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News Author Ann Constantino

The Teenaged Brain

Photo by Jeswin Thomas on Unsplash Posted in the Humboldt Independent on April 13, 2021 Not so long ago, brain scientists asserted that brain plasticity occurred over a short period of time in childhood, ending before adolescence, and that teenagers’…

Spiders and Darkness and Thunder Oh My!

Image by ambermb from Pixabay  Published in the Humbodlt Independent on March 30, 2021 Recently there was a rather long thread going around social media about all the things that folks would do differently in the new normal of a now finally imaginable…

Yoga for Everything

Photo by Alexy Almond from Pexels Published in the Humboldt Independent on March 9, 2021 The term yoga has become one of the biggest umbrellas in the world of health over the past few decades as it has transformed from its spiritual and…

Use It or Lose It, Part 2

Photo by Sriyoga Ashram on Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on February 16, 2021 Last time, we talked about the gradual loss of muscle mass that is a natural part of the aging process, beginning as early as one’s…

Use It, or Lose It

Photo by Anna Shvets from Pexels Published in the Humboldt Independent on January 19, 2021 While bone loss, or osteopenia leading to osteoporosis, may be the headliner condition aging adults are most aware of, loss of muscle mass, called sarcopenia, may have equally…

Better Call Sol

Photo by David Monje on Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on December 29, 2020 By the time you read this, the winter solstice of 2020 will have passed, yet the daily increasing light goes on for another 6 months…

Good Lordosis (it’s not about Covid)

Photo by Joyce McCown on Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on December 15, 2020  The word ‘spine’ comes into common metaphorical use in several ways, mostly to indicate strength of character. If you are spineless you are weak or…

Make a New Plan Stan

Photo by Mufid Majnun on Unsplash As the anticipated surge in COVID-19 cases spreads across the US, scenes of last spring’s initial wave are being revisited: refrigerated trucks for excess bodies, exhausted medical personnel reusing personal protective equipment at their…

Love is All You Need

Photo by Everton Vila on Unsplash In his 2012 book “The Social Conquest of the Earth“, renowned biologist E.O. Wilson compared various eusocial species in an effort to tease out the differences and similarities between human societies and those of…

Surge Protection

Photo by Gustavo Fring from Pexels Published in the Humboldt Independent on October 27th, 2020  Nine months into the pandemic, with winter approaching, we anticipate the expected surge in COVID-19 cases much better prepared than we were for the initial outbreak. Case numbers…