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

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Drug shortages

Dr. Frederick Tucker, a local oncologist, has written an interesting column on the challenges doctors and patients are facing because of a shortage of some proven, affordable cancer medicines. Check out his column in Sunday’s Healthy Living or on our FredMD site,

Also on the site and in the section, you’ll find:

  • a really simple and effective strategy for shopping and eating well, courtesy of dietitian/columnist Jennifer Motl
  • a story about doctors’ efforts to minimize the risk of radiation exposure to children who need CT scans and other tests.

A couple of things coming up in the community that you might want to know about:

  • a free eye screening organized by the Fredericksburg Area Lions Clubs for preschool-aged children, March 30 at the Ron Rosner Family YMCA in Spotsylvania County, starting at 9:30 a.m. Call 540-735-9622 or 540-656-0098 for details.
  • a Grief 101 class focused on expectations about grief, and healthy responses to those expectations, with a particular focus on people who want to be supportive of a grieving loved one. The class is April 2 at Joseph-Beth Booksellers from 3-4 p.m. To register or for more information, contact Diane Ebenal with Mary Washington Hospice at or call 540/741.2377.