Assemblyman Vince Fong, R-Bakersfield, will introduce two bills Wednesday aimed at combating valley fever, the orphan disease which infected Californians at epidemic levels last year.
Advocates for valley fever research give Bakersfield Assemblyman Rudy Salas an “A” for effort for what they call the most robust legislative effort to address the disease in California history. But public health officials and disease experts are split on whether the remedies proposed by Sala…
State health officials are warning members of the public to protect themselves against an influenza that has claimed at least 27 lives so far this season, with cases climbing at a faster rate than in past years.
Apparently undaunted by Gov. Jerry Brown's October veto of legislation that would've brought new disease reporting guidelines and funding to the little-known respiratory disease known as valley fever, Assemblyman Rudy Salas has introduced an even more robust legislative package aimed at tack…
Ten people in California have died so far this winter from influenza, evidence that health professionals' warnings are valid: this flu is hitting harder and earlier than it has in years. The virus has hospitalized scores of people, leaving the state to contend with widespread outbreaks and, …
Driven by a lingering high-pressure system, a thick blanket of smog, smoke and pollution has been hanging over the valley for roughly three weeks, sending fine particulate matter to its unhealthiest monitored level and driving up emergency room visits.
Steve Schilling was never formally trained in health care, but he transformed a once-failing free clinic in tiny Weedpatch that cared for migrant farmworkers into one of the nation’s largest community health center networks — one that sprawls across the Central Valley and serves tens of thou…
The flu vaccine might not be as effective this year against a common and virulent strain, H3N2, but local public health officials say that’s no reason to abandon the shot altogether.
Public Health officials launched a campaign this week urging people to be cautious in what’s shaping up to be a record-setting year for pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities, including the most recent death Wednesday of a 5-year-old girl.
Martha Warriner-Jarrett, a 72-year-old, white, heterosexual woman, is in the demographic group least at-risk for Human Immunodeficiency Virus.
Nine construction workers fell ill to valley fever this year while working on a solar panel project in Monterey County after employers allowed serious lapses in training and safety precautions, according to new information obtained by the Center for Health Journalism Collaborative on the rec…
Six construction outfits working on a solar project in Monterey County were fined more than $240,000 this week for failing to protect their workers from valley fever, an insidious respiratory disease caused by a fungus that grows in the soil throughout the Southwestern United States.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Scientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body in a bold attempt to permanently change a person’s DNA to cure a disease.
Although teens in Kern County are giving birth at higher rates than almost anywhere else in the state, that trend is slowing, according to state data released this week.
State public health officials suspect cases of valley fever, the insidious respiratory disease endemic to Kern County, have increased so far this year by at least 34 percent statewide — which could make it the worst year for valley fever in the disease’s recorded history, according to new da…
Zach Martin doesn’t know why Child Protective Services stripped him from his parents when he was a toddler. He was told it might have involved drugs, but he’s not really sure.
Two years after breaking ties with Grossman Burn Center, which established a facility at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital last year, Adventist Health Bakersfield shut the doors of its burn center this month, hospital officials announced.
Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood grew up in Kern County. He hikes here, he rides horses here and he golfs here. He remembers elementary school field trips to Shark’s Tooth Hill to dig for relics here. He has done just about everything that could put him at risk for breathing in the cocci…
A year ago, Kern County Public Health officials recognized an ongoing problem: Sexually transmitted diseases throughout Kern County were among the worst statewide, and those rates were surging among high school students and mothers infecting their babies.
Heather Menzel spent 312 mornings on a bus at daybreak, twisting through the Kern River Canyon out of Lake Isabella and into Bakersfield.
The regions with the 21 worst opioid death rates in California – from the tribal lands of San Diego County to rural hamlets near the Oregon border – have no Medication Assisted Treatment facilities within easy reach, leaving those struggling with addiction little hope for recovery, an analys…
Nearly a month after Congress allowed funding for multiple critical health programs to lapse, sending states scrambling to find emergency funding, the House of Representatives voted Friday on a legislative package to reauthorize the programs.
Vowing to “set the record straight” amid mixed messages from Washington about the future of the Affordable Care Act, healthcare leaders from Covered California, the state’s insurance marketplace, are stopping Saturday in Bakersfield as part of a statewide tour encouraging people sign up as e…
You can see them printed on the sides of buses, the windows of businesses, and bumper stickers slapped on the tail ends of cars around Bakersfield.
Kern County health officials say they’re not sure what to expect locally from President Donald J. Trump’s announcement Thursday that he intends to authorize a robust fight against the devastating opioid epidemic spreading throughout the country.
Just days before President Donald J. Trump declared the opioid epidemic a National Public Health Emergency, California's Department of Public Health released a slew of data related to opioid overdose death, prescriptions and incidence.
Even as the number of valley fever cases sharply increase in Central California, Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed legislation that would have created programs to inform the public about the little-known respiratory disease.
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.