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PlaneTree Library's website October 2008
 "Get Healthy @ the Library"
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     PlaneTree and Santa Clara County Library (SCCL) have a new partnership that will expand access to health information for Santa Clara County residents.
     Serving the cities of Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Morgan Hill, Saratoga, and unincorporated areas of the county, SCCL had over 3.4 million in person visitors and over 1 million visits to their robust website last year.
     "Get Healthy @ the Library" will enlarge SCCL's collection of health and medical materials, add programs on health-related topics, and expand health reference services. Another project goal is to increase awareness of PlaneTree and make our individualized health information services more easily available to thousands more who could benefit.
     This project is funded by a California State Library grant of $135,000 to SCCL from the federal Library Services and Technology Act. Other project partners are The Health Trust and the Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System.
Fundraising Updates
Miniature twin bed with quilt     Thank you for your support at the Showcase of Miniatures last month! We enjoyed seeing so many patrons and friends at the show. A valuable, donated estate sale and silent auction contributed to record profits for PlaneTree --$17,400! A heartfelt thank you to Barb Jones, Showcase chair, and her talented, hard-working committee.
Matching corporate gifts
     Do you work for a company with a matching grant program? Has your company previously denied matching grant applications for PlaneTree?
     That may well have changed as we are now an independent, 501(c)3 non-profit. For example, IBM has agreed to match donations from current and retired employees. Big Blue will even retroactively match gifts made less than one Reminder string tied on someone's fingeryear ago--if you turn in the matching grant form before the donation's first anniversary.
     Please send us a completed form ASAP if you've made a donation your employer might still honor.

IRA charitable rollover extended
     Lower your taxes this year and help PlaneTree, doing both at the same time!
     If you are over the age of 70 ½ and have an IRA or Roth IRA, you are undoubtedly aware of the requirement to make annual distributions. These distributions are part of the adjusted gross income (AGI) on which you pay taxes.Open bird cage with nest and egg
     One of many "sweeteners" included in the recently passed federal Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 was an extension of the IRA Charitable Rollover tax incentive. This year (and next year) you may subtract from your adjusted gross income a donation made directly to a public charity from an IRA. If you don't itemize your deductions, this tax incentive is especially beneficial for you.
     To learn more about the benefits and the easy process for making such a donation, explore this page, and its links to additional information in the subsection on "Tools to Help Charities and Donors Take Advantage of the IRA Charitable Rollover."
News You Can Use
Incontinence is common
Woman running     A survey of women over the age of 20 found that nearly 25% had at least one moderate-to-severe pelvic floor disorder - usually urinary and/or fecal incontinence. Noting that treatments can be quite effective, urologists urge affected women to discuss possible remedies with their doctors.

Into the mouths of babes...
     Two large-scale studies illustrate the potential impact of diet and drugs during the first year of life on a child's developing immune system.
Baby eating strained peas     According to a report from Sweden, eczema was 25% less likely among one-year-old babies who had started eating fish before the age of nine months.
     And parents of very young children are advised to avoid treating their mild fevers with acetaminophen in the wake of recent research which found that doing so greatly increases the child's risk of asthma, eczema, and rhinoconjunctivitis.

Clinical trials involving kids
     Whether your child is healthy or has a medical condition, your family may be able to help advance scientific knowledge of childhood development, vaccines, and treatments.
     Concern about the lack of medical research on diagnosing and treating medical conditions among children has led the National Institutes of Health to launch a new website for parents, "Children and Clinical Studies." Boy having an eye examAccording to an NIH press release, parents can visit the site to learn "why research in children is important, how studies are conducted, and what measures are taken to protect participants' safety and privacy." You may also enjoy watching the website's 10-minute video, which won three awards for excellence.
In This Issue
Fundraising Updates
News You Can Use
"Times of Your Life"
Healthy Book Club
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    Join us at the PlaneTree Health Library on the first Saturday morning of each month to talk about a great book, over a morning cup of coffee (or tea). Each title is picked to spark a conversation about topics that count in our lives now, and how we adapt our approach to life as we, or those around us, age. We'll get off to a lively start on November 1 with The Bounce Back Book, a serious-fun title with great graphics.
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    Stroke Fair  
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    Here's a health care bargain! Receive all the following at no charge: stroke risk assessment, including screenings of your carotid artery and blood pressure; diabetes screening; consultation with a Registered Dietician; and personal prescription review with a licensed Pharmacist.
    The fourth annual Good Samaritan Stroke Fair will take place on the fourth floor of the hospital's north tower on Thursday, October 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We recommend arriving before 1 p.m. to allow time for all screenings. No reservations needed.
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An American Dream:
The Blessing of Health
    Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? is a multi-faceted, eye-opening portrait of societal and economic forces which shape our health. This compelling DVD, with English or Spanish narration, has been donated to our library (and many others in the area) by The Health Trust.
    If you care about the health of all Americans and the future of our medical system, you'll be fascinated by this terrific documentary. Like our other DVDs and videos, it is available for check out with your free PlaneTree library card.