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News Author Galen Lastko

Grow Up, Not Old

Photo by Ekaterina Shakharova on Unsplash 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…

The Mold Testament

Photo by Martin Grube from the FEMA Photo Library  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.…

To Sleep, Perchance, To Sleep Enough

Photo by Lux Graves on Unsplash 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…

Fighting Back Against Breast Cancer

Photo by Sarah Cervantes on Unsplash 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…

Fear of a Wireless Planet

Photo by ROBIN WORRALL on Unsplash Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Electromagnetic Radiation “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” -Arthur C. Clark Ever since mobile phones found their way into nearly everyone’s pocket, there…

Screen Time!

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash Humans spend an awful lot of time staring at screens. You’re probably reading this on a screen. I’m certainly writing it on one, and if you’re actually lucky enough to be holding some good-old…

Humboldt’s Opioid Crisis – Part 2

Photo by Jonathan Rados on Unsplash This is the second part of a three-part feature on how the national opiate crisis is affecting the Southern Humboldt community. Any members of the community who wish to share their accounts and experiences…

Humboldt’s Opioid Crisis – Part 1

Photo by Nik Shuliahin on Unsplash This is the first part of a two or three-part feature on how the national opiate crisis is affecting the Southern Humboldt community. Any members of the community who wish to share their accounts…

The Joys of Nasal Irrigation

Photo by Brad Huchteman on Unsplash I have to admit, I was always terrified of neti pots. The idea of voluntarily introducing warm salt water to my sinuses was up there on the list of weird hippie things my mom…

What is COPD?

Photo by Gratisography from Pexels Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, is a term which applies to a number of different respiratory ailments, including refractory asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. It is especially common in smokers and others who are…