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June 17, 2002

EDUCATION

TUESDAY

* Medicare HMOs will be the focus of a lecture by a UCLA physician. The session will include a discussion of why some HMOs are leaving the area, options for filling in the gaps and the future of Medicare. Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, 1245 16th St., Santa Monica. 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Reservations. (800) 516-5323.

* "Cervical and Other Female Cancers." Northridge Hospital's Roscoe campus, 18300 Roscoe Blvd., Northridge. 6:30 p.m. Free. Reservations. (818) 885-5488.

* "Skin Cancer," sponsored by Methodist Hospital, will focus on prevention, detection and treatment of skin cancer. Arcadia Community Center, 365 Campus Drive, Arcadia. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Reservations. (626) 574-3733 or (626) 574-5130.

WEDNESDAY

* "What to Do About Hair Loss," led by a hair restoration specialist. Huntington Hospital, 100 W. California Blvd., Pasadena, in the Braun Auditorium. 12:30-1:30 p.m. $5 for lunch. Reservations. (626) 397-3147.

THURSDAY

* "Making Sense of Medicare." Little Company of Mary Hospital, Del E. Webb Memorial Center for Health Education, 4101 Torrance Blvd., Torrance. 2-3 p.m. Free. Reservations. (310) 540-9631.

* Pediatric asthma clinic offers evaluation of children who have nighttime coughing, wheezing or difficulty breathing during exercise. Huntington Hospital, 100 W. California Blvd., Pasadena, in the Ambulatory Care Center. 8:30-11 a.m. Free. Reservations. (626) 397-8637 or (626) 795-6981, Ext. 275.

* "Meet the Doctor: Informal Question and Answer on Blood Cancers," led by a hematologist/oncologist. Wellness Community, 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. 6:30-8 p.m. Free. (805) 379-4777 or (310) 216-7600.

SATURDAY

* Multiple sclerosis lecture, led by a nurse from the MS Comprehensive Care Center at USC and by a patient advocate. Hilton Pasadena, 168 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena. Registration, 8 a.m.; program, 9-11 a.m. Reservations. (800) 522-5185.

* "Five Wishes: Going Beyond the Advance Directive for Health Care," led by a chaplain and a nurse, will explain the document called "Five Wishes" that helps you plan for future care in case of serious illness. Huntington Hospital, 100 W. California Blvd., Pasadena, in the Research Conference Hall. 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Reservations. (626) 397-3147.

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EVENTS

SATURDAY

* Great Lung Cancer Round-up, sponsored by Good Samaritan Hospital and the American Cancer Society, will include presentations on early detection and the effects of smoking and secondhand smoke. Good Samaritan Hospital, Moseley-Salvatori Conference Center, 637 S. Lucas Ave., Los Angeles. Registration, 7:30 a.m.; program, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Reservations. (800) GS-CARES.

* Diabetes products fair. Glendale Memorial Hospital, 1410 S. Central Ave., Glendale. Free. (818) 507-4616.

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SUPPORT GROUPS

TODAY

* Lip-reading classes, sponsored by the L.A. Unified School District, in Reseda. (Meets weekly.) Call for location. 9:30-11:30 a.m. (818) 785-8858 or (818) 788-2091.

TUESDAY

and WEDNESDAY

* Brain injury group. (Meets twice weekly.) Northridge Hospital's Roscoe campus, 18300 Roscoe Blvd., Northridge. Tuesday, 7-8:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. (818) 885-8500, Ext. 4865.

ONGOING

* Family Services of Long Beach offers a variety of therapy groups, including ones for adults with attention-deficit disorder, for parents of noncompliant or ADHD children. Fees on a sliding scale, 550 Atherton St., Suite 416, Long Beach. (562) 493-1496.

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