Feds Spending $53,282 to Study Sighs | Washington Free Beacon: "The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is paying a researcher over $53,000 to study sighs.
The new study, which began in January, will focus on the role that brain cells play in “sigh generation.”
“Periodic sigh generation is required to maintain normal blood gas levels, and the inability to generate sighs is related to serious respiratory conditions such as lung atelectasis,” the project’s grant said. “Sighs also play an important role in triggering arousal, and the loss of sighs has been related to an increased risk of SIDS [Sudden Infant Death Syndrome].”"
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