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Local Boards Collaborate on Healthcare Planning

Twenty four representatives of four local organizations met January 16th at the Hospital’s new Sprowel Creek Campus to explore the possibilities for improving healthcare outreach to Northern Mendocino and Southern Humboldt’s smaller, remote communities. Board members and senior staff from…

The Deep End of the Gene Pool

The old scientific debate of nature vs. nurture has taken on some promising new directions since the field of epigenetics has been developing over the past few decades. Every living thing carries a genetically coded dog tag unique to itself…

Grow Up, Not Old

This is the first in a two-part series looking at the effects of aging on our health, and the lives and well-being of seniors in our community. Death and taxes aren’t the only certainties in life: there’s also getting old.…

Whatever Happens in Vagus, Stays in Vagus

There is a nerve in the human body that regulates heart function, influences digestion, informs you when it’s safe to relax, and promotes efficient swallowing and speaking. This longest cranial nerve (originating in the brain) also receives sensory input from…

The Mold Testament

Molds are not exactly the most charismatic of fungi. They are not often as tasty or charming as mushrooms, and not useful for fermentation or baking like their cousins the yeasts. When we think of mold we generally think of…

Don’t Cramp My Style

What happens when the nerves within your muscle tissue become abnormally excitable or confused? That muscle will involuntarily contract, tense and shorten, resulting in what is called either a spasm or a cramp, or any number of other less print-worthy terms. Lasting…

To Sleep, Perchance, To Sleep Enough

In case you don’t remember, you’ve probably spent a third of your life laying dormant, experiencing deep periods of unconsciousness alternating with patterns of symbolic, poorly understood, yet altogether vivid and emotional hallucinations. For almost everything that walks, crawls, or…

Fighting Back Against Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer. We’ve all heard about it. We’ve seen the pink-washed products on the shelves and the Run for the Cure events. But just how common is breast cancer? Well as it turns out – extremely. In 2018, there were…

It’s a Stretch

Can you touch your toes without bending your knees? Can you scratch that itch in the center of your back? How about doing the splits the way you could when you were on the Cheer team in high school? The…

Fascia-natin’ Rhythm

Around the exercise and movement world, connective tissue known as fascia was once scraped aside as unimportant by anatomists studying the more self-explanatory tissues such as muscle and bone. These days fascia is being understood as a vital class of…