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SICKNESS. By sickness is understood any affection of the body which deprives it temporarily of the power to fulfill its usual functions.
     2. Sickness is either such as affects the body generally, or only some parts of it. Of the former class, a fever is an example; of the latter, blindness. When a process has been issued against an individual for his arrest, the sheriff or other officer is authorized, after he has arrested him, if he be so dangerously sick, that to remove him would endanger his life or health, to let him remain where he found him, and to return the facts at large, or simply languidus. (q.v.)

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Decompression Sickness. Decompression sickness may result from medical-, altitude-, aerospace-, and free-diving-related activities [48]; however SCUBA-diving is the most common cause.
* Decompression Sickness = Decompression sickness (DCS; also known as divers' disease, the bends or caisson disease) describes a condition arising from dissolved gases coming out of solution into bubbles inside the body on depressurization
Some of the lesser injuries were trauma (5%) and decompression sickness (2.5%).
also estimated that about half incur some degree of decompression sickness.
"One major hazard is decompression sickness, which occurs when too much nitrogen enters the body.
In November 2003, 40-year-old Panamanian civilian Jose Hernandez experienced decompression sickness, commonly known as the "bends." while diving 350 miles off the coast of Costa Rica.
Avoid air travel within 12-24 hours of scuba diving as it can cause decompression sickness (where tiny air bubbles form in the blood and body tissues causing illness).
The bends, also known as gas bubble disease or decompression sickness, occurs when divers, aviators, or astronauts move too quickly from higher to lower atmospheric pressures.
According to her suit, Marlatt suffered decompression sickness and an embolus caused by an uncontrollable rate of ascent.
The chambers are used to treat 13 clinical afflictions, including carbon monoxide poisoning, decompression sickness, crash injuries, radiation and soft tissue damage.
One of the most widely recognized risks is decompression sickness, sometimes referred to as "the bends." During a dive, the increased pressure causes nitrogen from the air a diver breathes to dissolve into his or her body tissues.
"Mr Watson had severe stomach pains and other signs of decompression sickness.