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.
For many people, living with back pain is a persistent struggle, but the message Wednesday at San Joaquin Community Hospital is that improved treatments for ailing backs offer hope.
One in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer during their lifetime, according to the American Cancer Association, which notes that Breast Cancer Awareness Month — october — offers a long list of ways to do something about it.
A decade ago, Wendy Bailey, 55, could never have predicted she’d be saving lives as a member of Kern Valley Search and Rescue (KVSAR).
After 10 years dreading pool time with her grandchildren, Jeri James spent nearly the entire summer this year splashing around, having fun and most importantly, making memories.
When Mark Ashley’s brother suffered a traumatic brain injury during his service in the Navy, doctors told his parents that treatment options were limited, if not non-existent. Ashley’s mother refused to accept those terms.
Treating a heart attack patient is all about coordination and speed, but some procedures have been called into question thanks to a large-scale study that involved a Bakersfield cardiologist.
Clinica Sierra Vista, a large chain of health-care clinics for the poor based in Bakersfield, was just awarded $483,333 in Affordable Care Act money to help operate a soon-to-be-finished health center in east Bakersfield.