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April 2011
Our Spring Health Lectures Series
...resumes with 4 free presentations at Santa Clara County Get Healthy at the Library logoLibraries. Participants will be able to pick up a complimentary copy of Healthy Steps in Silicon Valley, an award-winning guide to staying positive, mobile, and independent in Santa Clara County.


Exploring Mind-Body Skills for Health and Well-Being

Tuesday, April 26 - 7 p.m.             Campbell Library 


Foot Health: What You Need to Know!

Thursday, April 28 - 12 noon          Saratoga Library 


Self-Acupressure for Chronic Pain Relief (in Mandarin only)

Wednesday, May 4 - 1 p.m.           Cupertino Community Hall

(next to Cupertino Library) .


Take Charge of Your Chronic Pain

Thursday, May 5 - 7 p.m.               Milpitas Library 

Celebrate PlaneTree's 22nd Anniversary with Us
     PlaneTree opened its then-Victorian doors in February, 1989, followed by a grand opening on April 28. This year our anniversary again coincides with Dining Out for Life, when participating South Bay restaurants donate 25% of their revenue to The Health Trust's AIDS services.
Logo for ViVA restaurant     Celebrate PlaneTree's anniversary with our staff, volunteers, and supporters with a no-host dinner at Viva (near the library in Los Gatos) on Thursday at 6 p.m. If you can join us, please email or call (408/358-5667) by 5 p.m. Tuesday so we can include you in our group reservation.
     We'll raise funds for a good cause while raising our glasses to PlaneTree!
News You Can Use
Woman sneezing     Lush vegetation following our rainy March promises a sneezy spring for many of our readers. This Mayo Clinic article on hay fever covers self-care, over-the-counter and prescription drugs, when to consult a doctor, and how to prepare for your office visit. Reduce pollen-induced eye irritation with these tips from National Jewish Health. NJH, a specialty center for respiratory conditions, also recommends salt-water wash treatments (nasal irrigation) for hay fever and allergic asthma sufferers who are bothered by sinus or nasal drainage.

Teens on the Autism Spectrum

Teen boy     A recent New York Times article discussed diverse issues that parents of adolescents with autism or Asperger's face in planning for their teens' future. The Transition Tool Kit created by Autism Speaks will be helpful for many families.


     The New York Times website is a great resource for learning about the science of exercise and physical fitness, as evidenced by this sampling of recent articles:
News You Can't Use
     The following news items have no information that laypersons can currently make practical use of, but the research they describe is so fascinating we want to share it with you.
image of microbes     One line of study in genomics has been the microbes living on our own bodies. (The human body contains about 10 trillion cells; each of us hosts about 100 trillion microbes.) Recent research found 3 "distinct ecosystems" of microbes in the gut of 38 individuals, regardless of their digestive health or residence on any of 3 continents. The New York Times compares the potential significance to this finding to the discovery of blood types a century ago, because of the promise it offers in tailoring treatments to fit individuals.
In This Issue
Celebrate Our Anniversary
News You Can Use
News You Can't Use
An AWEsome Offer
Stroke Awareness Community Seminar
Warning signs for stroke

Tuesday, May 3


    Two nationally known journalists and authors - Bob Arnot, MD, and Mark McEwen - will be featured speakers at a free event focused on stroke symptoms, treatment, and recovery. Advance reservations are required for this informative evening sponsored by Good Samaritan Hospital and held at the Jewish Community Center in Los Gatos.


For 22 years, PlaneTree Health Library has relied on contributions from people like you. If you can, please acknowledge our service to you and the South Bay community with a tax-deductible gift. 


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Thank you!

An AWEsome Offer!
a director's chair
Saturday, May 7
    Be one of the first 10 PlaneTalk subscribers to email us (using the subject line "AWEsome") to receive a free ticket to the Aging With Excellence Film Festival, courtesy of a long-time PlaneTree donor and film buff.
    Only one per household, please! Split the cost of a second ticket with a friend and pay only $5 each for a whole day of thoughtful, inspirational films and conversations, plus lunch, at the Health to You Auditorium, Good Samaritan Hospital.
    PlaneTree's director personally vouches for each film, based on her involvement in the energetic Aging Services Collaborative CONNECT committee, which is producing the festival.
    See you there!
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