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October 2010
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     We trust you are already familiar with, the best one-stop health information web site for consumers. Are you aware that the same parent organization, the National Institutes of Health, also publishes NIH MedlinePlus, the Magazine? It is excellent as well - Cover of the fall 2010 NIH MedlinePlus magazineaccurate information on common health concerns appealingly presented with no advertising or hidden agendas.
     The current issue of NIH MedlinePlus is typical. Other recently covered topics are breast cancer, TMJ, and anxiety and panic attacks. You can register to receive a print copy at home or an online version by email update. Either way, it's free, four times a year. To your health!

Logo for Caregivers Count! a "conference for family and friends caring for an aging loved one" to learn, share resources, and feel supported. The second annual event on Saturday, November 13 in San Jose will have simultaneous translators on-site for caregivers who speak Spanish, Vietnamese, and Mandarin. To learn more about this Aging Services Collaborative event, or to view video and handouts from the highly regarded 2009 conference, click here. Register by November 5.

Yes. No. Maybe . . . ?    

What to Do about Hormone Therapy

     If news reports on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) have you confused, you aren't alone. Get help in sorting out the facts from a menopause practitioner Woman in her 50'scredentialed by the North American Menopause Society. Having closely followed HRT research for many years, Margaret Mahony, M.D., has a comfortable expertise that enables her to present this complex topic clearly to non-professionals.

      The public and health care professionals are invited to Dr. Mahony's presentation on the current understanding of potential risks and benefits of hormone therapy for menopause symptoms. The free discussion will be in O'Connor Hospital's Medical Office Building Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 4, at 2105 Forest Avenue, San Jose.

     We are delighted that Dr. Mahony will return in the spring for our Get Healthy @ the Library speaker series.

News You Can Use 

When to Take Blood Pressure Drugs
2 pills on a countertop     Taking your blood pressure medication at bedtime may greatly improve its effectiveness. In a five-year study of over 2,000 patients, blood pressure control was better among those who took at least one hypertension medication before bed rather than upon rising. Even more remarkably, the incidence of angina, heart attack, and stroke among these patients was one-third that of morning-only pill-takers. A news report is available; please be sure to read the final paragraph. The original paper and a technical discussion of the research are also available.

Rested Mom = Safer, Healthier Pregnancy
Woman in bed, turning off an alarm clock     Women who get too little sleep early in pregnancy may be nearly ten times more likely to develop the serious condition of preeclampsia during their last trimester. Read more here.

Parkinson's Disease
     A patient receiving deep brain stimulation (DBS) has an implanted device constantly sending electrical signals to a dysfunctional portion of the brain. A statement by experts onIllustration of Deep Brain Stimulation using DBS to treat the movement disorders of Parkinson's disease may interest readers coping with relatively early Parkinson's disease. It was summarized in this news release. You can access the original article by visiting, locating the section of their home page titled "A Consensus Meeting to Discuss Deep Brain Stimulation..." and clicking the link to "Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease." The adjacent link, "written report of the Patient Forum," is also worthwhile.

Meds for Kids with Depression or ADHD
Angry, crying child     If you're the parent of a child with depression or ADHD, you'll want to check out the new medication guidescreated by the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Book Group 
Cover of a book titled Hospital
     Positively reviewed by the New York Times, O Magazine, and, our November book selection lets readers listen in on nursing station crises, feuding physicians, and cleaning staff members' insights at one of the nation's busiest urban hospitals. You're invited to join us on Saturday morning, November 6, for a lively conversation about Hospital: Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity, Plus Red Tape, Bad Behavior, Money, God and Diversity on Steroids by Julie Salamon.
In This Issue
Caregivers Count!
Hormone Therapy
News You Can Use
Book Group
The Home for the Friendless
Clutter Workshop
Goodbye, "Ed"!
Photo of a young smiling woman, Jenni Schaefer
    Jenni Schaefer gave her eating disorder a name in her first book, Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too. Schaefer has since built a rewarding life without Ed.
    Schaefer will speak at San Jose's M.L. King Library on Thursday, November 4. Her inspiring new book, Goodbye Ed, Hello Me: Recover from Your Eating Disorder will be available.
    On a related note, families with anorexic teens will be interested in recent research from Stanford finding that family-based treatment typically has better long-term results than individual therapy.
Cover of book, The Home for the Friendless
    Join us on Friday afternoon, November 12, as local author Betty Auchard celebrates the release of her new memoir, The Home for the Friendless: Finding Hope, Love and Family, with a presentation at the Saratoga Library. Even by Depression-era standards, Betty's family struggled, but now her hilarious stories exemplify resilience and joy. Light refreshment typical of the era will be served.
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Very cluttered kitchen area

    Do you have a friend or family member whose home is overwhelmed by "stuff"? If you'd like to understand cluttering behavior and how you may be able to help, you can learn practical, tactful ways to approach the problem at a presentation on Thursday evening, November 18 by Los Gatos-Saratoga Community Education and Recreation .

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