September 2016
In this issue
October 8 & 9
A World Apart

Clown teddy bear
You've heard of things being larger than life. How about smaller than life - much, much smaller? We invite you to step into an alternate universe at the Showcase of Miniatures, the largest miniature show west of the Mississippi. Affordable fun for ages 5 to 95, this annual fundraiser for PlaneTree Health Library will be held in San Jose the second weekend in October.

Grab a friend, a child, your spouse - or all three! - and take a fun tour of the amazing world of miniatures this fall. Here is what you'll want to know before you go.

Menopause & HRT

In 2002, a study raised concerns that hormone replacement therapy (HRT), a treatment often used to relieve hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause, increased the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and breast cancer. Since then, many women and their doctors have avoided HRT.

With more studies and a deeper understanding of the original research, scientists now believe that starting treatment upon, or shortly after, entering menopause is safe. For some patients, HRT may even lessen cardiovascular and cancer risks. If you are newly menopausal and suffering, or if you have had a hysterectomy, this article will be of interest.

Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's disease (PD) medications need to be taken at the same time every day to avoid serious problems. Unfortunately, a patient's daily medication routine may not mesh with the routines of a hospital or other care facility. In addition, some commonly used drugs and procedures can be inappropriate for people with PD.

If you or a loved one has PD, you can prepare for the possibility of hospitalization or a rehabilitation stay by requesting an "Aware in Care" kit from the National Parkinson Foundation. It contains information and materials to help you ensure schedules and treatments are adjusted appropriately.

Opioid Addiction

This excellent article describes helpful - and counterproductive - ways to interact with a loved one who is addicted to heroin, oxycodone, Vicodin, or other opioid. It also provides advice on finding effective treatment for yourself or a loved one. Many, many doctors and clinics fail to offer evidence-based care, so knowing what to look for in a program is vital for long-term success.


Many women can obtain prescription contraceptives without visiting a clinic or doctor's office, thus saving time and money.

Self-care is usually sufficient to heal hemorrhoids and prevent a re-occurrence.

If you receive dental x-rays annually, you may be getting exposed to radiation for little to no benefit.

A recent British study compared the side effects of four commonly prescribed medications for bipolar disorder.

If you keep epinephrine on hand for a severe allergy and need to pay less than the options recently offered by EpiPen's manufacturer, here are some alternatives.

If you were alarmed by recent news articles about a possible association between acetaminophen use during pregnancy and ADHD, here's why you should view those reports with skepticism.

These links have information about a newly approved cure for hepatitis C, its cost, and additional details.
Fecal incontinence...

... is a problem for about 8% of American adults. If you have been too embarrassed to raise the issue with your health care provider, you'll be glad to know that accidental bowel leakage can usually be resolved with self-care and, if necessary, medical treatment. Information is available in lay language and technical detail.

Community Events

All events are open to the public. Some require pre-registration.
.....* Fee for participation
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Yoga & meditation for cancer patients, caregivers, & survivors
Mountain View - every Thursday

Art therapy for cancer patients & caregivers
Mountain View - Fridays, Sept. 9-30

Pelvic floor exercises for women*
Mountain View - 3-week class begins Tues., Sept. 6

Social event for individuals with head injuries*
Campbell - Tues., Sept. 6

Free flu shot
San Jose - Tues., Sept. 6, 7, & 13

Coping skills for pregnant women & new moms concerned about stress and/or depression*
Los Gatos - 6-week class begins Wed., Sept. 7

Senior nutrition & dietary supplements
San Jose - Wed., Sept. 8

Harmonica therapy for pulmonary diseases (beginner or advanced)
Mountain View - Fri., Sept. 9

Finding a job after a cancer-related gap in your work history^
Palo Alto - Sat., Sept. 10

Prostate cancer
Sunnyvale - Sat., Sept. 10

Preparing a child for a new sibling*
Mountain View - Sun., Sept. 11

Wheelchair sports for ages 5-22*
San Jose - 11-week program begins Sun., Sept. 11

Mental health services for kids (see p. 1)
San Jose - Tues., Sept. 13

Osteoporosis exercise & education*
Los Gatos - 5-week class begins Tues., Sept. 13

Advocating for educational services for a child with a learning disability or ADHD*
San Jose - Tues., Sept., 13

Benign prostate enlargement (BPH)
Palo Alto - Tues., Sept. 13

Parenting for good health (series of 3 drop-in classes)
Sunnyvale - Tues., Sept. 13, 20, & 27
Mountain View - Wed., Sept. 28, Oct. 5 & 12

Statins & risk of type 2 diabetes^
Palo Alto - Thurs., Sept. 15

Marijuana & youth
San Jose - Thurs., Sept. 15 & 22

Veterans with a mental illness (for family & friends)
San Jose - 6-week class begins Thurs., Sept. 15

Recent advances in Alzheimer's disease research
Sunnyvale - Thurs., Sept. 15

Preparing for pregnancy*
Los Gatos - Thurs., Sept. 15

Screening of an inspirational film about gynecological cancer surgeons, their rock-and-roll band, & their patients^
Palo Alto - Fri., Sept. 16

Keeping individuals with developmental disabilities safe
San Jose - Sat., Sept. 17

Meditation (series of 4 drop-in workshops)
San Jose -Sat., Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 1, & Oct. 8

Challenging behaviors in young kids with special needs
San Jose - Tues., Sept. 20

Puberty & kids with special needs
Los Altos - Wed., Sept. 21

Medicare basics & updates
Mountain View - Wed., Sept. 21

Fitness for youth, ages 14-22, with cognitive disabilities*
San Jose - 7-week program begins Thurs., Sept. 22

Infant safety*
Mountain View - Sun., Sept. 25

San Jose - series of 8 drop-in classes on Tuesdays begins Sept. 27

Oral health during cancer treatment
Mountain View - Tues., Sept. 27

Urinary incontinence in women
Mountain View - Tues., Sept. 27

Patients' rights during involuntary psychiatric (5150) holds (see p. 2)
Gilroy - Wed., Sept. 28

Breast cancer basics (lecture in Mandarin)
Mountain View - Wed., Sept. 28

Pelvic problems after giving birth^
Palo Alto - Thurs., Sept 29

Senior resource & wellness fair
San Jose - Thurs., Sept. 29

Mindfulness for stress during infertility treatment
San Jose - Wed, Oct. 5

Save the Date!
Caregiver conference*
Mountain View - Sat., Oct. 22

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