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HYDRATION IS VITAL, SURE - but here's why overdoing it is risky

Appeared in DIVER May 2018
'Drowning from the inside' is not a fate any scuba-diver would wish to contemplate, but IPO could strike more often than we realise, says BOB COLE


Appeared in DIVER May 2018
It's the start of the UK diving season, so the question is particularly important. For divers 'at work' the health and fitness requirements seem quite demanding - is too much expected of them? And should similar standards be applied to all divers? MARK POWELL takes to the water to find out

Diving with diabetes

Appeared in DIVER February 2018
Diabetes is increasingly common these days, but how does the condition affect divers? CHRISTIAN PELLEGRINI explains the guidelines and runs through the latest research.

Barotrauma in Bonaire

Appeared in DIVER December 2017
Tell-tale signs during a training course could have given a diver a vital clue, but they were missed. A year later his symptoms were back with a vengeance. So what is a bleb, anyway? Lana Sorrell explains all

5 tips to avoid dive-boat accidents

Appeared in DIVER September 2017
Divers love their boat-diving but, unfortunately, dive-boats can be injury-prone places

Baby Diver

Appeared in DIVER September 2017
Father-to-be HENLEY SPIERS decided that he needed a better understanding of diving and pregnancy

You should get that examined

Appeared in DIVER August 2017
We all know that a blue-ringed octopus like this one can inflict serious injury, but what about other octopuses? PAYAL RAZDAN offers a thought-provoking case history...

What's happening to my hearing?

Appeared in DIVER June 2017
Sudden hearing loss is not restricted to divers, but pressure changes can sometimes cause long-term ear problems.

Don't touch the Crown-of-Thorns

Appeared in DIVER May 2017
Never underestimate the damage the starfish Acanthaster planci can inflict on a diver. If you do touch one, go to hospital right away.

Entangled in kelp by night

Appeared in DIVER April 2017
We bring you two more case-histories from DAN's files - concerning fatal entanglement and minding your fingers!

Good Fortune After Bad

Appeared in DIVER December 2016
What happens when a diver experiences DCI symptoms somewhere as remote as Socorro? You'd better hope for a lucky combination of factors, says James M Chimiak

UNEXPECTED Air-pockets

Appeared in DIVER November 2016
The diver, a 40-year-old male with more than 1500 lifetime dives, had no known medical conditions and reported a healthy lifestyle. In the months before this incident, he had had multiple root canals and other major dental work done.
He made several decompression dives on a rebreather using a scooter without any problems in the week preceding the incident.

Viagra: Curse or blessing for divers?

Appeared in DIVER September 2016
Divers in their 40s, 50s, and 60s who take medication for erectile function need to be aware that if they do so before diving, it's very likely to increase the risk of decompression illness. When taken after diving, on the other hand, the drug may be a remedy...

Listen to your ears

Appeared in DIVER September 2016
Many would-be divers are put off by ear pain; others persist but have recurring difficulties, and many qualified divers encounter at least intermittent problems. Understanding how our ears work and how to keep them working properly is key to diving comfort and safety, says DR MIKE FOLLOWS

Fit for a liveaboard

Appeared in DIVER April 2014
If you're healthy in body and mind you'll get more from a week's intense liveaboard diving - allow RICHARD ASPINALL to step in as your personal trainer

Is your u/w vision 20/20

Appeared in DIVER December 2013
Mantis shrimps have magnificent eyesight - sadly, many of us do not. Yet sight is our most vital sense under water, and poor vision raises anxiety and compromises safety. It isn't great for wildlife-spotting, either. Prompted by his own quest for better underwater vision, DR MIKE FOLLOWS outlines the pros and cons of available solutions

The heart of the matter

Appeared in DIVER March 2012
I've had a heart attack , can I dive? It's a query Dr Ian Sibley-Calder has heard many times , so how does he answer it

Think twice before breathing off a bag

Appeared in DIVER November 2010
It was a cruel stroke of fate that abruptly ended Mike Firth's underwater adventures, but this UK diver is keen that his misfortune should serve as a warning to anyone tempted to skimp on kit hygiene. STEVE WEINMAN reports

Dead man walking

Appeared in DIVER March 2009
After a serious decompression hit, Steve Kitson was supposed to be dead or at least paralysed for life, but nobody told him that. Gavin Parsons reports

All you need to know about ears

Appeared in DIVER June 2007
Over and over again, readers contact DIVERS Medical Q&A column about ear problems.  Dr Ian Sibley-Calder has been listening, and now he has pulled together the answers to all those frequently asked questions

Diving with asthma

Appeared in DIVER April 2007
Up to a fifth of the population suffers from asthma, yet in the UK at least the medical profession takes a more tolerant attitude towards diving with the condition than it once did. Is th...

Pressure's on at Stoney Cove

Appeared in DIVER December 2006
Its the DIVER Fitness Challenge - yes, an article about health in the Christmas issue! As ever, we dare to be different. We want you to enjoy your festive season to the hilt but be well-p...

First-Aid kit for divers

Appeared in DIVER January 2006
With 15 years experience as a travelling diver and pharmacist, Anne-Marie Kitchen-Wheeler knows more than most about the precautions that can save a dive trip threatened by ill-health or ...

Divers anticipate the way forward for migraine treatment

A study of divers who have had PFOs (hole in the heart) fixed after suffering from decompression sickness, will investigate whether the surgical procedure to close the defect can also ben...

HSE warns against octopuses on cheap first stages

Test results confirming that octopus rigs can lead to breathing difficulties under certain circumstances have been published by the Health & Safety Executive.

Diving Physiology in Plain English by Jolie Bookspan PhD.

Diving Physiology in Plain English by Jolie Bookspan PhD.

Q A Medical April 2009

Diving with lung condition

Q A Medical October 2008

Appeared in DIVER October 2008
Diving depths with new disc

Q A: Medical May 2008

Appeared in DIVER May 2008
Outlook for anxious and depressed

Q&A: Medical February 2008

Appeared in DIVER February 2008
Coping with hiatus hernia

Q&A Medical 11/06

Appeared in DIVER November 2006

Q&A Medical 08/07

Appeared in DIVER August 2007

Q & A Medical 07/06

Appeared in DIVER July 2006

Q&A Medical 04/06

Appeared in DIVER April 2006

Does diving damage your health

 DIVING DOC by Peter Wilmshurst

The one in 10,000 - your right to know


Why you shouldn't swallow your air

DIVING DOC by Peter Wilmshurst

Organisms that go along for the ride


Computers are good but they're not god


Their lives in the wrong hands

Peter Wilmshurst The Diving Doc