• 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

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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

  • Emily Bazar

    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