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

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Breathtaking Women's Underwear

Breathtaking Women’s Underwear

The current exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, which calls itself the world’s leading museum of art and design, is all about underwear. Titled, Undressed: a Brief History of Underwear, the exhibit includes several tightly cinched mannequins to tell the story of (mostly women’s) underwear design from the 18th-century to the present...

Opioids and Respiratory Depression

All of us breathe without thinking, that is except when we overdose on heroin. Processed from morphine, an opiate extracted from poppy plants, heroin and other opiates when injected turn on the opioid receptors in the brain and block the parts that feel pain. The user may first feel a great feeling of calm that then very...
Out with the Old and In with the Prana

Out with the Old and In with the Prana

It’s not as if you don’t know how to already, but instructions on how to breathe properly are everywhere. Long before you knew you weren’t doing it correctly, one man in particular was bringing the science and art of breathing, what is called pranayama, as a part of yoga, to the United States. B. K....
When All You Want for Christmas is Clean Air

When All You Want for Christmas is Clean Air

The lack of breatheable air in China this holiday season has prompted the people there to actually buy it. Vitality Air, a company in Canada, reports a brisk business selling bottled air from two Canadian locations–Lake Louise and Banff. The cans of air vary in size, but the site states that “7.7 liters provide approximately 150 breaths of...
The Breath Beneath Your Wing

The Breath Beneath Your Wing

There is a new mobile device being developed that can help asthma sufferers prevent an attack. Called the Wing, the asthma sufferer attaches a palm-sized sensor into their phone and blows into it. The accompanying app measures lung volume – specifically Forced Expiratory Volume (FEV) – how much air is exhaled during a forced breath, and Peak Expiratory...
Staying Alive ...with Chest Compressions

Staying Alive …with Chest Compressions

They used to say Disco Kills, but these days it has people staying alive. The American Heart Association is promoting education to conduct hands-only CPR to the beat of the Bee Gees’ famous 1977 disco anthem “Stayin’ Alive.” This tune, which is hard to hear without picturing John Travolta strutting down the street and on the...
Vive la Différence! Paris Goes Car-less

Vive la Différence! Paris Goes Car-less

In an effort to improve air quality, Paris held its first “Une Journée Sans Voiture” – a day without a car. For one day, on September 27th, almost one-third of Paris went car-free, including on the Champs Élysées, which was filled with thousands of people walking and on bikes. The results were impressive and surprising. Levels of...
Insult, Injury, Rejection and Death

Insult, Injury, Rejection and Death

New research shows that living on or near busy roads with high levels of air pollution raises the risk that a lung transplant recipient will experience organ rejection and death. Based on data gathered  from lung transplant patients in 10 European countries between 1987 and 2013, researchers determined that those recipients who lived in areas with...
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....