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Luis Fábregas

Fabregas: Those annual physical checkups might not be needed

By Luis Fábregas
If you’re like most Americans, you probably see your doctor at least once a year. We’ve been told annual checkups are a good way to catch medical problems before it’s too late. I have my doubts. I’m supposed to get ...

Fabregas: UPMC-Highmark playground spat needs referee other than Wolf

By Luis Fábregas
The kids in the UPMC-Highmark playground need a referee. The question is: Who? If your answer is Gov. Tom Wolf, I’m afraid you’re wrong. When UPMC announced plans last week to terminate a key Medicare contract with rival Highmark Inc., Wolf ...

As Tekulve enters ‘bonus round,’ former Pirate heartened by organ donor

By Luis Fábregas
Kent Tekulve has always cherished the opening of baseball season. He’s the last player to throw a championship-clinching pitch for the Pirates, and like most ...

Fabregas: Turns out, a dose of reality could benefit little Joey in the long run

By Luis Fábregas
As parents and grandparents, we tend to put our kids on a pedestal. We lavish them with praise when they get good grades, when they win a basketball game and, it turns out, when they lose the game. “Good try, ...

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 ...