breath \ 'breth\ n [ME breth]
a. the air taken into or expelled from the lungs. (I was gasping for breath.) b. an inhalation or exhalation of air from the lungs. (She drew in a quick breath.) c. (archaic) the power of breathing; life. d. SPIRIT, ANIMATION— synonyms: life, life force; in one breath : almost simultaneously

Monthly archive July, 2015
400 Drownings in the Great Lakes

400 Drownings in the Great Lakes

The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project (GLSRP) announced their current statistics indicating that there have been 403 drowning incidents since 2010. Rip currents, which people don’t expect in lakes, are responsible for many of those deaths. The near drowning of David Benjamin led him to co-create the CLSPRP, organize surf rescue classes, lead rip current awareness campaigns, and track Great Lakes...
Underwater What?! Rugby!

Underwater What?! Rugby!

With the participation of a deeply committed following of players and fans, the World Confederation of Underwater Activities (whose logo is very reminiscent of a famous coffee company) hosts its 10th annual Underwater Rugby Championship this week in Cali, Colombia. Andy Dunkinson, who plays for the New Jersey Hammerheads, explains some of the required breath holding...
Laughing Gas, Not so Funny

Laughing Gas, Not so Funny

A teenager died recently after inhaling nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas,”  and whip-its,”  The young man went into cardiac arrest after inhaling the gas and supposedly also mixed it with alcohol. Read his story here. While many people experience a euphoric type high, (it’s no surprise that it was a 21 year self-taught scientist...
The King's Air is a Royal Killer

The King’s Air is a Royal Killer

In an attempt to quantify the effects on people inhaling nitrogen dioxide (NO2), a toxic and common pollutant, a study was commissioned by the Greater London Authority and Transport and conducted by researchers at King’s College London. Through a haze of toxic air, the study reveled that nearly 9,500 people die early each year in...
Gwyneth Paltrow and the Importance of Yawning

Gwyneth Paltrow and the Importance of Yawning

Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle website Goop provides a quick, 8-step guide to better yawning and not just one kind of yawn, but two. While the emphasis here is on stress relief, there still is no proven theory on why we yawn. Some scientists believe it cools the temperature of the brain and others, citing babies yawning...
Doctor Who Dedicated Life to Black Lung Dead at 87

Doctor Who Dedicated Life to Black Lung Dead at 87

The doctor whose research and advocacy helped save the lives of thousands of coal miners died this week at age 87. Dr. Donald Rasmussen brought awareness about black lung  disease, caused by inhaling coal dust, which led to new legislation and finally the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act. Read more here. An interview conducted in 1967...
Canary in a Coal Mine and a Bird in a Tunnel

Canary in a Coal Mine and a Bird in a Tunnel

When the famous drug kingpin “El Chapo” escaped from prison through a tunnel, it was a little bird that helped set him free. Found dead in the empty cell, it’s assumed that the bird, a sparrow, was used to test the air quality before Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera climbed down into a tunnel that was more...
A Great Shark Revival

A Great Shark Revival

A small crowd of beachgoers in Cape Cod responded quickly to save the life of a great white shark, stranded and slowly suffocating on the shore.Pouring buckets of water on the shark’s body to keep it breathing, they then towed it back and out into the ocean.  A demonstration of good will, kindness and courage....
Teens Breathing in Injury Prevention

Teens Breathing in Injury Prevention

A yoga instructor who works with professional baseball and basketball teams, including the Philadelphia Phillies, Tampa Bay Lightning, Atlanta Braves and Orlando Magic, says that among teen baseball players the elbow injury, which is common, can be linked to how these young athletes breathe and prevented with breath control. Read more here.  
Deadly Quiet in the Water: Facts About Silent Drowning

Deadly Quiet in the Water: Facts About Silent Drowning

Drowning doesn’t always look like what many of us imagine it to be or have seen on television or in the movies. Many victims are panicked and struggling too hard to breathe to call out or signal for help. See here for more about the signs to watch for.
What You Buy Is What You Breathe

What You Buy Is What You Breathe

To raise awareness about the air pollution created from the burning of forests to make way for palm oil plantations in Malaysia and Indonesia, the environmental group WWF has  launched a “you breathe what you buy” campaign. Images of lipstick, toothbrushes and food products that are made using palm oil are featured in billboards and videos....
Art Breathes

Art Breathes

Mona Lisa has been dead for hundreds of years, but through the use of artificial intelligence she now turns, blinks and breathes. The infamous smile intermittently becomes a frown, and her chest rises and falls so that the viewer can imagine her as Leonardo da Vinci saw her when she sat before him. You can read more about it here....