Your blood’s natural limit to how much oxygen it can hold means you can’t stockpile it.
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Inhaling air is how you get the oxygen your body needs to turn your food into energy. Other living things use different strategies.
Nose breathing during intense exercise takes practice.
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Breathing through your nose may help oxygen reach your working muscles faster.
Final school exams are typically seen as a very intense period of preparation. But it is also important to rest during this time if you want to maximise your performance.
Wildfire smoke filled the air at Chicago’s Wrigley Field on June 27, 2023.
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Fires in Canada have sent smoke across several US states, leaving cities including New York, Chicago and Denver with some of the worst air quality in the world – even far from the flames.
Kate Winslet promoting ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ in London in December 2022. Winslet held her breath for over seven minutes during filming of the movie.
Kate Winslet held her breath for an impressive 7 minutes and 15 seconds while filming, but the current world record is over 24 minutes. Here’s how people learn to stay underwater for extended periods of time.
Activating the somatosensory cortex may help us connect to our bodies, develop our sensitivity, sensuality and capacity to feel pleasure.
The brain’s somatosensory cortex may help enrich our emotional experiences and improve our mental health. Mindfulness and dance movement therapy may be effective ways to activate it.
Exercise might be the last thing on your mind if you’re at home with COVID. But these gentle breathing exercises can help.
A part of the brain called the lateral parabrachial nucleus regulates pain, anxiety and breathing.
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Opioids can cause death by slowing breathing to dangerously low levels, or stopping it altogether. Examining one area of the brain may eventually lead to safer painkillers.
Hundreds of active oil wells are hiding in plain sight across the Los Angeles area.
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Photos from the early 1900s show LA’s forests of oil derricks. Hundreds of wells are still pumping, and new research finds people living nearby are struggling with breathing problems.
Eryn Jean Norvill in Sydney Theatre Company’s The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Theatre and audiences are slowly beginning to share the same airspace again. We are freshly conscious of breath, but it has always been intimately linked with the dramatic arts.
‘Smartphone pinky’ is just the latest injury caused by excessive smartphone use.
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It’s almost impossible to be without a smartphone these days – but the way we hold and sit while using them can cause an array of physical health problems.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is the third leading cause of death in the United States.
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A new discovery offers hope for ways to treat a debilitating disease that has become a leading cause of death in the US..
Breathing pure oxygen would be like fireworks exploding in your body. And that’s not always a good thing.
You might think the more oxygen you breathe in the better. But too much oxygen can make you sick.
Aerosols are made up of tiny respiratory droplets suspended in the air.
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More than 200 scientists wrote to the World Health Organization, warning about aerosol transmission of the coronavirus.
Breathing in through the nose is an integral part of meditation and delivers virus-fighting gases to the lungs.
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The body has many natural defenses against viruses and other pathogens. One antiviral molecule produced in the body is nitric oxide and it is created when we breathe in through the nose.
Physiotherapists can help improve a patient’s breathing.
Physiotherapists can help patients during and after coronavirus infections.
Her deep breath has to get to the baby.
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A fetus needs oxygen long before its lungs work and it’s exposed to the air. Some ingenious biochemistry explains how the mother’s blood delivers it.
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Controlled coughing can help people with cystic fibrosis, under supervision and in hospital. But when done at home, it could help spread the coronavirus.
The change in CDC guidance comes in response to new research on how the new coronavirus can spread.
The CDC now recommends that everyone wear a face covering when they go into a public place. But there’s confusion about why and if this protects the wearer, people around them or both.
Large and small particulates in fire smoke can irritate the the thin lining of the respiratory tract, causing throat irritation, coughing and breathing difficulties.
Bushfire smoke is making it difficult for some people to breathe. Those with asthma are at particular risk, but not everyone with the condition has been diagnosed. Here’s what to look out for.