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Luis Fábregas

Fábregas: Medicare could get it right in paying for end-of-life discussions

By Luis Fábregas
Sarah Palin is probably having a conniption. The 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee sparked a national debate when early versions of the federal health care law included a provision to pay doctors who talked about end-of-life options with patients. Naysayers buzzed ...

Fábregas: Bethel Park native pedals through handcycling challenges despite disability

By Luis Fábregas
Ashli Molinero spent this week in Alaska, but it wasn’t exactly a vacation. Molinero, who lives in the South Side, is participating in the ...

Fabregas: As far as doctor’s complication rates go, even a little info benefits patients

By Luis Fábregas
My family doctor ordered routine blood work this week, an always dreaded task that forced me to go without breakfast and head to the lab in the early morning hours. A friendly lab worker took my insurance card, ...

Missing work hardly an option for ill doctors, but it may be necessary

By Luis Fábregas
If you think your doctor or nurse stays home while nursing a cold, guess again. Turns out many health care professionals work when they are sick, according to a new survey that’s a bit surprising. A large majority of the survey ...

Rain, rain go away — and give us back our summer expectations

By Luis Fábregas
It’s the Fourth of July, and Dave Christopher is still waiting to take a dip in the pool. Instead of swimming, the board president at Sylvan Pool in Harrison spent the past month cleaning up after two messy floods — ...

Parents take Indiana Township boy’s quest for liver donor to billboards, social media

By Luis Fábregas
Parents Jess and Rick Goeller say they are pretty desperate — and it’s easy to understand why. Their 2-year-old son, Lucas, has been awaiting a ...

Fabregas: Trans fats on way out, but other fats still lurk in food supply

By Luis Fábregas
So long, tasty canned frosting. Until we meet again, flaky pie crust. The Food and Drug Administration this week declared artificial trans fats — better ...

Fábregas: As doctors get old, AMA grapples with how long to extend career

By Luis Fábregas
At 75, Dr. Joe Maroon is more active than many physicians half his age. The well-known neurosurgeon is training for a triathlon, performs about 300 ...

Fábregas: Love of diet soda isn’t an addiction, but withdrawal sure seems so

By Luis Fábregas
Warning: This column contains aspartame. For years, I’ve casually joked that my habit of drinking Diet Coke someday will kill me. It’s most likely an unfounded fear because aspartame, the chemical sweetener commonly used in carbonated drinks, hasn’t been linked conclusively ...

Fabregas: Discovering hole in insurance coverage can come at worst time

By Luis Fábregas
Lawrence Young shattered the femur in his left leg when he fell on ice in January while taking out the garbage at his Beltzhoover home. It was a nasty break. The 82-year-old retired teacher and Army veteran underwent surgery at UPMC ...

Watchful attorney general denies UPMC a chance to assist Jameson, a community in need

By Luis Fábregas
Allow me to tell you an unusual story about UPMC that no one is talking about. You know how UPMC seems to be everywhere and you can’t blink an eye without seeing a UPMC sign? Our favorite health care giant is ...