Kern County Public Health has seen a 22 percent increase so far this year in the number of serological lab tests performed for valley fever, an indication that cases could top last year’s figures, which were the worst recorded since the 2011 epidemic.
A cadre of legislators, community leaders and health advocates, including U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, are meeting in Stockton Thursday to devise a plan for improving economic and health outcomes throughout the often-overlooked San Joaquin Valley. And one region stands out: Kern County.
Kern County health officials are warning parents not to sleep with their newborns for fear of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death after seven babies died last year while in bed with adults.
Lanie Wright watched in terror as bullets fired by an unseen gunman rained down on a Las Vegas crowd of concert-goers last week.
When students at Caroline Harris Elementary School go to lunch, the cafeteria isn’t dishing out sloppy joes, mystery meatloaf or anything else from the smorgasbord of less-than-healthy options.
Even as Congress works to bring money to Community Health Centers after missing a critical funding deadline Saturday, those facilities are grappling with tough decisions to make up for a 70 percent reduction in federal funds that lapsed this weekend, health care leaders say.
Rose Villanueva, a nurse at Adventist Health Bakersfield, signs a banner being sent to the University Medical Center in Las Vegas, the trauma-one center where the majority of shooting victims was rushed Sunday night after a gunman opened fire into a crowd of concert-goers. The tragedy hit cl…
Eduardo Mendoza’s parents fled Mexico because of a lack of health access, but when they arrived in Delano in 1990, they didn’t fare much better.
Peeking through the gates of a chain link fence in a Delano schoolyard, Jazmeet Bains witnessed health injustice during recess when she was just a girl.
Somebody contracts a new sexually transmitted disease in Kern County every hour, among the highest disease incidence rates in California – even as state figures reach record highs, according to new figures released Tuesday by the California Department of Public Health.
Community Health Centers, including those operated locally, are facing a devastating financial cliff this week that could lead to layoffs of healthcare workers, shutter healthcare centers and damage the economy if Congress does not renew federal funding by Saturday, when it’s set to expire.
Isaiah Mosley’s father was gunned down when he was just 3 years old. Years later, his brother was killed in a high-profile shooting outside a hookah bar in Bakersfield.
The California legislature approved a bill Wednesday that would require the state public health department to develop public outreach programs for valley fever, an insidious respiratory disease endemic to Kern County, if signed by the governor.
Spend some time with me and you’ll notice something’s a little off. I don’t quite stand up straight. My neck bobbles a bit, especially when I’m nervous, stressed or tired.
California has adopted many strong consumer regulations, but they don’t protect the nearly 6 million state residents with a specific type of job-based coverage.
Christy Luton can’t remember where she was or what was going through her head 22 years ago when she took her first hit of meth.
The state Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill Friday that would bring enhanced reporting guidelines and mandate public outreach for valley fever, Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, announced Friday in a press release.
A Kern County resident has died of West Nile virus, Kern County Public Health Services Department officials announced Friday.
Responding to devastating conditions in southeastern Texas caused by Hurricane Harvey, a local health provider packed two mobile care units Thursday morning and sent them into the deluge.
In a grape vineyard west of Wasco, more than a dozen people were groaning in pain, rubbing irritated eyes and crying for help Wednesday morning.
Even though Klarissa Mcallister’s brother was diagnosed with valley fever last year, she didn’t recognize the disease when it struck her 2-year-old son, Bentley Stone, this year.
Most days, 56-year-old Salvador Lopez pulls his well-worn shears out of his side pocket, takes respite from the Bakersfield heat as he ducks beneath a canopy of grape vineyards, then cuts and packages the fruit that feeds the world.
A federal agency granted $4.8 million to continue developing a vaccine that has shown promising results in preventing valley fever among dogs and could lead to a breakthrough for humans, Dr. John Galgiani, one of the nation’s leading valley fever researchers, said during a rare visit to Bake…
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy hasn't given up on a health care bill, an issue that has taken on added urgency locally with insurance company Anthem announcing it will stop offering Covered California exchange policies in Kern County.
Kicking off Valley Fever Awareness Month in Kern County, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., launched the Congressional Valley Fever Task Force website Tuesday.
Just two months before it was set to lose federal funding, Congressman David Valadao co-introduced legislation Tuesday to continue operating a critical program that trains physicians in rural areas.
Valley fever infected 5,372 people last year in California, the most in a single year since cases were made reportable in 1995, California Department of Public Health officials announced Thursday.
An 80-year-old dementia patient fell from his bed and died at Valley Convalescent Hospital in February, something a state public health investigation determined this month came as a direct result of poor care at that facility.
People who live in Oildale, Kern River Valley and Taft — three impoverished, majority-white communities — have the highest premature death rates across Kern County, dying four to 17 years sooner than those in other parts of Bakersfield.
A California law that takes effect July 1 prohibits out-of-network charges if you visit a medical facility that’s in your health plan’s network.
A Kern County resident has been infected with West Nile virus, the first human to have reported contracting the disease in the county, according to the Kern County Public Health Services Department.
Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera made U.S. News & World Report’s new 2017-2018 Best Children’s Hospitals list in the categories of Pediatric Orthopedics (36th), Pediatric Diabetes & Endocrinology (46th) and Pediatric Gastroenterology & Gastrointestinal Surgery (50th).
Assemblyman Vince Fong, R-Bakersfield, on Wednesday honored Wounded Heroes Fund of Kern County as the Nonprofit of the Year for the 34th Assembly District.
Before this week, 13-year-old Summeyya Page had already paved a career path in her mind: she’d be either a police officer or a nurse in the maternity ward.
Emergency room visits are up 29 percent in Kern County since 2009 when the Affordable Care Act was passed, running counter to one of the key takeaways from the law: that they would decrease as consumers take advantage of preventive care.
Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera has become the busiest emergency department in the state and 22nd busiest nationwide, but unlike other hospitals across the state, surging admittances have nothing to do with the Affordable Care Act.
The seven minutes between when someone goes into cardiac arrest and when emergency responders arrive are critical, and the likelihood of someone surviving depends on CPR being started immediately, Bakersfield Fire Department Battalion Chief John Frando said.
In the corner, a wrinkling woman turned her wrists and massaged her fingers. A few chairs away, a graying man rubbed his knees while sitting on his walker. Others hoisted themselves up by cane.
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Even after years of economic recovery in California, the rate of local childhood poverty has been increasing every year since the Great Recession, according to a report released this week by the Kern County Network for Children.
Measure C, a Kern River Valley parcel tax that would have brought $32 million to the region’s only hospital for renovations, including ones that would have helped it avoid closure by 2030, fell short Tuesday night of what it needed to pass.
More people in Kern County have gotten sick with valley fever than public health officials previously thought, marking the third straight year infections have risen.
Should state government become the health insurer for all Californians? With support for that idea growing amid federal efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, the state Senate passed a measure Thursday that would create a new state agency to oversee health care and pay providers direc…