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Scientists locate the part of the brain where sighs are made

Scientists locate the part of the brain where sighs are made

Your life depends on your ability to sigh.

Yes, we sigh when we're exhausted or stressed -- and when the weight of the world feels like too much to bear -- but it turns out that sighing is also an essential life-sustaining reflex that is necessary to keep our lungs from collapsing.  

This week researchers from UCLA and Stanford University describe the neural circuitry of sighing for the first time as well as pinpoint the exact location in the brain from which our sighs originate.

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