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Health News-A new name for the ’Skins?

Dr. Paul Fiore, a Fredericksburg infectious disease specialist, once worked with the Choctaws in the Indian Health Service. He believes that the name of Washington’s professional football team, the R——s, as he calls them, should be changed. His piece appeared in the Viewpoints section of the Free Lance-Star on Oct. 9. It can be seen here.  

A federal Health Benefits Fair for active and retired federal employees will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Crossings at Falls Run, 60 Brimley Drive, in Stafford County. The fair is sponsored by the Office of Personnel Management and Congressman Rob Wittman, in advance of the 2011 federal benefits open season, which runs from Nov. 14 through Dec. 12. Representatives from a number of insurance companies, government agencies and private companies will be there. For more: Laurie Newman, 540/548-1086.

A free community COPD Health and Resource Fair will be held on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. on the second floor of the Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic building at 1301 Sam Perry Boulevard, near Mary Washington Hospital. The event is for those with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, their  caregivers and anyone seeking more information. Respiratory therapists, physicians, a dietitian and others will be on hand. For more: Kelly Brown, 540/ 741-4023.

The Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center will sponsor a program at the hospital for breast cancer survivors on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 3 to 4 p.m. Dr. Jules Feledy will talk on “To Reconstruct or Not to Reconstruct: Options Following Mastectomy.” For more: 888/685-1610.



(Today begins a new feature for the blog, a weekly listing of local health news and events. Look for this on Thursdays. You can submit items to