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2008-07-19 00:00:20

A police computer expert has been giving evidence at the trial of four men alleged to have been involved in a conspiracy to defraud the NHS. DC David Hodge told Plymouth Crown Court a PC and laptop computer were seized by police investigating an alleged fraud by Fort Hyperbaric, a company based at Fort Bovisand, Plymouth. He said information was copied from the computers' hard drives onto discs for him to analyse. This was better than working with the original hard-drives, he said,...

2008-06-20 09:00:57

Synthetic Blood International, Inc. (OTCBB:SYBD) today announced that grants awarded by the Department of Defense to study clinical applications for Oxycyte(R) total more than $5.3 million. Oxycyte is the company's perfluorocarbon (PFC) therapeutic oxygen carrier. The grants, which have been previously announced, are summarized below: -- Virginia Commonwealth University Reanimation Engineering Shock Center (VCURES) received $1.3 million under a previously awarded U.S. Office of...

2008-05-01 16:50:04

The Allied airmen and women of World War II were certainly brave and skilled in battle, but even they couldn't win the war on their own. Plagued in the early, low-tech years of the war by dangerous afflictions such as altitude and decompression sickness, pilots got some help behind the front lines from a team of American physiologists who studied the effects on the body of flying. Their research, which involved at least one parachuting dog, and the technology it initiated...

2007-11-13 06:00:17

By Poff, D J Wong, R; Bulsara, M Poff DJ, Wong R, Bulsara M. Acute decompression illness and serum s100beta levels: A prospective observational pilot study. Undersea Hyperb Med 2007; 34(5):359-367. Background: S100beta, a calcium binding protein associated with astroglial cells and other tissues has been shown to be raised in the serum of patients with a number of neurological pathologies. As there are no published data on serum S100beta determinations in recreational divers affected by...

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2004-12-23 19:00:25

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sperm whales routinely dive more than two miles below the ocean surface to hunt for giant squid, but a study shows the huge mammals suffer a chronic loss of bone tissue from the bends, a painful condition well-known to human divers. It has long been believed that sperm whales and other deep-diving mammals are immune from decompression illness, or the bends, which human divers encounter when they surface too rapidly and force nitrogen bubbles into their blood and tissues....


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