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The Pain in Spain Stays Mainly in Your Brain

Suppose your beloved but clumsy dance partner steps on your foot and you immediately feel pain, identified by your brain as clearly being in the crushed appendage, but what exactly is that sensation and where does it occur? Turns out…

May Be Habit Forming

Around this time of year, the end of one and beginning of another, many people are inclined to make some changes. Spurred by the sense of renewal that turning over the December page can bring we resolve to do things…

How To Remember To Not Forget

I had a great opening sentence to this article that came to me last night as I was going to sleep. Where it went since then, I have no idea. Memory is far from a perfect system, and the brain’s…

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…