What is the Bends?

The bends is also known as decompression sickness. It occurs when nitrogen becomes lodged in the body. If a bubble gets lodged in a vital organ it can be fatal. It got it's name because divers who got it would bend over in pain. You can find more information here: http://scuba-diving.suite101.com/article.cfm/the_bends_in_scuba_diving
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