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.
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.