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Luis Fábregas

Fabregas: When you’re done reading this, take a break from sitting

By Luis Fábregas
Get up. Sitting can be hazardous to your health. Just when I thought I’d heard about every possible disease in the world, along comes the head-scratching “sitting disease.” Despite its peculiar name (and the fact that it’s not even a ...

Fábregas: Wolf should leap into Highmark-UPMC fiasco, but probably won’t

By Luis Fábregas
If you’re wondering what Gov. Wolf’s priorities will be over the next four years, don’t put your money on the UPMC-Highmark fiasco. As important as it is for thousands of people in the state, the divorce of these two health ...

Fábregas: Patients see red over hospital noise levels

By Luis Fábregas
Shhhhhhhhh! Have you noticed that hospitals are getting louder? Alarms beep constantly. Machines and carts roll in and out of rooms. And nurses yak like it’s happy hour at the bar. Can we start using our quiet voices, please? When I ...

Fabregas: Allegheny Health Network urgent care center is lifeline for Braddock

By Luis Fábregas
At first glance, the opening of a relatively small urgent care center in Braddock seems like a non-event. After all, there are dozens of urgent care centers everywhere, billed as convenient walk-in alternatives to jammed emergency rooms. We have a ...

Fábregas: Coffee’s the nectar for many Americans

By Luis Fábregas
Good thing the Steelers’ first playoff game falls on a Saturday. Most of us can sleep in Sunday, without needing massive doses of caffeine to make it through the day. Unless, of course, you work in public safety, health care or ...

Fábregas: 5 healthy wishes for the new year

By Luis Fábregas
Let’s all agree on something about 2014: As far as health stories are concerned, it was a hypochondriac’s worst nightmare. We had Ebola, measles, enterovirus 68 and, just when we thought we were in the clear, the mumps. Thank ...

Highmark backtracks on policy not to pay for anesthetic during colonoscopies

By Luis Fábregas
Health insurer Highmark Inc. has stepped back from a proposal to stop paying for full anesthesia for some patients undergoing colonoscopies, a spokesman said Tuesday. The controversial plan called for changes in the insurer’s coverage of propofol, a general anesthetic that ...

Fabregas: Depths of road rage perplexing

By Luis Fábregas
All I did was honk my horn. The woman in front of me, driving a slick SUV, didn’t want to hear it. Before I go on with this amusing — but alarming — tale of road rage, allow me a few ...

Fábregas: Dialogue needed on sex crimes

By Luis Fábregas
No one likes to talk about sexual violence. It’s a cultural taboo and a crime of secrecy that some victims don’t want to report because of fear no one will believe them. Over the past week, however, a national ...

Fabregas: Hospital safety not there yet

By Luis Fábregas
The last place any of us wants to be in is the hospital. We all know someone who got the wrong drug or the wrong dose, someone who fell from bed or someone who picked up a nasty infection while ...

Fábregas: For restful night, put smartphone to sleep

By Luis Fábregas
A few nights ago while in bed, I opened my eyes and looked at the clock on the night stand. It was 2 a.m. Ugh. As much as I tried, I couldn’t go back to sleep. I kept looking at the ...