November-December 2017
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Played too loudly, headphones can permanently damage a child's hearing. Parents can select among various hardware and software options to make sure the volume does not exceed safe levels.
Are raw or cooked vegetables more nutritious, and which cooking methods preserve the most nutrients? 
Information about asthma, nebulizer treatments, and peak flow meters is available in a variety of languages.
A recent research review suggests pain patients addicted to opioids can be successfully weaned off of pain medication while simultaneously improving their pain control. 

Ticks & Lyme Disease
In 2015, Santa Clara County had 10 confirmed and probable cases of Lyme disease. California's carriers of the disease, immature nymphs and adults of the Western black-legged tick, are probably most active mid-winter through mid-summer in our area. Learn how to prevent a tick bite, how to safely remove an embedded tick, and when you should see a doctor if you are bitten.  
Information about the ticks that carry Lyme disease and the disease itself is available from the University of California. 
In recent years, ticks and the diseases they spread have been expanding into new areas across the nation. This article explains why.

Preventing a Suicide
If you are concerned that someone may be at risk of suicide, this website has guidance to help you decide whether and how to take action. Included is information on alerting various social media platforms that a user has posted concerning material.
Parents sometimes fail to recognize when teens are contemplating taking their own lives. If you are a parent, learn about suicide risk factors and warning signs in adolescents, preventive steps you can take, and how to talk with your teen about suicide.
Health Insurance Shopping
Politicking over health care legislation has gotten oodles of news coverage, but helpful guidance for consumers has been scarce. Open enrollment for coverage next year will begin on November 1. Although enrollment in most states will close on December 15, Californians can sign up with Covered California until January 31, 2018.
This article about changes in the market concludes with tips for finding more affordable insurance.
Parents who cannot get insurance for themselves may be able to obtain it for their children: Healthy Kids is available to Santa Clara County minors whose families do not qualify for Medi-Cal but earn less than 300% of the federal poverty level. And parents who are ineligible for insurance because of their unlawful immigration status may obtain coverage for their lawfully present children through Covered California.

All events are open to the public. Some require pre-registration.
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Mountain View - multiple dates
Stanford - second & fourth Mondays of every month
San Jose - various weekly classes
Medicare in 2018
Mountain View - Fri., 11/17
San Jose - Sat., 11/4
San Jose - Sat., 11/4
Mountain View - Sun., 11/5
Memory loss, dementia, & Alzheimer's
Santa Clara - Tues., 11/7
Sunnyvale - Thurs., 12/7
Mountain View - Tues., 11/7
San Jose - Wed., 11/8
Palo Alto - Wed., 11/8
Palo Alto - Thurs., 11/9 
San Jose - Tues., 11/14
San Jose - Tues., 11/14
San Jose - Wed., Nov. 15
Santa Clara - Thurs., 11/16
San Jose - Mon., 11/20
San Jose - Tues., 11/21
Sunnyvale - 4-session class begins Wed., 11/29
Los Altos - Thurs., 11/30
Oral health (presentation for kids)
San Jose - multiple dates, beginning in Dec. (not listed in chronological order) 
San Jose - Sat., 12/2
Stanford - Sat., 12/2

Palo Alto - Tues., 12/5
San Jose - Mon., 12/11

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