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September 11, 2000|MICHAEL ZIMMERMAN

Leg Disease

Beginning Sunday through Sept. 23, Legs for Life will provide screenings for peripheral vascular disease at various locations throughout Southern California. The potentially fatal disease, caused by blocked blood flow in the arteries of the legs, often causes pain or swelling, difficulty walking, numbness and skin discoloration. For times, sites and further information, call (877) 357-2847 or go to http://www.legsforlife.org.

EDUCATION

* "Take Charge of Your Health: Learn About Breast Self-Exams." Northridge Hospital's Roscoe Campus, Women's Center, 18300 Roscoe Blvd., Northridge. Free. (818) 885-8500, Ext. 4761.

* Tuesdays: An ongoing fitness class for people with arthritis will teach exercise techniques to help reduce pain and maintain muscle strength. Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, 9920 Talbert Ave., Fountain Valley. 11 a.m.-noon. Free. (888) 626-2662.

* Wednesday: The seminar "Placement Options: An Emotional Journey" will cover what to look for when placing a loved one in someone else's care, what to seek in a facility. Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Auditorium, 1500 E. Chevy Chase Drive. 10-11:30 a.m. Free. (818) 409-8100.

LECTURES

* Tuesday: A cancer specialist will discuss "Breast Health," which will cover various diseases of the breast. Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Health Education Auditorium, 1500 E. Chevy Chase Drive. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. (818) 409-8100.

* Thursday: An ophthalmologist will discuss "Cataracts and the Aging Eye." Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Health Education Auditorium, 1500 E. Chevy Chase Drive. 9:30-11 a.m. Free. (818) 409-8100.

SCREENINGS

* Wednesday: Prostate screenings, San Pedro Peninsula Hospital, 1300 W. 7th St., San Pedro. 4:30-6:30 p.m. $15. Reservations are mandatory. Information: (310) 543-5981.

* Thursday: A digital rectal examination and prostate specific antigen test will be made available at a prostate screening at Little Company of Mary Hospital, 4101 Torrance Blvd., Torrance. 4:30-7:30 p.m. $15. (310) 543-5981.

SUPPORT GROUPS

* Monday: The Center for Mood Disorders will begin support groups for people who are experiencing depression or manic depression. Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles, 2050 S. Bundy Drive, Suite 270, West Los Angels. Pre-group interview is required. 1 p.m. (Also Tuesdays, 7 p.m.) Fees vary. Insurance accepted. (310) 820-4111.

* Tuesday: Bilingual Parkinson's support group, Monterey Park. Other Parkinson's groups will meet Wednesday in Long Beach and Thursday in Anaheim. For information about these and other Parkinson's groups in Southern California, including a group for young-onset patients, call the American Parkinson Disease Assn. at (800) 908-2732.

* Wednesday: Group for parents of young children and adolescents with neurobiological disorders, such as ADHD, schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder. Harbor/UCLA Medical Center, Conference Room D2 1/2, 1000 W. Carson Blvd., Torrance. 10 a.m. (310) 547-2277.

* Thursday: Group for family members and friends will meet to discuss the emotional, social and physical aspects of fibromyalgia. Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Greater Valley Medical Group Building, 15031 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills. 6-7:30 p.m. (818) 898-4529.

* Friday: A stroke support group will meet at Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center, Rehabilitation Dining Room, 1420 S. Central Ave. 2-3 p.m. (818) 502-1900, Ext. 4787.

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