• 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

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    State goes after medical licenses of two doctors

    Two Bakersfield doctors, including the chief of surgery at Kern Medical Center, are accused of negligence in separate accusations the California Medical Board filed this month. KMC surgeon Dr. Maureen Martin had to bring in a plastic surgeon to reconstruct a 16-year-old girl's breast after an

  • Terrance Minnoy, who worked out before he had a stroke, partially credits his workouts for his quick and steady recovery from the stroke.

    Stroke deaths drop in Kern, nationwide

    Terrance Minnoy knows the precise moment his stroke journey began. On Feb. 9, he was chatting with a cashier at a department store when suddenly he heard a second, disembodied voice. It was only then that he realized there were not one but two cashiers at the checkout counter. A blind spot in his

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    ASK EMILY: How affordable is the Affordable Care Act?

    Another in a series of Q&A columns answering consumers’ questions about California’s new medical world. For many Californians, the Affordable Care Act isn’t. You’re not alone if you can’t afford your health insurance obligations, whether you’re struggling to pay your monthly premium or facing

  • Omni holds ribbon cutting

    Omni Family Health held a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday to celebrate the grand opening of its newest clinic at 210 N. Chester Ave. in Oildale, as well as its recent selection as National Migrant Health Center of the Year. Joe Gallegos of the National Association of Community Health Centers

  • HEALTH ROUNDUP: Phone app helps us see signs of stroke

    A mobile phone application is available free of charge to help people learn the warning signs of a stroke. The free Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T. app for iOS and Android is available in English and Spanish and includes a stroke warning sign quiz, a high blood pressure chart and a searchable map of

  • International board-certified lactation consultant Christine Staricka gives feeding tips to new mom Eileen Price as she nurses daughter Cybil at Baby Cafe, an education and support group for nursing mothers.

    Officials stress resources for new mothers after death of newborn

    There's usually a lot of cooing and laughter in the back room of Planet Bambini. That's a baby store in Rosedale that lends space to Baby Cafe, a support group for nursing mothers. On Tuesday, the mood was more somber as new moms discussed a Georgia couple arrested last month in connection

  • Worth Noting in health: Phone app helps us see signs of stroke

    An app that could save your life: A mobile phone application is available free of charge to help people learn the warning signs of a stroke. The free Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T. app for iOS and Android is available in English and Spanish and includes a stroke warning sign quiz, high blood pressure

  • Elaina Valdepena gives M.A.R.E. horse Cricket a kiss

    Real Success: M.A.R.E. therapeutic program more than just horseplay

    From the restricted confines of 12-year-old Elaina Valdepena’s wheelchair, dreaming big meant trying to imagine placing one foot in front of the other. Fetes like mounting and trotting a horse seemed improbable, if not impossible. Until she met a horse named Penny four years ago, and later

  • B Connected: Have a green thumb? Check out this event

    The Bakersfield Green Thumb Garden Club will hold the third annual Gardens of Bakersfield Tour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 28. This year’s event will feature six majestic gardens in the backyard of local residents. Guests are invited to experience the beautiful scenery and explore a wide

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    B Connected: A full body workout in one hour? Try turbo kick

    At first glance, the class can seem intimidating and look a lot like hard work but the payoff is plenty according to trainer Nicola Wright who teaches to Turbo Kick at Body Xchange on White Lane. This high-energy class combines martial arts and kickboxing; it's goal is to work your core and


    B Connected: Living well through solar power

    For some years now, homeowners have been installing solar panels on their homes, but now there is an option to buy a home with custom pre-installed solar panels. McMillin Homes recently began working on this feature, changing the way people shop for a new home in Bakersfield. A solar home can help

  • B Connected: Walk for kids & make a difference

    The Ronald McDonald House will be taking a walk on the wild side to raise awareness and money on June 2nd at 8 a.m. at the California Living Museum. “Walk for Kids is the Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House's largest fundraising event,” said Scarlett Sabin, the house director. “It's

  • Rod and Kim Nance and Kim and Danny Gilbert work hard to spread the word about heart health awareness.

    B Connected: Understanding heart disease

    It is nice to be on the brink of change. Hundreds of people are showing up to local running, bicycling and lifetime events these days, all in effort to build better health. Some of us are trying to lose a few pounds, some have already lost, gained again and are back to their fitness regimen. No