Dust to dust (McGuire, 2019)

Black lung is a disease often relegated to the domain of the history book. But can historical research tell us…

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We’re one of the Best COPD Blogs 2019!

We’re delighted to share the news that Life of Breath has been named one of the Best COPD Blogs of…

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Time to catch our breath…

After two years of preparation and four busy months, our Durham exhibition draws to a close this week. This post…

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Mysterious Breathers: How insects breathe

This featured guest post was originally published under the title “Gasp! A breathing puzzle” on Noticing, a science blog by…

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Anthropology of Tobacco (Russell, 2019)

How do we understand the relationship between tobacco and humans in light of the fact that tobacco has become one…

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Mining Memories with Donald Trump in the Anthropocene (Rose, 2018)

What defines “coal identity politics” and what role might they have had in the election of Donald Trump? In this…

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‘The troubled breath of so many’: On Sam Guglani’s “Histories”

Life of Breath Principle Investigator Prof Havi Carel explores themes of breath and illness in Sam Guglani‘s novel Histories (Riverrun, 2017)……

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Dear Breath: using story structure to understand the value of letter writing for those living with breathlessness (Penny & Malpass, 2019)

Can using letters help create a personal narrative and public story, generating new ways of relating to breathlessness?  A new…

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Breathing calmly in hospital yoga practice

Life of Breath researcher Krzysztof Bierski writes… We are sitting together on a hospital bed. You have your legs crossed…

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Policy Recommendations

For World COPD Day 2018 and the publication of Life of Breath’s new Policy Report, consultant respiratory physician and honorary…

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Reading Breath in Literature (Rose et al, 2019)

At a key moment in Hamlet’s duel with Laertes, Gertrude cries out that Hamlet ‘is fat and scant of breath’…

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“Letter to my Breath” at Fun Palaces, Bristol

Life of Breath collaborator Elspeth Penny writes about her experience facilitating a “Letter to my Breath” workshop at Barton Hill…

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“Breathe Happy, Breathe Healthy” Bristol mural installation

As part of the Fun Palaces campaign in October this year, Life of Breath collaborated with local Bristol artist Sophie…

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Breathing through oxygen technology in Uruguay and South Africa (Wainwright, 2018)

Life of Breath collaborator Dr. Megan Wainwright introduces her new paper “Exploring ambivalent human-oxygen technology-world relations through the lens of Postphenomenlogy”…

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Phenomenology’s contribution to health and illness

A new book on phenomenology and illness entitled Existential Medicine: Essays on Health and Illness is now out, with a chapter by…

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Graphic Medicine: Breathing new insights into illness narratives with comics

Brian Callender is an internal medicine physician from the University of Chicago interested in the health humanities, with a focus on…

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‘Race Correction’ in Medicine: A History of Lung Function Measurements

The Life of Breath project was delighted to host Professor Lundy Braun in Bristol recently to speak at our bi-annual…

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Breathlessness: from bodily symptom to existential experience (Williams & Carel, 2018)

Tina Williams and Havi Carel have contributed a chapter on breathlessness to this new essay collection which explores the experience…

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Invisible Suffering: The Experience of Breathlessness (Carel, 2018)

In this book chapter in the volume Atmospheres of Breathing, Prof Carel considers breathlessness from a phenomenological perspective, reframing it…

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Respiratory Philosophy

A new book on the philosophy of breathing entitled Atmospheres of Breathing is now out, with a chapter by Life…

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Responsibility without blame

Breathlessness is far broader than a physical symptom. It affects people’s mood, self-esteem and social links and often involves feelings…

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Exploring the logic of respiration

Music & Mindful Yoga Therapist Kate Binnie joined Life of Breath as a researcher in January 2018. She writes: I…

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Chronic breathlessness: re-thinking the symptom (Macnaughton et al, 2018)

The Life of Breath team, like our colleagues at Breathe Oxford, recently responded to the proposal that defining chronic breathlessness as…

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Smog in a Time of Tobacco Control (Russell, 2017)

While in Delhi for a recent UN convention on tobacco control, anthropologist Andrew Russell reports on widespread ‘astroturfing’ – large…

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