Health

  • People wait in line at a Clinica Sierra Vista facility in this file photo. Clinica Sierra Vista was just awarded $483,333 in Affordable Care Act money to help operate a soon-to-be-finished health center in east Bakersfield to be called the Baker Street Village Community Health Center.

    Feds award Clinica $483,000 to help operate new health center

    Clinica Sierra Vista, a large chain of health-care clinics for the poor based in Bakersfield, was just awarded $483,333 in Affordable Care Act money to help operate a soon-to-be-finished health center in east Bakersfield. The money represents 20 to 25 percent of the funds that will be needed

  • FROM THE ARCHIVES: Women regret choice of surgeons

    Editor’s note: This story was first published in February 2012. It’s being re-published in light of new allegations against Dr. Jason Helliwell by the Medical Board of California. K. Marie Espinoza's voice shakes and her eyes mist when she remembers the day she decided to get liposuction.

  • Dr. Tommy Lee accepts the accreditation certificate from the American Heart Association's Katie Kinney, regional director for quaity and system improvement.

    Memorial's cardiac accreditation a sign of maturing medical environment

    In another sign of the continuing maturity of Kern County’s health system, the American Heart Association announced Friday it was giving Memorial Hospital an accreditation that recognizes the Bakersfield hospital’s acute cardiac care program. During a ceremony at the hospital, officials from the

  • Clinica Sierra Vista faculty member Dr. Ryan Cabatbat, left, and Dr. Adan Romero, a resident, with the residency program director, Dr. Carol Stewart, at Kern Medical Center.

    Training for family medicine doctors moving, growing

    The family medicine residency program at Kern Medical Center is winding down, with five residents having recently begun their third and final year of training at the county hospital. After they graduate, the program will cease to operate there. The Kern County Board of Supervisors voted to close

  • Grant money to go toward breast cancer screening

    The Anthem Blue Cross Foundation has awarded $40,000 to the American Cancer Society to help Omni Family Health provide breast cancer education and screening. Josue Fernandez, Omni Family Health’s development and communications coordinator, said the grant will help them increase breast cancer

  • Optometrists focus on visual symptoms from concussions

    Shelby Hedges’ concussion occurred during the first soccer game of the high school season. Prior to her concussion she was an avid reader, but afterwards, she had trouble with reading and focusing as soon as she started trying to do her schoolwork. After about one month it was obvious her

  • Local doctor loses medical license

    State regulators revoked the medical license of Dr. Jerry Curtis Fox, of Bakersfield, after he failed to submit to an examination to determine his fitness to practice medicine. If the Medical Board of California suspects someone is unable to practice safely due to physical or mental illness, it

  • Kern County insurance rate changes

    ASK EMILY: Go beyond the headlines for rate hike reality

    Another in a series of Q&A columns answering consumers’ questions about California’s new medical world. Some Californians got good news recently about the price of their health insurance. But as always, it pays to know the details. Covered California, the state health insurance exchange,

  • Local state health exchange rates to increase

    Kern County consumers who buy health insurance through the state’s health exchange are likely to see premiums increase 4.3 percent next year, slightly more than the 4 percent average estimated increase statewide. Covered California’s third annual open enrollment begins Nov. 1. To prepare, health

  • Former inmate Glenn Towery is suing the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation over becoming infected with valley fever while incarcerated in Delano. His attorney is arguing the state violated a hate crime law.

    Parollee uses hate crime law in valley fever lawsuit against prison

    A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has ruled that a black former prison inmate can allege violation of a hate crime law in litigation over becoming infected with valley fever while incarcerated in Kern County. It’s a novel and unprecedented use of the Bane Act, California’s civil rights

  • Doctor reinstated after sexual transgressions

    The Medical Board of California on Wednesday reinstated the license of Bakersfield doctor Esmail Nadjmabadi. After undergoing professional boundaries training, Nadjmabadi was placed on seven years’ probation. During that time, he is prohibited from supervising physician assistants and from

  • Participants who register for the fourth annual Walk for Valley Fever on or before July 24 are eligible for a free T-shirt. The walk is 8 a.m. Aug. 8 at the Kern County Museum.

    Valley Fever walk to raise awareness, money

    The Valley Fever Americas Foundation’s annual Walk for Valley Fever next week comes amid a lot of promising new advances. In July of last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new skin test from San Diego-based Nielsen BioSciences Inc. called Spherusol. Previous skin tests fell

  • With the aid of a temperature gauge, CHP Officer Rosa Archer explains how fast cars can heat up in the Bakersfield summer. In this case, the Honda at the right sat in 85-degree weather for about 20 minutes and the temperature rose to 107 inside the car. The temperature continued to rise.

    Demonstrations show dangers of heat stroke, backing over kids

    On a typical Bakersfield summer day, it doesn’t take long for a child to die of heat stroke, the Kern County Department of Health Services warned Wednesday with a dramatic demonstration of the danger posed. At about 10:30 a.m., DHS spokeswoman Heidi Carter-Escudero ran the air conditioning of a

  • Bakersfield City firefighter Stephen Elrod is excited about the FDA's granting Breakthrough Therapy Designation status to the drug Actemra for the treatment of systemic sclerosis a connective tissue disease.

    New drug may help scleroderma patients

    It was welcome news to Stephen Elrod when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently granted a breakthrough therapy designation to a new, possible treatment for scleroderma. The chronic connective tissue disease nearly extinguished Elrod’s firefighting career just as it was getting started.

  • Three year-old son Eli Gomez cried just a little following his flu vaccination by LVN Zinaiid Garcia in the San Joaquin Community Hospital mobile unit.  Mother Rocio Garcia holds Eli.

    New vaccination law remains controversial

    Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing of a law mandating routine vaccinations for most children enrolling in schools has not settled the controversy over childhood immunizations. The governor on Tuesday signed SB 277 into law effective July 1, 2016. It eliminates the personal or religious belief exemptions

  • Supporters of the Affordable Care Act celebrate after the Supreme Court up held the law in the 6-3 vote at the Supreme Court in Washington June 25, 2015. The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide availability of tax subsidies that are crucial to the implementation of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, handing a major victory to the president.

    Obamacare ruling lauded and criticized locally

    Local health care providers generally breathed a sigh of relief after Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld the nationwide availability of tax subsidies for consumers getting insurance on the federal health exchange. California isn’t on the federal exchange because it has a state

  • Assemblywoman Shannon Grove appeared on "First Look with Scott Cox" in this file photo.

    Grove takes stance against vaccination mandate

    Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield, spoke out Thursday against a proposed vaccination mandate on the floor of the California Assembly, citing respect for parental rights. She said opponents of the bill truly believe their children could be harmed or have been harmed by vaccines. Grove