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Health Watch

June 24, 2002

EDUCATION

TODAY

* "How Stress May Affect the Digestive System." UCLA Medical Center, Room 23-105, Los Angeles. 5-6 p.m. Free, but parking is $6. (310) 825-5300.

* Lip-reading class, sponsored by L.A. Unified School District. (Meets weekly.) 9:30-11:30 a.m. In Reseda. Free. (818) 785-8858.

TUESDAY

* "The Aging Spine," for senior citizens and led by a doctor, will explain prevention and treatment of spine problems associated with aging. Glendale Memorial Hospital, 1420 S. Central Ave., Glendale. 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Reservations required. (818) 502-2396.

WEDNESDAY

* "New Technologies to Improve Your Hearing," led by an audiologist. Huntington Hospital, 100 W. California Blvd., Pasadena. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch $5. (626) 397-3147.

THURSDAY

* Macular degeneration seminar, sponsored by Braille Institute and led by an ophthalmologist. Westside Pavilion, Robinsons-May (third level), 10730 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. 1-3 p.m. Free. Reservations required. (323) 663-1111, Ext. 1519.

SATURDAY

* "Frankly Speaking About Lymphoma," a symposium to educate individuals with lymphoma and their families about advances in diagnosis and treatment--and the importance of psychosocial support. City of Hope Cancer Center, 1500 E. Duarte Road, Duarte, in the Platt Conference Center. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. Reservations required. (626) 796-1083.

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EVENTS

SATURDAY

* Women's and Family Wellness Fair will offer body fat, cholesterol and skin screenings, plus information booths on women's health issues. Children's activities included. Northridge Hospital Medical Center, 18300 Roscoe Blvd., Northridge. Free. (818) 885-5482.

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STUDIES

* UCLA addiction researchers are seeking people with gambling problems for a study of an experimental drug to help reduce gambling behavior. (888) 699-7878.

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SUPPORT GROUPS

MONDAY

* Better Breathers group, for people living with a lung disorder. (Meets fourth Monday of each month.) Northridge Hospital's Sherman Way Campus, 14500 Sherman Circle, Van Nuys. 1-3 p.m. Free. Reservations required. (818) 901-4522.

TUESDAY

* L.A. Help, for people with herpes, will meet at Westwood United Methodist Church (upstairs auditorium) 10497 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 7-10 p.m. (310) 281-7511 or www.lahelp.org.

* Us Too prostate cancer group. (Meets fourth Tuesday of each month.) Long Beach Memorial Hospital, 28th and Atlantic, Long Beach, in the Radiation and Oncology Lab. 7 p.m. (562) 430-6110.

* Survivors of Suicide group for friends and family members who have committed suicide. (Meets every Tuesday.) Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, 12401 Washington Blvd., Whittier, in the Flo and Frank L. Scott Conference Center, Room B. 7-8:30 p.m. $25 onetime fee. Reservations required. (562) 698-1272.

WEDNESDAY

* Support group, which is sponsored by National Alliance on Mental Illness, for people who have a loved one suffering from mental illness. Mental Health Center, 14545 Sherman Circle, Van Nuys. 6:45-9 p.m. Free. (818) 994-6747.

* Fibromyalgia group. Hoag Hospital Cancer Center Auditorium, 1 Hoag Drive, Newport Beach. 7:30 p.m. Free. Reservations required. (714) 840-8038.

THURSDAY

* Group for family and friends of cancer patients, sponsored by UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center. (Meets weekly.) 200 Medical Plaza Building, Suite 502, Los Angeles. 2:45-4:15 p.m. Free, but parking is $7. (310) 794-6365.

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