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Hearing Loss

March 26, 2001

If you're beginning to lose your hearing or want to know about new types of hearing aids, the seminar "Hearing Loss" could be the one for you. The Wednesday session will include a discussion of hearing tests, hearing aids and insurance. Glendale Adventist Medical Center, 1500 E. Chevy Chase Drive, Glendale, Classroom A. Free. Reservations required. (818) 409-8100.

EDUCATION

* Today: "The New Insulins." Methodist Hospital, Lewis Hall, 300 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia. 7:15-8:15 p.m. Free. (626) 574-3571.

* Tuesday and Wednesday: "Caring for Your Colon." Santa Monica Public Library Auditorium, 1343 6th St. Tuesday: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday: 2-4 p.m. Free. Reservations required. (310) 829-8453.

* Wednesday: "Keeping Your Children Safe" will focus on violence, medication dangers, household hazards, childhood depression, role models and warning signs. Little Company of Mary Hospital, Del E. Webb Center for Health Education (at Earl and Maricopa streets). 7-9 p.m. Free. Reservations requested. (800) 618-6659.

* Wednesday: "Kid's Kitchen," led by a dietitian, will teach parents how to create nutritious meals that children will enjoy. Saddleback Memorial Hospital, 24451 Health Center Drive, Laguna Hills, 3:30-5:00 p.m. Free. (949) 452-7255.

* Thursday: Encore, a pool exercise program for women who have had breast-cancer surgery. (Meets every Thursday.) YWCA, Santa Monica. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Reservations required. (310) 452-3881.

* Saturdays: Qigong class, a Chinese healing technique that promotes health through movement and meditation, for cancer patients and their families. 9-10 a.m. Free. Wellness Community parking lot, 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. (805) 379-4777.

SCREENINGS

* Diabetes screenings at three locations. Tuesday: Foothill Presbyterian Hospital, 250 Grand Ave., Glendora. Wednesday: Citrus Valley Medical Center, Inter-Community Campus, 210 W. San Bernardino Road, Covina. Thursday: Citrus Valley Medical Center, Queen of the Valley Campus, 1115 S. Sunset Ave., West Covina, 8-9:30 a.m. Free. Reservations required. (626) 857-3477.

* Blood-pressure screenings are offered by Glendale Adventist Medical Center seven days a week, 24 hours a day. 1509 Wilson Terrace, Glendale. Free. For information, call (818) 409-8100.

STUDIES

* House Ear Institute in Los Angeles seeks participants, ages 6-11, for the study of a drug that might help with seasonal allergic rhinitis. (213) 353-7025.

* King-Drew Medical Center is seeking men, age 18-75, with low testosterone for a study on a new testosterone preparation. (323) 563-9353.

* USC Keck School of Medicine seeks HIV-positive people who have lost weight for a study of an anabolic steroid and human growth hormone to promote weight gain and improve physical function. (323) 343-8258.

SUPPORT GROUPS

* Today: Multiple sclerosis group. (Meets every fourth Monday.) Sherman Oaks Hospital, Doctors Dining Room, 4929 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Reservations requested. (818) 995-5778.

* Saturday: Prostate cancer support group (spouses also welcome). Wellness Community, 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. 10:30-12:30 p.m. (805) 379-4777.

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