A Phoenix-based laboratory is capturing detailed images of the fungus that causes valley fever, hoping to better understand how it works.
Responding to a dearth of homegrown public health specialists and an expanding lack of community literacy in health issues, Bakersfield College launched a Public Health Sciences transfer degree this year with plans to add a certificate program within months.
Roughly 20 percent of Endeavour Elementary School’s kindergarten class called in sick Thursday after roughly 31 were infected with what public health officials are speculating could be norovirus.
San Joaquin Valley children are poor, hungry, undereducated and at a greater risk of ending up in jail than those raised in any other region of the state, according to a new report highlighting chronic health issues in the area.
Bloody lesions and sores pocked the leg of a man slung up in a hospital bed. Next to him, a woman struck with diarrhea and extreme fatigue became so tired that she passed out and fell, gashing her head. Across from her, a woman bit by a goat was covered with vomit and blood.
A Kern County resident died of the flu this week, a first for the season, and three others are hospitalized in Intensive Care Units as a severe strain of the flu sweeps throughout the state, county public health officials announced Tuesday.
Errors by the state health insurance exchange have complicated enrollment for thousands of Californians. Here are some tips to straighten out your coverage.
On a recent rainy morning in Los Angeles, Maria Bernal’s stove clicks to life with a bright blue flame to toast bread on a griddle for her 9-year-old son, Edwin, to smear with peanut butter. As she scoops papaya chunks into the blender for a smoothie, she recalls her worry during all the yea…
San Joaquin Community Hospital is changing its name and broadening its focus to improving the health of the whole community, officials announced Wednesday.
An invisible disease has been killing middle-aged white people throughout the southern San Joaquin Valley at higher rates than ever before.
Citing a need to address student health holistically, the Bakersfield City School District has opened three multi-million dollar regional wellness centers funded with a new kind of state education dollars, a first in California, officials said Wednesday.
While most Bakersfield kids spent their winter vacation lazing about the house, watching television or vacationing with family, about 50 migrant students gave up their holiday break to attend a nutritional exercise camp.
Teen pregnancy rates in Kern County have dropped by more than 60 percent over two decades but still trend roughly twice the state average, according to data released Tuesday by the Kern County Department of Public Health.
More than 3,000 babies are delivered every year at Mercy Southwest Hospital, but Jessica Trujillo and Brian Avianeda’s newborn gained the distinction of being the first of 2017, not only at Mercy, but in Bakersfield.
For more than 20 years, the Kern High School District maintained a robust sexual education program that was praised locally, regarded as a national model and pointed to by public health officials as the reason HIV and AIDS rates were plummeting among teens.
Local health officials are warning of a surge in sexually transmitted diseases, especially among high school students and mothers who are infecting their babies.
Jefferson Elementary School kids walked 199,000 miles last year, harvested local vegetables from a garden they built and competed to whip up the best healthy meal — all part of a health initiative the school launched to combat childhood obesity.
Estimates of the number of valley fever cases recorded by local, state and federal agencies vary so widely that they call into question the accuracy of the figures released to the public, a Center for Health Journalism Collaborative investigation has found.
Mothers in Kern County have experienced more childhood trauma and hardship than mothers anywhere else in California, potentially setting their kids on a path of physical, mental and emotional health problems later in life, data released this month suggest.
Faith Herrod wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up. The 11-year-old lives in Lemoore with her family, three dogs and three cats. Someday, she’ll get a rabbit, too — as soon as her mother lets her.
Against the backdrop of an epidemic in Kern County, The Valley Fever for Americas Foundation is hosting a fundraiser Wednesday to drum up funding for a cure to the debilitating respiratory disease endemic to the region.
Despite President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, state officials and advocates say your health plan is safe for now.
When a punishing drought besieged California in the late 1980s, relief came with 30 days of rain in 1991 — dubbed the March Miracle because of how it revived the state’s agricultural economy.
On the eve of what could be the worst year for valley fever cases since the so-called Great Epidemic of the early 1990s, national health care leaders announced Thursday the start of a clinical trial to gain more insight into the effectiveness of early treatment.
For most people, a can-do attitude is a good thing, but a lecture at San Joaquin Community Hospital may prove that’s not always the case when it comes to strenuous workouts.
OAKLAND, Calif., — A surgical procedure recommended to reduce the future risk of ovarian cancer has been successfully implemented throughout Kaiser Permanente in Northern California without a change in surgical outcomes, according to research published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Fall is often a busy time of year for many of us. School is back in session. After-school and after-work activities pick up pace. And many homes and businesses are bustling with activity again after a nice summer lull.
An environmental group filed suit this week alleging a major chemical manufacturer is failing to adequately warn residents in and around Shafter that they are being exposed to a fumigant ingredient known to cause cancer.
Kern County Public Health Services officials are warning residents to be wary of valley fever as they’ve noticed an uptick in the number of reported cases this month.
Bakersfield’s Houchin Community Blood Bank has successfully implemented a new program to test incoming blood donations for the Zika virus.
With busy mornings, exhausting school days and afternoons full of activities and homework, going back to school can be a major adjustment from the more carefree days of summer.
While most kids have a healthy immune system and are getting the expected rate of infections each year, it is natural that parents want to know what they can do to keep their children as healthy as possible.
He was probably best known for his pioneering efforts to develop a vaccine or a cure for the disease known as valley fever. But to family and friends, longtime Bakersfield physician Tom Larwood was something of a Renaissance man who was interested in and fascinated by almost everything. Espe…
The Kern Valley Healthcare District reopened its rural health clinic and retail pharmacy in Mountain Mesa Monday, three days after they were closed amid the chaos of the Erskine Fire, but its hospital and skilled nursing facility were not expected to resume operation until Friday at the earl…
Houchin Community Blood Bank is adjusting hours at its donor center at 11515 Bolthouse Drive in the hopes that it will make it more convenient for donors to give the life-saving gift of blood.