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.
Tending to somebody you love who has a debilitating condition can be physically and emotionally overwhelming. Here are some tips and resources to help you stay strong.
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…
The state Assembly unanimously approved a bill that would bolster reporting requirements for valley fever, the insidious respiratory disease endemic to Kern County that has historically been underreported throughout the nation.
Imagine a microcatheter as skinny as a needle. Now imagine threading that through an artery the diameter of a spaghetti noodle.
Kern County Public Health Services officials are warning consumers about the health risks of purchasing pork rinds, tacos and other treats from unpermitted mobile vendors and launched a new campaign Monday to help report scofflaws.
The Kern River Valley’s only hospital may be shut down in 2030 if voters don’t pass Measure C, a parcel tax on the June ballot that would fund state-required seismic retrofitting, hospital officials say.
Kaiser Permanente spent months working to bring to Kern County a special production of “What Goes Around,” a play that teaches kids about the risks of sexually transmitted diseases that 10,000 students at schools across Southern California see each year.
You might save money on premiums with a high-deductible health plan only to find you’re spending more on the back end. These tips will help you minimize your expenses for medical treatment and prescriptions.
Loretta Shaver doesn’t want to remember her mother, Terry Smith, as the woman whose death might have been avoided at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital.
Tristen Armstrong stood over a cold, lifeless body, her fists pressed over his ribcage as she pumped up and down. Her partner kept pace, coaching her along.
Lily, a 7-year-old Mexican national, couldn't get care in her country. Born with a tumor on her face, surgeons wouldn't operate because it wasn't cancerous, her mother, Katrina said through a translator.
Bakersfield Memorial Hospital has been fined $75,000 after a state investigation determined nurses failed to provide adequate supervision to a patient who choked to death last March, according to a California Department of Public Health investigation.
A bill by Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, to direct more resources to fighting valley fever, passed the Assembly Committee on Health Tuesday, his office said Wednesday.
Bakersfield and several other San Joaquin Valley cities rank among the worst in the nation for air quality, increasing the potential for health risks associated with breathing poor air, according to a report released Wednesday by the American Lung Association in California.
Remember Roger Logan, the Mississippi man who traveled cross-country this year in a cargo van to have a 140-pound tumor removed from his abdomen at a Bakersfield hospital?
A San Joaquin Valley-based health foundation is investing $3 million in 70 regional nonprofits with the ambitious goal of improving health outcomes through policy work, but there are varying levels of detail as to how the money will be used.
The Center at Sierra Health Foundation announced an ambitious initiative Thursday, donating $3 million to 69 nonprofit groups — 11 of which are Kern County-based — to create policy change aimed at creating better health outcomes for those struggling in the San Joaquin Valley.
The opioid addiction crisis has led to a crackdown on prescriptions of drugs such as oxycodone, fentanyl and hydrocodone, particularly for chronic pain patients, who are increasingly given less addictive painkillers along with referrals for acupuncture, physical therapy, massage and even yoga.
When Angela Elmire noticed her 5-year-old son’s leg was shaking uncontrollably — relentlessly, so much so he couldn’t walk — she took him to Dr. Gregorio Pineda. He’s the same doctor who sees her 6-year-old daughter, who suffered such a severe seizure while heading to his office last week th…
Babies are born in Bakersfield almost every day, but none are like Harlow Leanne Reyes. Except for maybe her sister, Sloane Ellis. Or her other sister, Charlie Graham.
Hundreds of families and local business leaders are expected to come together Saturday at The Park at River Walk for the 2017 March for Babies presented by Dignity Health Mercy and Memorial hospitals.
Bakersfield Memorial Hospital unveiled a $5 million emergency center exclusively for children Thursday, part of an aggressive vision to bolster pediatric healthcare throughout the region where there have been limited services.
A state-of-the art medical center designed for children that will also bring dozens of pediatric specialists to town over time is coming to southwest Bakersfield in the summer of 2018.
NEW YORK — Elderly people are suffering concussions and other brain injuries from falls at what appear to be unprecedented rates, according to a new report from U.S. government researchers.