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September 2015
October 10 & 11
40th Anniversary Fundraiser!
Wee chipmunk with daisy umbrella      Circus animal pull-toys. Delectable French pastries. A Gold Rush bordello. Delicate fairies dancing through the trees. You never know what you will find just around the corner at the Showcase of Miniatures!
     The wares of 100+ vendors, including 14 international dealers, and an exhibition of completed scenes are on display for your viewing pleasure at the largest miniature show west of the Mississippi. You can also enter to win a raffled miniature, bid in the silent auction (ending at 2 p.m. on Saturday), or take the free "Tools & Techniques" class on Sunday morning.
Trio of miniature vases      Kids are welcome too. On either day between noon and 3 p.m., children can create their own imaginative, 3-D works of art for free. Kids ages 10 to 14 can register for very affordable classes that will be offered on Saturday.
     The Showcase, also known as "The Good Sam Show," is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Thanks to the hard work of a volunteer committee of local miniaturists, the event has been the annual fundraiser for PlaneTree Health Library since 1997. We hope you will spread the word to friends, family, and colleagues. (If you are on Facebook, please "share" the Showcase's page!)
Miniature roll-top desk       Plan to attend on Saturday, October 10 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or Sunday, October 11 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at the Doubletree Hotel San Jose. Tickets are $7 for teens and adults, $5 for seniors (62+), and $3 for kids (5-12). You can park all day for $10 with a show-validated ticket, or take a pleasant, ten-minute walk from VTA's Metro/Airport light rail stop. Wheeled bags and infant strollers must be checked at the show.
     Get inspired! Take a wee peek at the artful world of miniatures.
News You Can Use
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Dogs & Kids
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     Half of all dog bites are to children. Usually the dog and bitten child are not strangers. Learn which kid behaviors most often provoke bites and how dogs subtly signal frustration over the attentions of a child.
     If you are a parent, teach your child how to respect dogs' needs and respond appropriately to strange dogs. If you are a dog owner, you can train your dog, especially if you start in puppyhood, to be more comfortable around children.

Privacy & Common Sense
Logo for HIPAA      The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) bars health care providers from releasing patient health information unnecessarily. Unfortunately, HIPAA rules are sometimes misinterpreted by care facilities or staff members, to the frustration of patients' family members and friends.
     This guide explains when information may be shared. Here is additional clarification for mentally ill individuals and their family members.
     HIPAA also gives you the right to obtain and amend your health records, and to control access to them, as described in this brief video and more comprehensive document.

Ibuprofen and Naproxen Warning
Cluster of misc. pills      People with various heart and circulatory problems, ulcers, kidney disease, or a few other conditions, should avoid using ibuprofen (Advil and generic) and naproxen (Aleve and generic), according to a recent warning from the FDA
     All consumers are advised to limit their use of these drugs to the smallest amounts necessary for relief.

Calcium Controversy
Close-up of porotic bone      Calcium supplementation, with or without vitamin D, is often advised, especially for women. However, a recent article in a prestigious medical journal asserts that recommendations to take calcium are not merited since recent research has shown similarly minor positive and negative effects. The authors suggest that generous funding from the supplement industry has biased the results of bone health research and the guidelines issued by osteoporosis advocacy organizations. This description of the original article and resulting uproar will provide food for thought if you take calcium.
     The best way to consume enough calcium is to eat a calcium-rich diet. Excessive calcium appears to be harmful, so be careful that your total calcium intake (food + supplement) does not routinely exceed the recommended daily amount if you take a supplement.

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Older man eating fruit - Does washing remove pesticides on produce? Are commercial vegetable washes helpful?
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- How can you pick the best running shoe for yourself? 
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- Learn the health pros and cons of oils from coconut, avocado, and walnut, plus ghee.
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- Men who begin to have frequent problems with achieving or maintaining erections should be screened for cardiovascular problems and diabetes.
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- To evaluate the effectiveness of homeopathy, an Australian agency recently reviewed over 1,800 research studies.

Parents of kids with disabilities...
Graphic of 2 adults & a child ...often need to advocate for their children. If your child is starting out in a new school, these tips may help you work with his or her teacher, therapists, and other staff.
     If your child has physical, mental, or emotional challenges, you can tap into a rich vein of information, emotional support, and guidance by contacting the local nonprofit Parents Helping Parents.
In This Issue
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    All events are open to the public. Some require pre-registration.
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Living well with a chronic health condition (6-week class begins)
Los Gatos - Tues., Sept. 1
Palo Alto - Tues., Sept. 15
Santa Clara - Thurs., Sept. 17
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Parenting a special needs child*
San Jose - Series of 6 presentations on Thursdays
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Preparing your dog for your baby's arrival
Sunnyvale - Tues., Sept. 1
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Laughter yoga for cardiac rehabilitation
Mountain View - Fri., Sept. 4
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Prostate cancer screening - pros & cons
Palo Alto - Tues., Sept. 8
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Working after a stroke
Menlo Park - Tuesdays, Sept. 8 & Sept. 22
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Medicare coverage & options
Fremont - Wed., Sept. 9
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Special education
San Jose - Thurs., Sept. 10
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San Jose - Fri., Sept. 11
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Kids with autism*
San Jose - Sat., Sept. 12
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Back pain
Stanford - Sun., Sept. 13
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Managing chronic pain
Los Gatos - Mon., Sept. 14
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Finding medical information online
Mountain View - Tues., Sept. 15
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Smoking cessation (5-week classes begin)*
San Jose / Los Gatos - Wed., Sept. 16
San Jose - Mon., Oct. 12
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Fitness for youth (ages 8-19) with disabilities*
San Jose - 6-week program begins Thurs., Sept. 17
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Social Security
Sunnyvale - Mon., Sept. 21
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Sleep & menopause
Mountain View - Wed., Sept. 23
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Living well with diabetes
Gilroy - 6-week class begins Thurs., Sept 24
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Palo Alto - Thurs., Sept. 24
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Gilroy - Sat., Sept. 26
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Sunnyvale - Tues., Sept. 29

Palo Alto - Thurs., Oct. 1
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