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by DAN Medical Team on September 7th, 2017

​I have a student who has a neurostimulator for back pain. What exactly is a neurostimulator, and are there any implications for diving?


by DAN Medical Team on September 7th, 2017

​I'm going to see an oral surgeon next week for dental implants; will I ever be able to dive again?


by DAN Medical Team on August 25th, 2017

Researches have recently uncovered facts regarding the relationship of exercise with diving. Dr De Kock explains this controversial subject in details.


by Dr Rob Schneider on August 25th, 2017

Dr Schneider dives into the particulars of lung squeeze – a largely misunderstood and unknown diving condition affecting breath-hold divers.

​“Lung squeeze” is a condition that is practically unique to breath-hold diving. Scuba divers are not really aware of it and, sadly, most doctors have never heard of it, let alone learnt to treat it. There are many urban legends about this rather poorly defined and largely misunderstood phenomenon. So, let us dive into the topic and hopefully avoid getting a brain squeeze in the process! 


by By Dr Imraan Khallil on August 25th, 2017

​Although HIV-positive divers can enjoy the sport, there are potential risks and considerations to take into account.
 
Human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) is a global pandemic with the highest incidence in Africa. As of 2012, approximately
35.3 million people have HIV worldwide with the number of new infections for that year being about 2.3 million. In South Africa, the estimated overall HIV prevalence rate is approximately 10%. The total number of people living with HIV has been estimated at approximately 5.26 million in 2013.

The disease is caused by HIV. There are two distinct types of the HIV disease – HIV-1 and HIV-2. Initially, the HIV-1 epidemic was most prevalent among homosexual populations and intravenous drug abusers. The HIV-2 epidemic originated and remains concentrated in West Africa, but has spread beyond its borders following the emigration of HIV-2 afflicted locals and tourists who have had sexual contact with infected West Africans.