Luis Fabregas

Heart attacks can be asymptomatic or ignored, delaying vital treatment

Twice in the past six months, Dr. Indu Poornima has seen a patient who had a heart attack but didn't even know it. The ...

Transparency could be cure for ailing health care system

At least a few times a year, another new study pops up showing an increase in medical errors at the nation's hospitals. The studies hit ...

Greater autonomy for nurse practitioners right move for Pennsylvania

For years, nurse practitioners have longed for a little independence from doctors. They want to be able to take care of patients without what they ...

Simple precautions can help protect Pirates from Zika on Puerto Rico trip

If only the Pirates would take a cue from ballplayers in South Korea. At the summer Olympics in Brazil, South Korean athletes will wear ...

With thyroid 'cancer' reclassified, patients can receive more appropriate treatment

In a highly unusual move, a panel of international pathologists has determined that a type of tumor in the thyroid is not cancer as they ...

As medicine exposes new frontiers, don't confuse ethical dilemmas with unethical conduct

Some say it's the equivalent of playing God. Others say it's part of the natural progression of science and genetic engineering. The United States government could ...

Fábregas: Criticism of UPMC's increase to $15 minimum wage premature

No sooner had UPMC announced a major wage hike for its employees than critics began to bemoan the move. First among them was Allegheny County ...

New medical society president values relationship between doctor, patient

After more than three decades practicing family medicine, nothing is more valuable to Dr. Lawrence John than the relationships he has forged with his patients. ...

Increasingly accepted displays of public anger can undermine health

Blame it on the presidential campaign, but everyone is suddenly angry. People claim to be angry about the candidates, the issues, the protests and pretty ...

Hollywood stars' fame and fortune don't hold keys to a happier, healthier life

As I watched the recent Oscars ceremony, and the parade of millionaire movie stars with fake smiles and clothes that most of us could never ...

Fábregas: Other hospitals should take note of St. Clair's online tool

Attention, hospital executives: The folks at St. Clair Hospital in Mt. Lebanon have something to show you. And it's something you might want to copy. One ...