Sat. Morning Book Club, Dec. 6
Old Without Getting Anxious
will be the spark for our upcoming
book club meeting
. Written by Peter Rabins, M.D. (co-author of the
caregiving classic The 36-Hour Da
and a model of clear writing and practical advice,
the book addresses
differences between late-life anxiety and anxiety in younger people, how to
identify the disorder in a loved one, and ways to cope with and treat anxiety
copies available to borrow or buy. However, don't be anxious if you've no time to read the book! We'll have a review before discussing this topic. We hope you'll join our stimulating
discussion as a concerned aging boomer, affected senior, or caregiver.
Hot off the Press
The second edition of Putting Patients First
, a book about the
Planetree model of patient-centered care
for hospitals and other
health-related organizations, was released at the 30th annual
international Planetree conference in October. The first edition was selected by
the American College of Healthcare Executives to
receive their "Book of the Year" award
as the most outstanding work on
healthcare and healthcare management in 2004.
A Planetree librarian since
1987, our director, Candace Ford, co-wrote the chapter on providing health
information to patients, their families, and communities. The new edition is available
in our collection to check out with
your free PlaneTree library card.
News You Can Use
How's your hsCRP?
The usefulness of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP)
one's risk of coronary heart
disease has been confirmed by two recent studies. In a third study,
treating patients with high levels of hsCRP nearly halved patients' risk of
heart attack, stroke, or death.
It is widely assumed that high
cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease, and should be treated with a
statin. However, a few scientists are unconvinced. If you're curious about this
behind-the-scenes controversy, you can read an articulate discussion of the third study
by one skeptical scientist, Howard Brody, Ph.D., M.D., a widely respected physician and ethicist whose
books include Hooked: Ethics, the Medical
Profession, and the Pharmaceutical Industry
.Minty fresh digestion
People with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may fare better with an o
ld home remedy than with prescription
medications. A study
which compared peppermint oil, anti-spasmodics,
and fiber against placebos found that while all three treatments provided
relief for some patients, peppermint
oil relieved symptoms for significantly
If you're interested in
using peppermint oil, learn more
about this supplement and then talk to
Help for many kids with asthmaResearchers are discovering
that - like adults - kids with problematic asthma often have undiagnosed or undertreated gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Treatment of GERD can significantly diminish asthma flare-ups.
We all know how great a good
night's sleep can make us feel, but habitually getting enough rest is truly good
for us - lowering our risks for diabetes
, plus among seniors, reducing the risks of stroke and heart attacks
and of falling
. In addition, kids who are consistently
well-rested are less likely to grow up to have problems as adults with obesity
or with anxiety, depression, or agression
If you or a loved one has difficulty
getting a good night's sleep, these resources
may be helpful.
From library patrons -
"Your help has been
immeasurable. We feel so much better about our father's new diagnosis and how
to help him cope with what's to come. The articles you got for us from other
medical libraries were timely and affordable. Thanks too for the tips on
searching both National Library of Medicine websites."
From library staff -
"We could not keep
our doors open without the tremendous community support that you provide. Thank
you to those who have given this year, especially with the economic concerns. Remember that older donors who have to take an IRA distribution before Dec 31 can make a charitable donation to PlaneTree and
receive substantial tax savings. We appreciate all gifts of any size and use
them to help others every day."
|PlaneTree is an independent, nonprofit community
service that depends on support from people who value our work.
If you can,
New at PlaneTree!
The best way to lower your odds of disability when older is to improve your lifestyle now - no matter your current age and health. Use this terrific new reference from the American Medical Association to help you wisely reform your diet, exercise, and stress level.
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