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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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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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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Breath, Pulse and Measure

In his manifesto ‘Projective Verse’ (1950) the poet Charles Olson proposed a new view of poetic structure based on the…

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Gasp! Making breathlessness less invisible through the creative arts

People living with breathlessness and those interested in how the arts-in-health approach may help make breathlessness less invisible, were invited…

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A Note on Poetry, Breath, Lines and Punctuation

Dr William Wootten, who spoke at our last Life of Breath poetry reading event, writes: The rhythm of breathing, like…

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Under The Surface

Under the Surface is a choral piece composed by Toby Young which was specially commissioned for, and premiered at, the…

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Curious about breath at the Oxford Curiosity Carnival

Music therapist and writer Kate Binnie writes:  Friday 29th September saw Oxford’s City Centre transformed by the Curiosity Carnival. This University-organised event…

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To Breathe Ourselves into Some Other Lungs

  A cappella singing, a lone rower in the Pacific Ocean, fungal spores, clairvoyance and a baby’s cries…what could possibly…

Measuring Breath: from cadavers to spirometers

New Life of Breath post-doctoral researcher Coreen McGuire introduces her research: Last seen fleeing the scene of the crime, the suspect…

Lost in Translation? Exploring the language of breathlessness

Life of Breath post-doctoral researcher Rebecca Oxley writes: ‘Breath Lab’ is designed as a living experiment to promote discussion around…

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Eight things that have changed since the smoking ban ten years ago

This post was originally published by The Conversation. Anthropologist and Life of Breath team member Andrew Russell writes: It’s hard to…

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10 Years Smoke Free

  On 1st July 2007 England banned smoking in enclosed public places. Although contentious at the time it has gone…

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Letter to your Breath

  If you were invited to write a letter to your breath, what would you say? Bristol anthropologist Alice Malpass…

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The uses and abuses of air (2)

The header shows Capacity by Annie Cattrell, part of the Royal West of England Academy exhibition ‘Air: Visualising the Invisible…

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Heart Failure

The header image shows a viola, also called heartsease. Music therapist and writer Kate Binnie writes:  I am in the hospital….

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Living with Breathlessness, Learning from Experience

SUBSCRIBE: iTunes | Stitcher | Pocket Casts | RSS    Discover the work our researchers are doing to try and…

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The Restricto-Box: Research without Borders

Life of Breath PhD student Tina Williams writes: The 2017 Research Without Borders Festival showcase exhibition ran at Bristol’s Colston…

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The uses and abuses of air (1)

The header shows Ascent of Lunardi’s Balloon from St George’s Fields, London, 1788-90 by J. C. Ibbetson, which will be…

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Breath Control: Note Collection

Artist Caroline Wright writes: Earlier this year, a two-day project called Space to Breathe took place at Somerset House in…

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Breathless in Bristol (3)

Please note that audio files of all the talks given at this conference will be available shortly. Life of Breath…

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COPD, culture, climate and the sensation of breathlessness in Uruguay

Dr Megan Wainwright is an international collaborator on the Life of Breath project. She is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at…

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