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

Recently it was proposed that defining chronic breathlessness as a syndrome might raise awareness of its impact on people’s lives…

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Imaging and Imagining COPD (Wainwright, 2017)

What do people with COPD think their lungs look like? Ideas about what is going on inside the body can…

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Ethics is politics: whose ethics counts?

This post was originally published by CDJ Plus. Pradeep Narayanan is Director of Research and Capacity Building at Praxis Institute for…

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Nearly half of teenage smokers have bought illegal tobacco, so what are the dangers?

This post was originally published by The Conversation. Anthropologist and Life of Breath team member Andrew Russell writes: New figures show that more…

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Listening to the past

How do we ​accurately ​measure hearing loss? In a new paper in The British Journal for the History of Science, Life of Breath researcher…

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Scientific and artistic identities

Who makes comics about science, and why? ​Life of Breath ​Project Administrator Jordan Collver explores ​the intersection of science and art in…

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