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.
Editor’s note: This story was first published in February 2012. It’s being re-published in light of new allegations against Dr. Jason Helliwell by the Medical Board of California.
The family medicine residency program at Kern Medical Center is winding down, with five residents having recently begun their third and final year of training at the county hospital. After they graduate, the program will cease to operate there.
In another sign of the continuing maturity of Kern County’s health system, the American Heart Association announced Friday it was giving Memorial Hospital an accreditation that recognizes the Bakersfield hospital’s acute cardiac care program.
The Anthem Blue Cross Foundation has awarded $40,000 to the American Cancer Society to help Omni Family Health provide breast cancer education and screening.
Shelby Hedges’ concussion occurred during the first soccer game of the high school season. Prior to her concussion she was an avid reader, but afterwards, she had trouble with reading and focusing as soon as she started trying to do her schoolwork. After about one month it was obvious her di…
State regulators revoked the medical license of Dr. Jerry Curtis Fox, of Bakersfield, after he failed to submit to an examination to determine his fitness to practice medicine.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.