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15th March 2012 - FAQ Dive Medicine!
FAQ Dive Medicine - available to purchase at Amazon

Spring is doing its hardest to live up to its name - the daffodils are cautiously unfurling their dazzling yellow petals, the residents of St John's Wood are donning ridiculous sunglasses to sip their frappuccino's outdoors, and I can finally reveal what we at LDC have been beavering away on for the last few months. Much like the aforementioned dam-building semi-aquatic rodent, we've avoided hibernation this winter, and instead constructed our own literary cathedral: the ultimate medical guide to this sport we all love, which we've called FAQ DIVE MEDICINE.

Composed and compiled from our vast archives of medical memorabilia, and wittily edited together by Tanked Up's resident comedian Rob Hunt, it's been a gestation and labour of some devotion. To continue with the somewhat queasy antenatal metaphor, delivery has now taken place and you'll be pleased to hear both parents and offspring are doing well, with multiple identical copies winging their way to depots all over the country pending official release on 31st March. Within its 336 pages of wholesome, aquatic, full-colour goodness you're sure to find tidbits and morsels to ruminate on, chew over, roll thoughtfully around the tastebuds, and eventually swallow, releasing all sorts of diving-based information and anecdotes into your thirsty brains.

Forget tablets from a certain fruit-based computer company; this is THE hot product right now. For those many millions of you who just can't bear the prospect of not owning a copy as soon as possible, you can pre-order on Amazon via the link below.

I look forward to hearing what you all think!

Oli

http://www.amazon.co.uk/FAQ-Dive-Medicine-Oliver-Firth/dp/095534672X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1331568301&sr=1-1

Dr Oliver Firth

 
18th January 2012 - The Blog has Landed!
Doctor Oli aka 'The Thinker'

Greetings all and welcome to the occasional, intermittent and incongruous blog of Dr Oli. I'll be posting as and when I come across anything that might be of interest to our friendly diving brethren. The intention is to edify and amuse in roughly equal amounts, although for a guaranteed dose of the latter, I urge you to visit our fave dive instruct-or's blog.

I hope you all managed to catch BBC2's recent documentary on human physiology at depth, To Boldly Go. If not, guide your restless mouse fingers over to Dr Kevin Fong's very watchable programme on how our species' implacable urge to explore has driven us to overcome our physiological limitations, and descend to quite remarkable depths. It contained some great footage of oxygen toxicity, saturation diving and the effect of 5 atmospheres on a glass of champagne (or was it Prosecco - BBC budget cuts are clearly biting!) Having known Kevin for several years, I was able to forgive his use of the split infinitive in the title, particularly as he managed to explain some quite complex physiological concepts in a clear and entertaining way. Plus he recommended his wedding photographer to me, who did an exceptional job at my recent nuptials. So give the good doc a viewing and allow him to properly demystify the raptures and perils of the deep - see what I did there?

Oli

Dr Oliver Firth
 
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14/02/2012

I read an article on wether it was safe to dive having obstructed sleep apnea. Funny because I was actually looking for information on wether long term diving could actually contribute to the disorder ? I was a working diver for 9 years with the us navy UCT. I have always been healthy(not fat) Never snored nor does it run In my large family.5 years in and I snored to the point that I clear a room at night. Never. Thought much of it,allot of peaple snore. I took a sleep study just for the hell of it. I stop breathing60 to 80 time in an hour! Can you point me in the right direction for info? The web can be such a vortex of information

Mike James
 
16/02/2012

Interesting. Most dive docs have come across the odd patient with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) who want to dive, but whether diving itself can contribute to OSA? That's a question I've not come across. Some swift Googling hasn't shown up much, and to be honest I can't think of a plausible mechanism through which diving would make OSA more likely.

In the UK, a study called ELTHI looked at the long term effects of diving in commercial divers, and found that three complaints were more common, when compared with non-diving offshore workers: 'forgetfulness or loss of concentration', 'joint pain or muscle stiffness' and 'impaired hearing'. There was little difference in lung function between divers and non-divers in this study, even when confounders such as smoking were taken into account.

I'd be interested to hear whether your respiratory physician feels there is any connection, but I don't know of any evidence myself.

Dr Oliver Firth
 
22/11/2012

I to was a Navy UCT Diver for 5 years. In great shape, don't snore, no family history of apnea and have now been diagnosed and sent home with a CPAP machine. I am also wondering if my dive history has something to do with the apnea. Several other friends in the Dive community have the same story.

Joe Southwell

 
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