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Whatever Happens in Vagus, Stays in Vagus

Photo by Kelvin Valerio from Pexels 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…

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.…

Don’t Cramp My Style

Photo by Imani Bahati on Unsplash 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…

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…

It’s a Stretch

Photo by Anupam Mahapatra 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…

Fascia-natin’ Rhythm

Photo by Geert Pieters on Unsplash 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…

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…

Being in the Zone

Photo by S Migaj on Unsplash Last time we talked about neuroplasticity and how the brain can change itself based on what is demanded of it and how it is used. Among the various restructurings that have been studied are…

Your Brain on Plastic

Photo by Rebe Pascual on Unsplash Not long ago neuroscientists believed that the human brain developed along a predictable timeline and that windows for certain types of growth closed at some point, creating a kind of final draft of the…