Luis Fabregas

Dreaded prerecorded messages increase patients' level of frustration

All Jacqueline Mangis wanted to do was schedule an X-ray for her husband. She called the number of an orthopedics practice in the North Hills ...

Pricey pie offers lesson in giving more thought to ingredients we consume

LOS ANGELES The blueberry pie looked like something out of a gourmet cooking magazine. Luscious fruit burst out of thick, flaky crust. I ...

Could sin tax deter more smokers from buying cigarettes, getting cancer?

Marina Posvar hates to admit it, but she started smoking cigarettes in eighth grade. She quit many years and cigarette packs later when she became ...

A father's lessons for his children often intuitive, taught by example

Every so often, my daughter and I play a game we call "How well do you know me?" We sit on the living room couch ...

Heart attacks can be asymptomatic or ignored, delaying vital treatment

Twice in the past six months, Dr. Indu Poornima has seen a patient who had a heart attack but didn't even know it. The ...

Transparency could be cure for ailing health care system

At least a few times a year, another new study pops up showing an increase in medical errors at the nation's hospitals. The studies hit ...

Greater autonomy for nurse practitioners right move for Pennsylvania

For years, nurse practitioners have longed for a little independence from doctors. They want to be able to take care of patients without what they ...

Simple precautions can help protect Pirates from Zika on Puerto Rico trip

If only the Pirates would take a cue from ballplayers in South Korea. At the summer Olympics in Brazil, South Korean athletes will wear ...

With thyroid 'cancer' reclassified, patients can receive more appropriate treatment

In a highly unusual move, a panel of international pathologists has determined that a type of tumor in the thyroid is not cancer as they ...

As medicine exposes new frontiers, don't confuse ethical dilemmas with unethical conduct

Some say it's the equivalent of playing God. Others say it's part of the natural progression of science and genetic engineering. The United States government could ...

Fábregas: Criticism of UPMC's increase to $15 minimum wage premature

No sooner had UPMC announced a major wage hike for its employees than critics began to bemoan the move. First among them was Allegheny County ...