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Luis Fábregas

Hospice about caring, not curing

By Luis Fábregas
The word “hospice” scares people to the point that Dr. Bob Arnold doesn’t use it when talking to patients and their families. “You think it means, ‘Oh my God, I’m going to die now.’ If that’s all hospice did, it ...

Fabregas: All signs point to crisis for Allegheny Health Network

By Luis Fábregas
Not to be alarmist, but Highmark Inc.’s abrupt request to funnel $175 million to its Allegheny Health Network contains all the elements of a crisis. ...

Fabregas: Apple Watch seems more about being hip than healthy

By Luis Fábregas
Call me crazy, but a watch should be used for telling time. That was my reaction this week when Apple revealed its fancy new watch ...

Fabregas: Think twice about antibiotics — they enable killer superbug

By Luis Fábregas
The latest national priority has nothing to do with terrorism, uninsured people or the federal budget. It’s a deadly superbug called Clostridium difficile — ...

Fábregas: There’s a little hypochondriac in all of us — we’re just wired that way

By Luis Fábregas
It’s that time of the year when some of us who can’t shake a nagging cough suddenly think we have tuberculosis. Admit it. It happens to you, too. A symptom sneaks up, and the worst illness springs to mind. A headache ...

Fábregas: Many contributions but few tough solutions for obesity in America

By Luis Fábregas
Russian journalist Ilmira Alimguzina arrived in Pittsburgh last week, eager to learn about all things American: history, government and — wouldn’t you know it — obesity. Alimguzina, who is shadowing Trib journalists, told me that she’s interested in the issue ...

Fábregas: Judge makes comeback with imperfect heart, thanks to cardiologist daughter

By Luis Fábregas
Thomas Piccione’s heart became so weakened, he couldn’t tie his shoes without becoming short of breath. The Lawrence County judge, 69, had tried every available ...

Fábregas: Measles outbreak shows anti-vaccine crusade foolhardy, dangerous

By Luis Fábregas
When I was growing up in the early ’70s, there was no vaccine for chickenpox. Many of my schoolmates got sick with the virus, which covers the skin with hundreds of itchy blisters. I picked up a nasty case of ...

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 ...