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A back care class for persons suffering from back pain or wishing to prevent it will be taught by physical therapists Jan. 7 at 6 p.m. in Sisters Hospital. A physician referral is required. For information, call 862-1170.

A smoking cessation class on use of the nicotine patch will be held Monday at 2 p.m. in Buffalo General Hospital. For information, call Mary Kennedy at 859-1890.

"Living With Diabetes," a three-session program for adults with diabetes, will begin next Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Buffalo General Hospital. To register, call Helen Jones at 859-2857.

"When Every Bite Counts," a free program for cancer patients on improving nutritional intake while undergoing treatment, will be presented Jan. 7 at 1 p.m. in Sisters Hospital. For reservations, call 862-1087.

Support group meetings, with telephone numbers to call for information, include cancer patients and their families, next Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Windsong Medical Park, 45 Spindrift Drive Suite 100, Williamsville, (800) 743-6724 . . . prostate cancer, Us Too! of Western New York, next Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst, seeds (radiation therapy) will be discussed, 515-3933.

A PACE (People with Arthritis Can Exercise) program will be offered by Sisters Hospital this spring, meeting twice a week for six weeks. The series is conducted in conjunction with the Western New York chapter of the Arthritis Foundation and consists of exercises and activities to increase mobility and function. For information, call 862-1172.

A diabetes management three-session course for persons with diabetes will begin next Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in Upper Mountain Fire Hall, Lewiston. Evening classes will begin Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston. To register for either series, call 298-2145.

Free and confidential examination, diagnosis and treatment for HIV and sexually transmitted diseases is available through the Erie County Health Department Preventive Health Services Clinic. Hours are 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday at 95 Franklin St., Room 262. Appointments are not necessary and other locations are available. For information, call 858-7687.

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