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

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$732 in unnecessary medical tests?

If you haven’t seen my colleague Jim Hall’s story on NextCare Urgent Care, be sure to check it out here. It discusses allegations that NextCare, which has clinics in Stafford and Spotsylvania counties, routinely had patients undergo $732 in tests — including an allergy test involving  62 separate skin pricks – regardless of the patients’ health.

The story is one of several featured in today’s Healthy Life Virginia newsletter, which also shares a recipe for vegetarian split pea soup, plus news about childhood obesity rates dropping in some states. Click here to read today’s newsletter.

And now an update: A public forum on lupus that had been scheduled for tonight has been postponed because of the weather. The Lupus Foundation of Virginia’s Fredericksburg chapter will reschedule it.