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Luis Fábregas

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 ...

Fabregas: Former VA director’s reappearance a slap in the faces of veterans

By Luis Fábregas
The collective jaws of veterans in Western Pennsylvania hit the floor when former Veterans Affairs regional director Michael Moreland last week resurfaced from out of nowhere. Yes, that Michael Moreland. The one who worked as the top administrator at the ...

Family of premature son marks bittersweet milestone at West Penn Hospital

By Luis Fábregas
It might sound like an overreaction, but when 10-year-old Jacob Anthony came down with a cold this week, his mom panicked. “I get scared to ...

Share glass of bubbly champagne to restore caring, dignity, humanity to dying

By Luis Fábregas
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Dr. Abraham Verghese is drawn to the idea of offering champagne to a  dying patient. Sounds crazy, I know. But when you hear him explain it, something about it makes all the sense in the world. Verghese ...

Fabregas: Those annual physical checkups might not be needed

By Luis Fábregas
If you’re like most Americans, you probably see your doctor at least once a year. We’ve been told annual checkups are a good way to catch medical problems before it’s too late. I have my doubts. I’m supposed to get ...