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News Author Galen Lastko

So Healthy Together: The Care and Feeding of Your Immune System

Photo by Ben White on Unsplash With all of the COVID-related anxiety we’ve slogged through these past years, it’s been very easy to forget just how remarkable the human immune system is. All animals have some ability to recognize and…

What’s Cooking?

Photo by Maarten van den Heuvel on Unsplash We aren’t just what we eat, we’re also how we eat it. Our evolution as a species, particularly that of our brains, has been tied to our remarkable ability to extract nutrition…

Stay Tuned: Music is Good for You

Photo by Alireza Attari on Unsplash It’s not really surprising that music has positive health benefits. After all, pretty much everyone likes at least some kind of music, and liking things and being happy is of course deeply tied to…

Spring Screening

Photo by @andrew_scullin on Unsplash O, March! Herald of flowers, vanguard of spring. Sacred month of Mars, the ancient Roman god of war and candy bars, you bring us the vernal equinox, St. Patrick’s Day, spring training, and the return…

Two Paths, Both Dignified

Photo by Online Marketing on Unsplash There are two degrees which qualify an individual to practice medicine here in the United States. While doctors can be difficult to identify in the wild, a trained naturalist can distinguish the two species…

So Long, Omicron?

Photo by Adrian Swancar on Unsplash I’m sorry folks, but the pandemic is not over yet. I really wish I had to try harder to come up with topics, but everyone’s favorite bat flu keeps returning to my arms unbeckoned.…

The Omicron Chronicles

Photo by Gustavo Fring from Pexels What’s that wriggling down the chimney? Why, it’s a brand-new COVID variant! The Omicron variant was first detected in California this past week, but despite the headlines, there’s little indication that there’s any reason to be overly…

Pill Pushing

Photo by Leohoho on Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on November 23, 2021 At long last, pharmaceutical leviathan Pfizer has come up with a pill whose name is ugly enough to terrify the disease it’s meant to fight: COVID-19,…

COVID Roundup: This Week in Pandemic News

Photo by Mufid Majnun on Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on November 2, 2021 Less than a year after the first vaccines were administered in the United Kingdom, almost half the planet has received at least a partial vaccination…

Fluff Piece

Photo by Sander Dalhuisen from Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on October 19, 2021.  Around the world, doctors, nurses, and medical staff are suffering from more stress and fatigue than at any time in human history, courtesy of everyone’s favorite not-really-novel-anymore coronavirus.…