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April 23, 2001

Learn about macular degeneration at a Braille Institute seminar Thursday. A technology fair and visual-aids consultants also will be available. Braille Institute, Weingart Conference Center, 741 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. (323) 663-1111, Ext. 1519.

EDUCATION

* Tuesday: "The 10 Most Common Hand Problems." Saddleback Memorial Hospital, 24451 Health Center Drive, Laguna Hills. 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Reservations. (949) 452-7255.

* Wednesday: "This Is Not the End of Your Story" will focus on ways to improve your health, be it weight loss, athletic performance or disease prevention. Fullerton College, 315 E. Wilshire Ave., Fullerton. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Reservations. (714) 992-7705.

* Wednesday: "Older Knees: What Do You Do When They Wear Out?" Methodist Hospital, 300 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Reservations. (626) 574-3571.

* Wednesday: "Stroke: The Signs, Symptoms, Risks and Options." Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 8700 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Reservations. (800) CEDARS-1.

* Wednesday: "Living Well With Chronic Conditions." Glendale Memorial Hospital, 1420 S. Central, Glendale. 2:30-4 p.m. Free. Reservations. (818) 502-2348.

* Saturday: "Writing For Wellness," for cancer patients, family members and friends. Wellness Community, 109 W. Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. (310) 376-3550.

* Saturday: "Special Screenings Just for Women." Saddleback Memorial Hospital, 24451 Health Center Drive, Laguna Hills. $10. Reservations. (949) 452-7255.

EVENTS

* Thursday: Diabetes educators will discuss nutrition, exercise and lifestyle tips during a 24-hour chat-a-thon, beginning at 9 a.m. www.diabeteswatch.com.

* Sunday: "Women Now/Mujer de Hoy," a Latina health conference/health screening. East Los Angeles College, 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. (323) 221-0443.

* Sunday: CPR Blitz. Cal State Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. 9-11 a.m. Free. (888) 4-HEARTS or http://www.heartsource.org.

SCREENINGS

* Tay-Sachs gene testing, sponsored by California Tay-Sachs Disease Prevention Program, will be offered Tuesday through Thursday at UCLA. Free. Reservations. (No pregnant women.) (818) 881-1061.

* The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology is offering free asthma screenings. On May 5 at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley, on May 6 at Huntington Beach by the Pier, on May 19 at Victoria Square Shopping Mall in Costa Mesa and the Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Garden Grove. For more information, go to http://allergy.mcg.edu.

STUDY

* Alzheimer's Assn. Center at Cal State Northridge needs family caregivers of people with memory loss or dementia in the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys to participate in a study on caregiving issues. (818) 677-2344.

SUPPORT GROUPS

* Tuesday: Lymphedema group. Torrance Memorial Medical Center, 3330 W. Lomita Blvd., Torrance. Noon-1:30 p.m. (310) 376-3550.

* Thursday: Overeaters Anonymous newcomers meeting, a 12-step program. (Meets every Thursday.) San Pedro Peninsula Hospital, 1300 W. 7th St., San Pedro. 7 p.m. (562) 493-9030.

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