September 2017
In this issue
Fall Through the Rabbit Hole...

Miniature white bunny 
_ .1.5-inch tall rabbit .. _ by Takumi Takanashi 
...and into a land of miniatures for a few delightful hours during the weekend of October 7 and 8!
Join us for the Showcase of Miniatures, the largest miniature show west of the Mississippi. You'll marvel over the level of artisanship. This is a juried show, with world-class miniaturists vying to be among its 100 vendors. Browsing their booths, you could encounter impressionist oil paintings, a dinosaur driving her convertible, and scrumptious-looking strawberry tarts. There will also be exhibits and activities for adults and kids.
Plan for a fun outing with friends or a child at this annual fundraiser for our services in downtown San Jose. Here's what you'll want to know before you go.


A change of residence - across the country or just across town - is hard on everyone, but you can make moving less stressful for your dog or cat
Does everyone in your family who enjoys wading or swimming at the beach know what to do if caught in a rip current
Teachers, parents, and others who care for children with severe allergies sometimes fail to recognize warning signs of a serious allergic reaction or administer epinephrine promptly. Make sure you know what to do. 
Here are tips for dealing with dry eyes.  
Meet challenging stressors with more resilience with these seven approaches.  

Women's Health
Advertisements for a new, expensive genetic test urge women to "take control of your biological clock." But there is no evidence that the test's results will help women make better decisions regarding family planning or fertility treatment.  
Condoms for women, or internal condoms, are nearly as effective as male condoms in preventing pregnancy. Their advantages include more effectively preventing STDs in women. The only internal condom approved by the FDA has recently become available by prescription, and is thus free for women with health insurance. (For information on the most effective forms of contraception, please see " Birth Control" in our January 2016 issue.)    
If you are pregnant, you may want to avoid taking a class of antibiotics previously thought to be safe. A large-scale study found an increased risk of birth defects with quinolones (ciprofloxacin and many others).
In the past, a diagnosis of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), typically led to aggressive treatment. As the podcast explains, management of DCIS has become more nuanced as we have learned that DCIS usually does not become malignant. 

Health Insurance for International Travelers
Most domestic health insurance policies, including Medicare, provide little-to-no coverage for medical care received outside the U.S. This guide will help you prepare for possible health care expense before you travel abroad.   
Screening for Cancer
We often think of cancer screening tests as life savers - and indeed they can be - but they also potentially expose us to very real harms. When the recommended ages for a screening exam changes, it is because new knowledge has changed experts' calculus of the test's relative risks and benefits.  
If you have no known risk factors, it is best to avoid breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer screening exams when you are younger or older than guidelines recommend. This article explains why, and also lists the ages at which various screening exams are recommended. 
Antique Oak Table Available
Antique Oak Table
After 28+ years of faithful service, our beloved patron table is retiring this month. It needs a new home by September 27.
Mounted on easy-rolling caster wheels, it is 45 inches wide and still structurally solid. It expands from 64 to 88 inches long when its two leaves are added. Oak with a dark walnut oil finish, the table's top surface has some wear and stains; it would look best refinished or used with a tablecloth.
Please share this newsletter with anyone who might give it a happy and useful retirement from our library. Interested parties should email us. We will sell to the individual or business making the best offer, or donate to another nonprofit organization.

All events are open to the public. Some require pre-registration.
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San Jose - Multiple classes, starting in September
Stanford - 2nd & 4th Mondays of every month
Meditation & breathing for stress management
San Jose - Saturdays
San Jose - Wed., 9/13
San Jose - 6-week class begins Sun., 9/3
San Jose - 6 classes (available a la carte or as a course), Wednesdays 9/6-10/11
Santa Clara - Tues., 9/5
San Jose - Thurs., 9/7
Cupertino - Sun., 9/10
Santa Clara - Mon., 9/11
Palo Alto - Tues., 9/12
Palo Alto - Tues., 9/12
Psychiatric drugs (see p. 1)
San Jose - Tues., 9/12
Campbell - Fri., 9/15
Pain management (in Mandarin Chinese)
Cupertino - Sat., 9/16
San Jose - 5-session class begins Sat., 9/16
San Jose - Sat., 9/16
Santa Clara - Sat., 9/16
Pain relief (separate sessions in English and Mandarin Chinese; enter "pain relief" in the search box)
Cupertino - Saturdays, 9/16, 9/23, & 9/30
San Jose - Mon., 9/18
Palo Alto - Tues., 9/19
Mountain View - Wed., 9/20
Palo Alto - Thurs., 9/21
Santa Clara - Thurs., 9/21
Los Altos - Thurs., 9/21
Palo Alto - Tues., 9/26
Los Gatos - Tues., 9/26
Gilroy - Tues., 9/26
Palo Alto - Tues., 9/26
Palo Alto - Wed., 9/27
Sunnyvale - Thurs., Oct. 5

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