Disrupted breath, songlines of breathlessness (Malpass, Dodd, Feder, et al., 2019)

A ‘songline’ is a song used within Australian Aboriginal culture as a way to navigate across the land… Health research is often bounded by disciplinary expertise. In a paper recently published in the journal Medical Humanities, members of the Life … Read more…

Catch Your Breath: Puppetry, Dance and Creative Writing

Creative writing workshop and the children's letters to their breath to explore breath, breathing & breathlessness

Life of Breath collaborator and arts and health workshop facilitator, Elspeth Penny, writes about her experience of running a series of puppetry, dance and creative writing workshops in schools in March 2019. “My breath smells like different emotions, sounds like … Read more…

The COPD support group

Senior Research Associate on the Life of Breath project, clinical music therapist and mindful yoga teacher Kate Binnie visited a COPD support group in Oxford to share some helpful techniques with the group.  Kate shares her observations here……. Seven people … Read more…

Much we can do and even more to learn about COPD

For World COPD Day 2018 and the publication of Life of Breath’s new Policy Report, consultant respiratory physician and honorary senior lecturer at the the Academic Respiratory Unit (University of Bristol) Dr James Dodd writes… What is COPD? Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary … Read more…

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 the theory and practice of “graphic medicine” to understand and improve our understanding of health, illness and the delivery of … Read more…

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

"LUNGTREE VI" - Cover photo by Maja Bjelica

In this book chapter in the volume Atmospheres of Breathing, Prof Carel considers breathlessness from a phenomenological perspective, reframing it as an existential, social, personal, cultural and psychological phenomenon, rather than a medical symptom. (Read more about the book on … Read more…

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 of guilt and shame. Breathlessness can also be a symptom of a range of mental disorders, such as panic and anxiety disorders. There … Read more…

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 a syndrome might raise awareness of its impact on people’s lives. We stress that more consultation with ‘experts-by-experience’ (patients who experience … Read more…

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 . Our collaborators at Breath Oxford responded. Their research explores the neuroscience of breathlessness, particularly the networks that generate perceptions. They … Read more…

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 to join researcher Dr Alice Malpass from the Life of Breath Project and arts-in-health specialist Elspeth Penny to explore how … Read more…

Under The Surface

Under the Surface is a choral piece composed by Toby Young which was specially commissioned for, and premiered at, the Feel It Festival in November 2016. Inspired by the research of the Life of Breath team, particularly the work of … Read more…

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 sought to bring together researchers across fields of study to share knowledge, answer questions, and interact in creative ways with … Read more…

To Breathe Ourselves into Some Other Lungs

Kate Binnie singers

  A cappella singing, a lone rower in the Pacific Ocean, fungal spores, clairvoyance and a baby’s cries…what could possibly tie these things together? The surprising answer is breath and poetry. ‘To Breathe Ourselves Into Some Other Lungs’ was an … Read more…

Lost in Translation? Exploring the language of breathlessness

Sponge

Life of Breath post-doctoral researcher Rebecca Oxley writes: ‘Breath Lab’ is designed as a living experiment to promote discussion around a central theme relating to breath, breathing and breathlessness. The aim is not to discuss key research findings, but rather … Read more…

It Felt Like Drowning

  ‘It Felt Like Drowning’ is the winner of our recent Inspired musical composition competition. Entrants were invited to attend the Feel It Festival in November 2016 and take their inspiration from one of the events.  The winner, Elan Higueras, … Read more…

Letter to your Breath

  If you were invited to write a letter to your breath, what would you say? Bristol anthropologist Alice Malpass and letter-revivalist Elspeth Penny have been running workshops doing exactly that. Chatting to Sarah McLusky they explain what happens in … Read more…