Study: Decompression Sickness May be Caused by Faulty Immune Response

[By Anne Sliper Midling]

It is infinitely beautiful below the ocean’s surface. So beautiful that every year some divers are tempted to go a little too deep and stay there a little too long.

Decompression sickness (DCS) has been a known condition for more than a century. The disease – sometimes referred to as the bends – occurs when a diver returns to the surface too fast.

Gas bubbles form in the blood and tissues due to decreasing water pressure in the ascent. Some divers become paralyzed for...

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