Donya Currie is the editor of The Free Lance-Star's Healthy Life section and Healthy Life Virginia newsletter.

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Good reads

A few things I’d hate for health-conscious readers not to know about:

– First, if you missed it, the president/CEO of the new Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center answered reader questions online a few days ago. One question Tim Tobin addressed was about the need for geriatric care in the area. His words: “SRMC is already NICHE certified. NICHE is the National Institute for Care of Hospitalized Elderly; a specialty focus on taking care of elderly in an acute care setting. We are also working to recruit a Gerontologist to serve our community. I totally agree we need to provide more and better services to our aging community.” (The full transcript is available here.)

– Speaking of late-in-life care, The New Yorker recently published a spectacular piece by Atul Gawande, the superstar surgeon/author, about the wrenching decisions doctors and patients face, and the weight they carry. You can check it out here:

– Upcoming in Healthy Living this Sunday: illuminating pieces about wisdom teeth removal; the psychological barriers to becoming an organ donor; and why you should pay attention to the air quality index, especially if you’re asthmatic, pregnant or have heart or lung diseases.