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October 2015
Celebrate with us!
Miniature harpsichord
Harpsichord, 8" long.
    Invite a friend, treat a grandchild, make a date with your mate - or enjoy it by yourself. The Showcase of Miniatures' 40th anniversary will be this coming weekend, October 10 and 11. 
    Extraordinary miniaturists from across the U.S. and around the globe participate in this annual fundraiser for PlaneTree Health Library. It is affordable fun for everyone.
    You will find lots of helpful details in our September newsletter. If you can, we recommend carpooling or using light rail.
    See you at the show!

News You Can Use
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Buyer Beware
Computer mouse and pills
      The Internet is full of websites that look legitimate but sell low-quality drugs and eyeglasses. These sites often falsely claim to be American, Canadian, or British. Many display fake or unearned seals of certification. 
      If you shop online, guard against being sold a product that does not match your physician or eye doctor's prescription. To learn if an (allegedly) American pharmacy or eyeglass retailer meets federal standards, enter the vendor's web address in LegitScript's online checker. A list of major, qualified, American online pharmacies is also available.
      Verify that a pharmacy actually meets Canadian standards by entering the website's URL in the CIPA checker or finding it on this list of IPABC members.

Youth Sports
A variety of sports balls       Reports of post-concussion syndrome in professional athletes are elevating concerns about protecting young athletes' particularly vulnerable brains.
      In the first of two recent articles, the significance, prevalence, and symptoms of head injury are described. The second suggests preventive measures and how to respond if a concussion occurs.

Choking
Woman choking       The Heimlich maneuver is a life-saving technique everyone should know. Can you clearly visualize how to save someone who is choking? If not, learn how. (The advice is different for infants under one year.)
      You could be the person who chokes. The article also explains what to do if you are alone. If it happens when you are with other people, do not leave the room to avoid embarrassment or creating a disturbance. Stay, so others can help and call 911.

Succinctly...
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Couple walking arm-in-arm
      This excellent article describes which over-the-counter drugs are the most effective and safe for various causes of pain.
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      Is cell phone radiation really anything to be concerned about?
      There are a number of options, including an app, for women experiencing menopausal symptoms.
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      It is now possible to avoid carcinogenic flame-retardant chemicals if you know where to shop and how to read labels when buying upholstered furniture.

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      How do you know when it safe to have sex after a heart attack?
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      The supplement yohimbe, advertised as a natural aphrodisiac, has a poor safety record.
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      Exercising hard or doing strenuous work, especially when it is hot, means you should drink a lot to rehydrate, right? Maybe not!

Carnivores' Dilemma
Cattle eating in a feedlot
      Routinely feeding animals with sub-therapeutic levels of antibiotics stimulates growth and prevents disease in animals stressed by poor diets, lack of exercise, filth, and crowding. This enables industrial meat producers (e.g., the enormous feedlots along I-5) to produce meat more cheaply.
      Unfortunately, daily use on such a massive scale contributes to antibiotic resistance. It has therefore been banned in several European countries and Canada - but not in the U.S.
      Some American restaurant chains have announced their intentions to switch to meats produced without the routine use of antibiotics. Learn which have actually done so, which have made progress, and which are still using conventionally grown meats.
      At the supermarket, you can avoid industrially grown meat by purchasing items labeled "antibiotic-free" or "organic."
In This Issue
News You Can Use
Carnivore's Dilemma
Events
    All events are open to the public. Some events require pre-registration.
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"Health Care: The Human Story" by Anna Deavere Smith
Stanford - Tues., Oct. 6
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Breast cancer basics
Mountain View - Tues., Oct. 6

Parenting a child with autism spectrum disorder
Stanford - 5-session workshops begin Wed., Oct. 7 & Fri., Oct. 9

Sunnyvale - Wed., Oct. 7
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Health fair with free screenings
San Jose - Sat. & Sun., October 10-11
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PlaneTree annual fundraiser: Showcase of Miniature Art
San Jose - Sat. & Sun., Oct. 10-11
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Mountain View - Tues., Oct. 13
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Expressive art support group for children of parents with cancer
Mountain View - 6 sessions begin Tues., Oct. 13
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San Jose - Wed., Oct. 14
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Mountain View - Thurs., Oct. 15
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Morgan Hill - Fri., Oct. 16
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Gilroy - Sat., Oct. 17
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San Jose - Mon., Oct. 19
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Walk & talk for caregivers
Sunnyvale - Mon. Oct. 19
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Santa Clara - Tues., Oct. 20
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Palo Alto - Thurs., Oct. 22
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Santa Clara - Mon., Oct. 26
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Milpitas - Mon., Oct. 26
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Sunnyvale - Mon., Oct. 26
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Palo Alto - Thurs., Nov. 5
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