Health Beat

  • 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

  • The main entrance to Kern Medical Center (KMC) on Mt. Vernon Avenue and Flower Street in east Bakersfield.

    Departure of KMC's psychiatry chairman creates havoc

    The termination of a Kern Medical Center contract with Tai P. Yoo, chair of the Department of Psychiatry at KMC and head of the Kern-UCLA residency program, has thrown the program into turmoil, triggering resignations and leaving student doctors unsure where they will get their training or how

  • Bakersfield Californian reporter Courtenay Edelhart floats at Salt7even is a new business to Bakersfield where people can go and spend time floating in near body temperature water in a isolated, sensory-deprived environment to relax and relieve stress.

    Business sells floating in salt water to reduce stress

    Everybody knows floating is relaxing, provided you're not sharing a pool with screaming children. But would you pay to float in salt water for an hour in a quiet isolation tank? Basically, a hollow black cube free of light and sound? A Bakersfield couple is betting you would. About a month

  • Many take time out for prayer at the start of the annual Relay for Life, Saturday, in Bakersfield, at the Kern County Fairgrounds.

    Relay for Life generates $1.1 million in 2 days

    The 24th annual Bakersfield Relay for Life concluded Sunday at the Kern County Fairgrounds, having raised nearly $1.1 million for cancer research over the course of two days at a new venue. For many years, Relay was staged at Wingsport, an open lot east of Meadows Field that was abandoned in

  • State Sen. Jean Fuller, in a file photo taken at a forum at Bakersfield College.

    Fuller vies for valley fever funding

    State Sen. Jean Fuller has introduced a bill that would allocate $1 million from the state's general fund to medical research into a valley fever vaccine. Also called coccidioidomycosis, valley fever is an infection of the fungus Coccidioides. The fungus is common in the dry soil of the

  • "Oh my gosh," says Janet Bautista, 21, after trying golf for the first time at the Stockdale Country Club during the Saving Strokes event ,which is sponsored by San Joaquin Community Hospital for survivors of stroke and other head injuries. Bautista suffered a stroke last year, which is unusual for a young person, and she is recovering well.

    Stroke survivors get back in the swing of things

    Janet Bautista positioned her driver beside the golf tee, spread her feet apart, and looked up, tentatively. "I'm afraid I'm going to hit the ground," she said. "I don't want to hit the ground." Rich Gilkey, who once played on the Bakersfield College and Fresno

  • Smog is seen in the air during sunset at the foot of the Grapevine in this file photo.

    Kern graded F for air quality despite ozone improvements

    Kern County got its usual straight Fs for air quality in the American Lung Association in California's annual State of the Air report, which was released today. The Bakersfield area has the second worst year-round particle pollution in the United States, according to the report, second only

  • Local caterer faces civil lawsuits over allegedly tainted meat

    Six people have filed lawsuits against Coconut Joe's, a local restaurant and catering company, after 36 people became ill days after consuming its food. Most of them had attended a birthday party it had catered. Five customers were sick enough to require hospitalization. The lawsuits were

  • Bakersfield psychiatrist Dr. Shiquan Xiong

    Medical board to monitor local psychiatrist

    The Medical Board of California plans to revoke the medical license of Bakersfield psychiatrist Dr. Shiquan Xiong if she does not undergo extensive training and agree to close oversight of her practice. The disciplinary action followed the May 15, 2014, filing of a 25-page complaint against the

  • Kern's Covered California health insurance enrollment

    Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange, has released the exchange's latest regional enrollment numbers. The nine-county Central Valley region had 40,372 consumers select an insurance plan through Covered California from Nov. 15, 2014, to Feb. 22, 2015. Kern, Fresno,

  • Agency offers training for parents of autistic children

    Easter Seals is offering Kaiser Permanente members who care for autistic children free training in effective ways to advance behavioral therapy in the home. "We realize that our programs aren't going to be successful if caregivers aren't successful in the home, so there was a real

  • Lydia Ledford with her mom, Emily, after Lydia spent 55 days on the Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation, or ECMO, machine at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

    Bakersfield girl survives life-threatening flu

    Second-grader Lydia Ledford is back home in Bakersfield after spending 55 days hooked up to machines because she couldn't breathe. The child almost died from what started out as a routine case of influenza. Every year, public health officials encourage individuals and families to get flu

  • Still frames from surveillence video provided by Chris Danaher, allegedly showing a man publicly abusing a child in a convenience store.

    Alleged child abuser released from jail

    Justin Whittington, the man police say was caught on a convenience store's surveillance camera punching a toddler in the face, was scheduled for release from jail Saturday after police reduced the charges expected to be filed in the case. Whittington, 23, of Bakersfield, was initially booked

  • Members of team Wavehogs have a good time on the "World" race course Saturday during the team competition at the Campout Against Cancer held at the State Farm Sports Village, off Taft Highway.

    Athletes, families camp out and compete to fight cancer

    Brian Johnson's daughter, Cassidy, got a great present Saturday, a day after her 15th birthday. She beat her dad at laser tag, with 45 hits to his 44, at the second annual Camp Out Against Cancer at State Farm Sports Village. The event raised money for the travel, lodging and medical

  • Worth Noting in Health: Brain injury treatment and more

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded a contract to the Centre for Neuro Skills to provide residential rehabilitation services to veterans with traumatic brain injuries. The contract grew out of a 2011 Assisted Living Pilot Program for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury that

  • COURTESY OF JASON BATTEN Jason Batten, 28, is a graduate of Highland High School. The Stanford University medical student is among 14 future doctors who will be visiting historical sites related to the Holocaust as part of this year's Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.

    Bakersfield medical student wins medical ethics fellowship

    A Stanford University student from Bakersfield is among 14 medical students chosen to study medical ethics in a prestigious fellowship that includes travel to sites of some of the most notorious failures of bioethics in history. Jason Batten on June 14 will go to the Museum of Jewish Heritage in

  • Sarah Smith underwent surgery, not to reconstruct a breast removed surgically, but to construct one that was never there.

    Hospital donates breast surgery to patient

    Sarah Smith isn't a breast cancer survivor, but she feels a great deal of empathy for women disfigured by the disease. She knows what it feels like to live without a breast. On Thursday, the Bakersfield mother of four underwent surgery, not to reconstruct a breast removed surgically, but

  • Deshaun Treyes, right, arrives home from work and greets her 5-year-old son, Braylon Galloway, who has been diagnosed with CDKL5 Disorder, which leaves him unable to communicate the way a 5-year-old normally would. At center is Martin Treyes, Braylon's stepdad.

    Boy battles rare disorder usually found in girls

    Braylon Galloway is 5 years old, but functions almost like an infant. He can't talk, so he communicates with non-verbal vocalizations such as whining. His vision is impaired. And his low muscle tone and seriously hampered motor skills prevent him from walking. He can't eat and digest food