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Some Easy to Digest Answers

May 22, 1996

How often should you be screened for colorectal cancer?

What are effective ways to relieve constipation and gas?

Is heartburn a serious problem?

Gastroenterologists will be available by phone today to answer these and other digestive health questions from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The information line, sponsored by the American Gastroenterological Assn., is part of Digestive Disease Week.

For help call: (800) 668-5237 (English); (800) 707-1252 (Spanish).

Camps for Kids With Asthma

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Some parents are concerned about sending children with asthma to summer camp. The American Lung Assn.'s Asthma Camps try to remove that fear, says association president Jacqueline McLeod. "Trained personnel teach the children how to manage their asthma while enjoying regular camp activities such as swimming, bicycling, and arts and crafts," she says.

Call (800) LUNG-USA for details about the asthma camps.

EVENTS TODAY

* Providence St. Joseph Medical Center offers a seminar on "The Myths of Incontinence." Free; lunch will be served. Noon to 1:30 p.m. in the auditorium. 501 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank. Reservations required: (818) 843-5111, Ext. 3054.

* A free community forum to discuss osteoporosis will be held at Methodist Hospital. 7 p.m. 300 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia; (818) 574-3733 .

* "Menopause: A Positive Change" will be discussed. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Bay Shores Medical Group, 19601 Mariner Ave., Torrance. Reservations: (310) 214-0811, Ext. 7920.

THURSDAY

* "Sun, Skin and You" will be discussed at Northridge Hospital Medical Center. Free. 1-4 p.m. 18300 Roscoe Blvd., Northridge. Reservations: (800) 922-0000.

* "Home Safety" is a free seminar from 2-3:30 p.m. Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center, Auditorium, 1420 S. Central Ave., Glendale; (818) 502-2348.

MAY 29

* "The Benefit of Exercise Is Ageless," sponsored by Daniel Freeman Hospitals (Inglewood and Marina del Rey) and St. John's Hospital and Health Center (Santa Monica), is a free fitness expo for senior citizens. 10 a.m.-noon. Milton Berle will offer seniors complimentary signed copies of his fitness video "Low Impact, High Comedy." 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Veterans Memorial Park, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City. Reservations required: (888) 9-PARTNERS.

MAY 30

* "Osteoporosis: Words of Wisdom" is a free community forum at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 501 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank; (818) 843-5111, Ext. 3054.

* Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center is hosting a free seminar on "Disease Prevention for Women." 7-8:30 p.m. in the auditorium. 1420 S. Central Ave., Glendale; (818) 502-2348.

JUNE 1

* A parent seminar on "Childhood Asthma" will be held from 8:30 a.m. (registration) until 12:30 p.m. Free. Children's Hospital of Orange County, 455 S. Main St., Orange. Reservations required: (714) 532-8887.

* The city of Montclair's "International Fair & Family Health Expo" will include free and low-cost health screenings and child immunizations. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Montclair Community Center, 5111 Benito St., Montclair; (909) 625-9460.

* A "Strollercise" class for expectant and new moms will teach safe exercises at Methodist Hospital. Bring baby in a stroller. 9-11 a.m. $15 per person or couple. 300 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia. Reservations required: (818) 574-3473.

JUNE 2

* The annual "Cleft Parent Guild Picnic"takes place at Charles Wilson Community Park, Washington Ave., Torrance. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call (805) 297-2112 for details, directions and to see how you can help organize the outing.

In Brief . . .

* Overeaters Anonymous Newcomer's groups meet every week in Orange County. Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m., West Newport Community Center, 883 W. 15th St. #5, Newport Beach; (714) 953-0900. Fridays, 8-9:30 p.m., Orange County Intergroup Office Meeting Room, 2110 E. 1st St. #123, Santa Ana; (714) 953-0900 .

* This health roundup appears on Wednesdays. Items to be considered should be mailed 3 1/2 weeks before the event to Candace A. Wedlan, Health Watch, Los Angeles Times, Times Mirror Square, Los Angeles, CA 90053. Fax: (213) 237-4712.

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