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Luis Fábregas

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 …

Fabregas: Ebola fears that infect Americans unfounded

By Luis Fábregas
Unless you plan to vacation in West Africa, odds are almost nonexistent that you might contract Ebola in the United States. Yet it seems like the entire country is overly preoccupied with Ebola, a type of viral hemorrhagic fever raging …

Fabregas: Physicians embrace fist bump over handshake in hospital

By Luis Fábregas
Next time you’re in the hospital, don’t be surprised if your doctor doesn’t shake your hand. Even more, don’t be startled if your nurse, or any other hospital worker, tries to give you a fist bump. Yes, a hip and …

Allegheny Health Network’s first year shows promising direction

By Luis Fábregas
The adorable Prince George of Cambridge isn’t the only one celebrating a first birthday this month. Far removed from the British royalty, Pittsburgh’s Allegheny Health Network is turning 1, a significant milestone in a city that loves itself a health …

Fabregas: Bickering ‘couple’ at it again

By Luis Fábregas
Told you so. Did I not say last week that it was only a matter of time before UPMC and Highmark started bickering again like a divorced couple? Did I not cast doubt about the notion that UPMC and Highmark …

Fabregas: Highmark-UPMC deal feels like a divorce

By Luis Fábregas
Now that the exasperating feud between Highmark and UPMC appears to be ending, we can agree on something: We feel like children of divorced parents. We’re happy that our parents stopped fighting and saying unkind things about each other, but …

Fabregas: Scaife’s values will live on

By Luis Fábregas
When Hillary Clinton stepped into the Trib’s offices in March 2008, Dick Scaife shook her hand firmly and smiled. I watched in awe because I intuitively recognized the significance of the moment. He was a conservative fireball, she a bastion …

Fabregas: Resources for finding a doctor skimpy

By Luis Fábregas
Not a week goes by that someone doesn’t ask me to recommend a “good doctor.” “Hey, I’m looking for a new primary care doctor. Know any good ones?” “Can you tell where I can find a good orthopedic surgeon?” Sometimes …

Fabregas: Cellphone addiction the norm

By Luis Fábregas
As I plan my summer vacation and make a mental list of things to take to the beach (sunscreen, iPod, best-selling book), one question nags me: Can I leave my smartphone behind? We are, after all, undeniably addicted to our …

Fabregas: Restaurant inspection grading system gets an F

By Luis Fábregas
There’s nothing more unpleasant than being at a restaurant and finding a hair in your chicken noodle soup. Or going to the restroom at said restaurant to find there’s no soap or paper towel. It has happened to all of …