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Luis Fábregas

Fabregas: Decision on insurers a bum deal for Allegheny County employees

By Luis Fábregas 12:01 a.m.
Pity Allegheny County employees. Just like that, their access to UPMC hospitals will come with a higher price come the end of the year. So said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, who this week announced that the county’s 6,700 employees get …

Fabregas: Hospital trauma workers heroic, too, in treating school stabbing victims

By Luis Fábregas
In the minutes after victims of savage stabbings at Franklin Regional Senior High School arrived at Forbes Hospital, doctors and nurses came upon a daunting realization. The students, some of them bleeding badly, were kids they knew. They were neighbors …

Legal pot: Pa. needs to see the science

By Luis Fábregas
DENVER — You can’t walk more than 10 feet in this town without getting a whiff of marijuana. Or so it seemed when I visited the Mile High City to attend a conference of the Association of Health Care Journalists. …

Fabregas: Bridge jumper to share his healing at mental illness conference

By Luis Fábregas
Kevin Hines attempted suicide by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. At 19, he convinced himself that everyone hated him and wanted him dead. He felt useless and weak. Hines survived the jump in 2000, one of …

Fabregas: Vaccine access crucial

By Luis Fábregas
In the ideal world, Stephanie Ross would have been protected against the infection that killed her. Stephanie is the Drexel University sophomore who died last week of a strain of meningococcal disease for which there is no vaccine — in …

Fabregas: Test for Alzheimer’s gives opportunity to prepare

By Luis Fábregas
Dr. Kamthorn Sukarochana is a retired pediatric surgeon who is surrounded by Alzheimer’s disease. His wife, Elizabeth, was diagnosed with the disease about two years ago. A neighbor, a former colleague, and one of his brothers in Thailand have Alzheimer’s, …

Fabregas: All jobs not equal at UPMC

By Luis Fábregas
The UPMC workers who assembled this week in front of the U.S. Steel building want nothing but a decent paycheck. We all can relate to their plight. The gas bill escalates, the government demands a bigger cut and the take-home …

Fabregas: Designer babies a bold move

By Luis Fábregas
Even though I don’t have a dog, I’ve always had a liking for crossbreeds — Goldendoodles, Labradoodles and puggles. Some of them don’t shed, are allergy-friendly and have fewer health problems. They’re also quite cute, if you ask me. In …

Fabregas: Doctors make less eye contact with patients while filling out electronic medical records

By Luis Fábregas
Dr. Kevin Garrett is the type of surgeon who wants to spend more time with his patients. You know, the type of doctor who makes …

Fabregas: Strength not found in numbers at Highmark

By Luis Fábregas
Dr. Bill Winkenwerder, CEO of health insurer Highmark Inc., exuded confidence this week when he spoke to reporters about the company’s future. He greeted us with a warm handshake and the obligatory small talk about the cold weather. It didn’t …

Fabregas: Get health ads with Olympics

By Luis Fábregas
Olympics lovers, beware. When you tune in to watch the Winter Olympics this weekend, you’ll be bombarded with TV commercials and sponsorships featuring your favorite Pittsburgh health care companies, UPMC and Highmark. I feel your pain. Can’t we enjoy a …