March 2019
In this issue

How beneficial are detox and cleansing programs and products?
Learn how you can help a loved one who is often anxious.
In a major review of previous research, "no good evidence" was found to indicate that vitamin or mineral supplementation helps middle-aged or older people retain cognitive abilities or prevent dementia. (For technical details, scroll up the linked page.)
Techniques for helping kids manage pain can be explored in these blog posts, videos, and other items.
Parents will appreciate this sensible advice on helping teenage girls (and probably boys too) cope with stress and anxiety.

Women's Health
A gynecologist's replies to questions submitted by New York Times readers are fun and quite informative. The initial entries are very brief, but "Learn more" links provide more information about each topic. If you would like to dig deeper into a topic, explore the websites of the federal Office of Women's Health and Our Bodies Ourselves.
Using a laser or radiofrequency device to treat vaginal conditions related to sexual function, menopause, urinary incontinence can result in "serious adverse events," warns the FDA.
For women ages 30 to 65, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has green-lighted HPV testing as an alternative to Pap smears for cervical cancer screening.
If you have a condition which may lead to a hysterectomy, the results of a major study comparing survival rates after laparoscopic and open surgeries will be of interest. 
Penicillin Allergies
Do you think you are allergic to penicillin?
Among Americans who believe they are allergic to penicillin, only about 5 percent actually are. Learn about the process for determining a true penicillin allergy and why having an accurate assessment would be beneficial.
Cancer Screening Tests You May Not Need
If you have never had a suspicious skin lesion and are not at high risk of developing skin cancer, do you need a doctor to perform an annual check for skin cancer?
Annual digital rectal exams for prostate cancer are no longer advised. If your doctor plans to do one, you may want to ask about its purpose and value.
Direct-to-consumer genetic tests provide very little useful information about breast cancer risk to most women.
Recent research found that having a simple ovarian cyst does not increase a woman's risk of developing ovarian cancer, so imaging to routinely monitor a cyst is unnecessary.
You can use a tool offered by to learn which screening tests are currently recommended for men and women.
Don't Flush!
Disposable Contact Lenses
Learn why contact lenses should not be tossed into the toilet.  
Disposable Wipes 
Whether you use them for removing makeup, wiping a child's hands, or your own trips to the bathroom, wipes belong in your trash can , not your toilet - even those that are labeled "flushable."  
Unconvinced? Check out this video.
Unused Drugs
Do you have old prescription drugs around your home? Getting rid of unwanted bottles and tubes de-clutters shelves, drawers, and countertops - and could save a family member or guest from being tempted to use certain drugs inappropriately.
In decades past, we were advised to flush old meds down the toilet, but that causes hard-to-treat water pollution and harm to wildlife. The best option is to take them to a disposal site at a pharmacy or government agency.
Residents of Santa Clara County, California have many convenient drop-off locations to choose among. If you live elsewhere, use these online locators to discover non-commercial sites and participating Walgreens stores. Some CVS pharmacies also have disposal bins. If there are no take-back programs in your area, use this method of disposal unless a product label specifically instructs you to flush the leftover contents.

All events are open to the public. Some require pre-registration.
Los Gatos - Thursdays
San Jose - Saturdays
Palo Alto - Sat., 3/2
Mountain View - Mon., 3/4
Pain control & anesthesia
San Jose - Tuesdays, 3/5 & 4/2
Gilroy - Wed., 3/6
San Jose - 4-session class begins Wed., 3/6
Sunnyvale - 4-session class begins Thurs., 3/21
Campbell - Thurs., 3/7
Palo Alto - Thurs., 3/7
San Jose - Thurs., 3/7
San Jose - Sat., 3/9
Mountain View - Sat., 3/9
Palo Alto - Mon., 3/11 & 4/8
San Jose - Tues., 3/12
Mountain View - Tues., 3/12
Los Gatos - 4-session class begins Wed., 3/13
San Jose - Wed., 3/13
Los Gatos - Wed., 3/13
Information about senior & caregiver services provided by Sourcewise (formerly the Council on Aging; scroll down the page)
San Jose - Wed., 3/13 & 3/20
Life after cancer treatment, for survivors of breast and ovarian cancer (see p. 3)
Palo Alto - Thurs., 3/14
Santa Clara - Sat., 3/16
Mountain View - Mon., 3/25
San Jose - Sat., 3/16
Santa Clara - Mon., 3/18
Palo Alto - Tues., 3/19
Mountain View - Tues., 3/19
Mountain View - Thurs., 3/21
Autism conference (fee; scholarships available)
Stanford - Sat., 3/23
Pain (presented in Mandarin)
Cupertino - Sun., 3/24
Santa Clara - 3-sesson class begins Mon., 3/25
Palo Alto - Tues., 3/26
Mountain View - Wed., 3/27
Los Gatos - Thurs., 3/28
Mountain View - Sat., 3/30
Colon cancer prevention (presented in Mandarin)
Cupertino - Sun., 3/31
Gilroy - Wed., 4/3
Sunnyvale - Mon., 4/4

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