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January 07, 2002

EDUCATION

TODAY

* "Goal Setting: The Last Eight Weeks" and "Common Problems: Prevention ... Treatment," both led by doctors, will launch a series of Monday seminars in honor of the Los Angeles Marathon. City of Angels Medical Center, 1711 W. Temple St., Los Angeles. 6:30 p.m. Free. Reservations required. (213) 989-6117 or (310) 257-6494.

TUESDAY

* "An Overview of Chronic Lung Conditions" will launch a three-Tuesday lecture series, focusing on treatments, diagnostics and techniques for healthy breathing. Saddleback Memorial Medical Center, 24451 Health Center Drive, Laguna Hills. 2-4 p.m. Free. Reservations required. (949) 452-7255.

* "X-Rays to CAT Scans: What Is New in Diagnostic Imaging," a seminar for senior citizens. Glendale Memorial Hospital, 1420 S. Central Ave., Glendale. 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Reservations required. (818) 502-2396.

* "Successful Self Breast Exam" will teach self-examination techniques and breast cancer prevention. Citrus Valley Medical Center, Queen of the Valley campus, 1115 S. Sunset Ave., West Covina. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. (626) 962-4011.

* Environmental pollutants and cancer program, led by a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, will discuss the most common environmental carcinogens and how to reduce exposure to chemicals that are known or suspected causes of cancer. Tedd Mann Family Resource Center, a division of UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center, is sponsoring the event. RPB Auditorium, UCLA. Free, but parking is $6. 7-9 p.m. (310) 794-6644.

THURSDAY

* "Urine Control Means You're in Control," led by a urologist and a gynecologist. Northridge Hospital's Roscoe campus, 18300 Roscoe Blvd., Northridge. 6-8 p.m. Free. Reservations required. (818) 885-5482.

FRIDAY

* "Advance Healthcare Directives" will explain legal issues, the types of advance health-care directives recognized in California, and how to complete the forms. UC Irvine Medical Center, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Free for UCI patients, $10 for non-patients. (877) UCI-DOCS.

SATURDAY

* "Preventing, Treating and Coping With Key Diseases of the 21st Century," led by medical experts from UCLA, will focus on bioterrorism, cancer, diabetes and nutrition. UCLA's Department of Medicine is sponsoring the event. L.J. West Auditorium, Neuropsychiatric Institute, UCLA, 760 Westwood Plaza. 9-11:30. Free. (310) 794-1958.

SUPPORT GROUPS

TUESDAY

* Macular degeneration group (meets second Thursday of each month), UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute, 100 Stein Plaza, Room BH-748, Westwood. Free. (818) 782-6381.

WEDNESDAY

* Grief Outreach group, for anyone over 18 who has lost a loved one (meets 10 Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 9). Citrus Valley Medical Center, Queen of the Valley Campus, 1115 S. Sunset Ave., West Covina. 7-9 p.m. Free. Reservations required. (626) 962-4011.

* Mental illness group, for anyone with a loved one suffering from mental illness. Mental Health Center, 14545 Sherman Circle, Van Nuys. 6:45-9 p.m. Free. No reservations necessary. (818) 994-6747.

* The Young Parkinson's Disease group (meets second Wednesday of every other month), Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, 9920 Talbert Ave., 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. (877) 610-2732.

ONGOING

* Professional or informal support groups, sponsored by RESOLVE of Orange County, are available for those suffering from infertility. (949) 451-8437 or www.resolveoc.org.

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