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April 2014
Silver Years of Community Service

     PlaneTree proudly celebrates our 25th anniversary this month! We have moved twice, tweaked our name, had several sponsors, become an independent nonprofit, collaborated with many partners - and remain committed to providing free, in-depth health and medical information to the public.

     A most unusual health library opened to the public in San Francisco in 1981. Ordinary folks were given access to an extensive collection of health information, including medical texts and books about complementary and alternative therapies. Medical librarians were on hand to help people research. In a pre-Internet, your-doctor-always-knows-best era, the Planetree Health Resource Center was a maverick - "a disruptive service," in today's business jargon.

This Eastlake Victorian in downtown San Jose was PlaneTree's home from 1989 to 2003.

     Intrigued by news of this development, administrators at San Jose Medical Center won their bid to replicate Planetree's services in the South Bay. After one-and-a-half years of preparation, the second Planetree Health Resource Center opened with a VIP ceremony on April 25, 1989.

     PlaneTree was supported in part by The Health Trust from 1996 until 2002. In 2003 Good Samaritan Hospital moved the library to its Mission Oaks campus in Los Gatos.

     A partnership with the Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) began in 2007. This led to our jointly establishing the PlaneTree Health Information Center at the Cupertino Library in October 2011.

     During the last year, SCCLD's role in managing the Center has expanded with the development of a new part-time position, PlaneTree Coordinator. Shu-Hua Liu brings to her new role an appreciation for the value of medical information for the public, energetic enthusiasm, and her experience as a reference librarian at the Campbell Library.

     Although less involved in the Center's day-to-day management and personal reference services, the "legacy" PlaneTree Health Library staff continues to collaborate with the Center and SCCLD administration. We provide health information services to the South Bay community via this award-winning newsletter, our lively Facebook page, and helpful website.

     Much has changed over the last 25 years, yet the most important elements of PlaneTree remain: Committed professionals and dedicated volunteers make our services possible. Support from patrons, donors, and community partners keeps PlaneTree alive and well. And anyone seeking personalized health information can find resources and assistance - for free - at PlaneTree.  

PlaneTree-Ku Health Lecture
      The following presentation (in Mandarin only) will be free to the public PlaneTree Logo without nameat the Cupertino Community Hall, next door to the Cupertino Library. Related reading materials in Traditional Chinese will be provided.
     Our co-sponsor is the S. Ku Foundation, which focuses on health promotion and disease prevention.
     Please share this flyer with friends and family.
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    Post-Trauma Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    Jill Kuendig, M.F.T.
    2 p.m., Sunday, May 4
News You Can Use
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Vape pipes. Hookah pens.
     What are they? How safe are they?
     The young adults in your family know the answer to the first question but no one really knows the answer to the second question. Several vape pens Learn about these popular, controversial devices
     It is clear that care must be taken when storing and handling refill liquids that contain nicotine, especially if young children are in the household.

 

White Noise for Babies
Sleeping baby      Infant sleep machines can safely lull young children to sleep, but proper placement and volume levels are necessary to prevent permanent damage to a child's hearing.

 

Sexuality & Drugs
Hand-holding      Certain medications can cause women to have less interest in or enjoyment of sexual intimacy. Men who have concerns about drug-related impotence will find helpful information in this article and drug list.

 

Cautions for Seniors
     The American Geriatrics Society is warning seniors, family members, and doctors about ten medical tests, procedures, and drugs that are often recommended to seniors by 3 seniors physicians - but are also often unwarranted or even harmful. Although several apply to patients who are very frail or have dementia, others will be of interest to seniors with insomnia, diabetes, unintended weight loss, asymptomatic urinary infections, or simply a new prescription.
     A news report described the 2013 list of "Five Things Doctors and Patients Should Question." Another five cautions were added recently.

 

Fibroid Surgery
Young woman holding her abdomen      A minimally invasive surgical technique for removing painful uterine fibroids, morcellation, has become popular since its introduction in 2005. Women contemplating surgery to treat fibroids will want to know about new concerns about morcellation's long-term effects, as described in this lay report and technical review.

In This Issue
PlaneTree-Ku Health Lecture
News You Can Use
Dine Out, Fight AIDS
Events
Caregivers Count!
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    This free event provides information and camaraderie to family and friends caring for an older loved one. Preregistration is required to attend the fifth annual Caregivers Count! conference on Saturday, May 3.
    This year, only English presentations will be offered on May 3. Information about the upcoming Vietnamese language conference is available. The Spanish and Chinese language dates are not yet scheduled.
Logo for Dine Out, Fight AIDS
    Enjoy a delicious meal with family or friends on Thursday, April 24 at one of these 30+ restaurants in Santa Clara County - and a portion of your tab will be donated to The Health Trust's AIDS Services program.

 

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    All events are open to the public; pre-registration may be required. There is a fee for events marked with *asterisks.

Ballroom dancing
Milpitas - every Tuesday through May 20

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Walking class for older adults (6-week program begins)
San Jose - Mon., Apr. 7 & Apr. 21 

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Seasonal allergies
Mountain View - Tues., Apr. 8

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Telephone captioning & other assistive telecommunication services
San Jose - Wed., Apr. 9

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Massage for infants & young children with special needs
San Jose - Wed., Apr. 9

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Screening kids for language & developmental delays
Mountain View - Sat., Apr. 12

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Disaster preparedness
Gilroy - Sat., Apr. 12

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Epidemiology of autism spectrum disorder 

Stanford - Tues., Apr. 15

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Medi-Cal & Cal MediConnect (in 5 languages)
Santa Clara - Wed., Apr. 16

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Coping with worry while dealing with cancer (scroll to last page)
Mountain View - Sat., Apr. 19

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Teens & adults on the autism spectrum
San Jose - Wed., Apr. 23

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Creating a rewarding retirement
San Jose - Wed., Apr. 23

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Insomnia
Los Gatos - Wed., Apr. 23

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Parenting kids with anxiety disorders
Palo Alto - Thurs., Apr. 24

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Unwanted & expired drug disposal
Los Gatos - Sat., Apr. 26

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Mind-body skills for stress relief*
Menlo Park - Sat., Apr. 26

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Sleep apnea
Mountain View - Wed., Apr. 30

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Save the Date!
One-day conference for family members of adults with developmental disabilities*
San Jose - Sat., May 10

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