary from joint pain and rashes to paralysis and death. But how do marine mammals, whose very survival depends on regular diving, manage...

2011-12-10 08:00:00

Rehabmart.com, an online e-commerce company that sells rehabilitation and medical supplies, recently teamed up with OxyHealth, a medical industry leader in hyperbaric chamber therapy, to help make this life-saving treatment available to consumers in their homes, offices and even while they are traveling. Hyperbaric therapy, which has been widely used since the 1930s to help cure decompression sickness in deep sea divers, is now being recognized as a valuable treatment for other ailments such...

2011-10-19 14:09:05

Scientists know that the blood and tissues of some deceased beaked whales stranded near naval sonar exercises are riddled with bubbles. It is also well know that human divers can suffer from bubbles-induced decompression sickness, also known as the bends. What researchers know comparatively little about is how living marine mammals handle the compression of lung gas as they dive deep and then resurface. Now, in a study published online in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, a team that...

2010-06-23 01:15:21

As you go about your day-to-day activities, tiny bubbles of nitrogen come and go inside your tissues. This is not a problem unless you happen to experience large changes in ambient pressure, such as those encountered by scuba divers and astronauts. During large, fast pressure drops, these bubbles can grow and lead to decompression sickness, popularly known as "the bends." A study in the Journal of Chemical Physics, which is published by the American Institute of Physics (AIP), may provide a...

2010-04-14 06:30:00

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa., April 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Environmental Tectonics Corporation's (OTC Bulletin Board: ETCC) ("ETC" or the "Company") Biomedical Systems Division today announced the sale of a BARA-MED® XD computerized monoplace hyperbaric oxygen chamber to Mercy Medical Center in Canton, OH. Hyperbaric chambers are used in Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), a non-invasive procedure in which the patient breathes 100% oxygen while fully enclosed in a specially...

2010-02-23 06:30:00

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Environmental Tectonics Corporation's (OTC Bulletin Board: ETCC) ("ETC" or the "Company") Biomedical Systems Division today announced the placement of two (2) BARA-MED XD computerized monoplace hyperbaric oxygen chambers at Blue Mountain Health System Hyperbaric and Wound Care Center, Lehighton, PA. Hyperbaric chambers are used in Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), which is a non-invasive procedure where the patient breathes 100% oxygen...

2009-10-20 07:30:00

DURHAM, N.C., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Oxygen Biotherapeutics, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: OXBO) today announced its expanded product development plan. The new clinical development pipeline now encompasses seven indications for the Oxycyte(TM) emulsion: Traumatic Brain Injury, Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Surgical Iatrogenic Air Embolism, Spinal Cord Injury, Organ Preservation, Decompression Sickness, and Sickle Cell Crisis. Oxycyte is the Company's perfluorocarbon (PFC)...

2009-10-13 14:49:00

NASA has signed a patent license agreement with a California company to improve the medical community's access to hyperbaric chambers used to treat many medical conditions and emergencies. OxyHeal Medical Systems Inc. of National City, Calif., will develop new products based on technologies NASA originally developed for space. Hyperbaric chambers create an environment in which the atmospheric pressure of oxygen is increased above normal levels. The high concentrations of oxygen can reduce the...

2009-06-18 08:30:00

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa., June 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Environmental Tectonics Corporation's (OTC Bulletin Board: ETCC) ("ETC" or the "Company") BioMedical Division today announced the sale of an additional BARA-MED(R)XD monoplace hyperbaric oxygen chamber to St. John Wound Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. The state-of-the-art monoplace chamber is among the first computer-controlled hyperbaric chambers to be placed into service in Oklahoma. Hyperbaric chambers are used in Hyperbaric Oxygen...


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