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Walk for Life

April 30, 2001

Join the Children's Walk for Life to benefit Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA. The Sunday event will feature a 5K walk around UCLA, in Westwood, plus a keynote speaker, prizes, games and refreshments. (310) 825-LIFE or http://www.studentgroups.ucla.edu/kidswalk.

EDUCATION

* Today: "Common Exercise Injuries." Beach Cities Health Center, 514 N. Prospect St., Redondo Beach. 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Reservations requested. (310) 374-3426, Ext. 126.

* Today: "Side Effects and Symptom Strategy Session," led by an oncology nurse, will focus on managing cancer treatment more comfortably. Wellness Community, 200 E. Del Mar Ave., Pasadena. 7-8 p.m. Free. (626) 796-1083.

* Wednesday: "Overcoming Anxiety, Panic and Phobias." Santa Monica Main Library, 1343 6th St. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. (310) 391-3853.

* Thursday: "Straight Talk About Cancer," led by the medical director of USC Norris Cancer Hospital, will focus on what cancer is, what causes it, how cancers can be treated and new advances in early diagnosis and treatment. USC Health Science campus, Doheny Eye Institute Auditorium, 1450 San Pablo St., Los Angeles. 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Reservations required. (800) USC-CARE.

* Saturday: "ALS Research, Building a Future on Hope" will answer questions about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease). The ask-the-experts program is sponsored by the ALS Assn. Box lunches will be served. Radisson Hotel, 6161 W. Centinela Ave., Culver City. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Reservations required. (818) 865-8067.

* Saturday: "Look Good, Feel Better" will offer makeup, wig and accessory tips for women affected by chemotherapy. Northridge Hospital's Roscoe campus, 18300 Roscoe Blvd., Northridge. 9 a.m. Free. Reservations required. (818) 885-8500.

* Saturday: "When a Child Has a Neurological Disorder," for families, caregivers and health-care providers. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Harvey Morse Auditorium, 8700 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Limited seating. Reservations required. (800) CEDARS-1.

SCREENINGS

* Wednesday: Anxiety screenings. Las Encinas Hospital, 2900 E. Del Mar Blvd., Pasadena. 3-7 p.m. Free. (800) 792-2345.

* Friday: Blood pressure screenings. Glendale Memorial Hospital's Senior Service Center, 1330 S. Glendale Ave., Glendale. Free. (818) 502-2396.

STUDIES

* UCLA researchers are looking for adults with emphysema for a nine-month study to assess the effectiveness of retinoic acids, derivatives of vitamin A, as a possible treatment for emphysema. (310) 825-3421.

* USC researchers are seeking healthy volunteers over 40 to participate in a 2 1/2-year study to determine if taking certain vitamins may help reduce the hardening of arteries. (866) 240-1489.

SUPPORT GROUPS

* Wednesday: Alzheimer's disease caregivers group (meets every Wednesday), Valley Presbyterian Hospital, Health Education Center, 15107 Vanowen St., Van Nuys. 6:30 p.m. Free. Reservations required. (818) 902-3911.

* Friday: Parkinson's education group (meets first Friday of each month), Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, 12401 Washington Blvd., Whittier. Free. 9:30-11:30 a.m. (562) 698-3253.

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