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Luis Fábregas

Fábregas: Cancer-stricken California woman chooses to plan her death

By Luis Fábregas
A week from today, Brittany Maynard plans to take her life. You may have heard her story. She’s the 29-year-old newlywed from California who made …

Fábregas: Seniors, beware of Highmark’s $0 health insurance pitch

By Luis Fábregas
The nerve. What’s unnerving about the latest Highmark-UPMC smackdown is that it involves seniors. Yes, senior citizens who use Medicare — the same people who until now were untouched by this tiresome, torturous three-year headache. People who use Medicare, the …

Fábregas: Wal-Mart to offer health checkups where you check out

By Luis Fábregas
Admit it. You love a  bargain at Wal-Mart. You might be the type of bargain hunter who heads to Wal-Mart on Black Friday to score a …

Fábregas: Waist expansion growing problem in U.S.

By Luis Fábregas
We are getting bigger, America. The average waistline continues to expand. And grow. And grow. This is how bad it’s gotten over the past 10 …

Fabregas: Delaying Pa. medical marijuana bill hurts some who could benefit

By Luis Fábregas
Don’t let the weed smoke fool you. Just because the Pennsylvania Senate this week passed a medical marijuana bill, it doesn’t mean the legislation will …

Highmark CEO keeps eyes ahead

By Luis Fábregas
Soon after becoming CEO of Highmark Health in May, David Holmberg held an employee meeting where he announced plans to stop the negative ads against …

Highmark site causes confusion for some doctors’ patients

By Luis Fábregas
It’s no secret that Dr. Steve Shapiro is no fan of health insurance giant Highmark Inc. He appeared on one of those UPMC commercials that jammed the airwaves last year taking potshots at the insurer. Shapiro, UPMC’s chief medical and scientific …

Ear pain? Pay up to get medical advice in online service

By Luis Fábregas
All I wanted was to get rid of ear pain. It bothered me for two days and became so sharp at times that I tugged on my ear. A few doses of ibuprofen relieved the misery, but the pain roared …

Fabregas: UPMC smoking ban right maneuver

By Luis Fábregas
The smokers stood on the sidewalk along UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland, clearly ignoring the “smoke-free zone” signs. I walked by as they puffed away a few days ago, looking for a smoker in scrubs or a UPMC ID badge. To …

Fabregas: ALS videos tiresome, but effective as fundraiser

By Luis Fábregas
Tom Cruise, Bill Gates, Ben Affleck, Oprah Winfrey … George W. Bush? It’s hard to keep up with the names. In the past week, I’ve probably watched more than 100 videos of actors, athletes, musicians and politicians doing the ALS …

Fabregas: Robin Williams’ suicide brings depression to forefront

By Luis Fábregas
Something fascinating happened soon after the world found out Robin Williams died. As if on cue, fans and celebrities jumped on social media sites to share their grief and tell us how heartbroken they were. Some listed their favorite Williams …