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Luis Fábregas is an award-winning reporter who specializes in medical and healthcare issues as a member of the Tribune-Review’s investigations team. Luis Fábregas

Fabregas: Cut processed foods, cook your own dinner, and maybe live longer

By Luis Fábregas
Go ahead, eat an apple a day and see what happens. I’m not going to knock the practice, but I will tell you that I ...

Fabregas: Bout of ‘pope fever’ good for America’s spiritual, mental health

By Luis Fábregas
The symptoms appeared without warning. Some people were watching the morning news. Others were driving as they listed to the radio. Some were in church. An external force suddenly made them feel euphoric, happy and hopeful. Some became restless, eager to ...

Fabregas: UPMC steps up on mold outbreak; too bad Pa. health officials missed their chance

By Luis Fábregas
Some of us cringed when word spread this week about a mold outbreak in an intensive care unit at the region’s largest hospital, UPMC Presbyterian. Four patients who’d undergone transplants contracted fungal infections. Three of them died, though they were ...

Fabregas: It’s been a rough week for Highmark — and time is not on its side

By Luis Fábregas
It hasn’t been the best week for Highmark Health. First, folks at the insurance giant heard from their friends at the Pennsylvania Insurance Department. It wasn’t pretty. The letter from the deputy insurance commissioner to Highmark was quite alarming because ...

Fabregas: You might be young, but maybe not young at heart, doctors report

By Luis Fábregas
So much for being young at heart. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week most Americans have a heart that is older than their age. Medical experts say that in addition to our regular age, we all have ...

FDA’s revised serving sizes on nutrition labels might backfire as endorsement

By Luis Fábregas
Every time I reach for the tub of vanilla ice cream in the freezer, I tell myself it’s only 150 calories. That’s what the label ...

Fábregas: For some like ex-President Carter, humor helps in cancer battle

By Luis Fábregas
When former President Jimmy Carter announced this week he has advanced melanoma, he displayed a rare combination of grace and acceptance. His dignity was impressive. Yet ...

Fábregas: Drivers continue to text just as health care workers find places to smoke

By Luis Fábregas
Nothing says summer like an early morning walk in the neighborhood, entertained by chirping birds ... clueless drivers and clouds of smoke. Say what? My daily routine involves an hour-long morning outing to savor a bit of sunlight before ...

Fabregas: Jeannette man credits Elsie Hillman for giving his wife life

By Luis Fábregas
Walt Sugent desperately needed help when an insurance company denied radiation treatment for his wife’s breast cancer three years ago. He pleaded with then- Gov. Tom Corbett, Sen. Bob Casey and anyone else who would listen. No luck. Then, Sugent thought ...

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 ...