According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 1 in 3 U.S. adults have hypertension, but only about half (47 percent) of those have it under control.
When it comes to eliminating poverty in Kern County — a seemingly insurmountable task given its pervasiveness — the entire community must get involved, a national expert told hundreds of local school employees, social workers, mental health providers and other caregivers Thursday.
Kern County Public Health officials shut down three massage parlors Monday evening after taking part in a multi-agency sting operation that uncovered suspected prostitution, health officials said.
Paige Atkison was trying to get better. During what would have been her junior year at Independence High School, she was trying to study for tests and navigate the obstacles high school is chock-full of, while battling something bigger: an eating disorder coming for her life.
Despite opposition from health officers, the State Assembly unanimously passed two bills Thursday authored by Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, that could streamline and standardize case reporting of valley fever, a respiratory disease endemic to Kern County and the southwestern United States.
Valley fever, an insidious respiratory disease endemic to the region, killed nine people and infected 2,929 in Kern County in 2017, making it the second worst year for the disease since the county began recording cases in 1992, local public health officials announced Monday.
FRESNO — Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board members voted Thursday to require an oil wastewater dump site operator in McKittrick suspected of polluting nearby groundwater to install a network of wells monitoring contamination. That falls short of environmentalists’ demands f…
Facing pushback from the medical community, Assemblyman Vince Fong, R-Bakersfield, withdrew a bill late last month that would have required doctors to order specific types of lab tests when they suspect valley fever, a respiratory disease found throughout the southwestern United States.
When Sarah Baron tells her students at Bakersfield College about the poor health outcomes in Kern County, their eyes glaze over.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranked Kern County toward the bottom of the state when it comes to health outcomes, but one local health economist says that those rankings are inflated and that the county actually falls in the middle of the pack.
After serving the county for almost 30 years, Kern County Public Health Officer Dr. Claudia Jonah — who helped oversee the department during a measles outbreak, a West Nile Virus epidemic and other health scares — will retire at the end of this month.
More than 15,000 Dignity Health workers in California signed a five-year contract with their employer this month that included 13 percent raises over five years, ending speculation from employees that the merger between Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives would lead to diminished …
A 12-foot-long, 10-foot-wide, 10-foot-tall inflatable colon with polyps and healthy tissue was Kaiser Permanente's way of starting the conversation on colon health and colon cancer prevention on Monday.
Kern County ranks toward the bottom of the state and the worst in the San Joaquin Valley for poor health outcomes — but it has been making progress when it comes to a few key measures, according to a report published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation this week.
Bakersfield Assemblymen Vince Fong and Rudy Salas submitted a bipartisan $7 million budget proposal Monday to combatting valley fever, an insidious respiratory disease endemic to Kern County.
Two years ago, Bakersfield High School students Nigeria Manning and Temia Williams watched as their close friend — a high school junior — unexpectedly became pregnant.
Hundreds of union healthcare workers plan to protest outside of two local hospitals this month as they demand better wages, benefits and pathways to improving patient care ahead of a merger between two healthcare giants that would be worth billions.
More than one year after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy secured $5 million in federal funding to launch a five-year clinical trial of a drug used to treat valley fever, health providers are struggling to enroll patients.
It’s been more than a decade since the Kern County Public Health Services Department has staffed a full-time nutritionist, but that changed recently.
Before last week, Mackenzie Starkey considered herself pretty healthy — then she began keeping track of how much sugar she consumed daily.
Adventist Health Bakersfield is offering free cancer screenings for veterans from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at the AIS Cancer Center, located at 2620 Chester Ave.
Bakersfield lawmakers this week requested $3 million in the state budget to research treatments and conduct outreach for valley fever, an insidious respiratory disease endemic to Kern County that infected more people last year in California than in the state’s history.
Community advocates from across the San Joaquin Valley rose early Thursday, loading onto buses for an hours-long ride to the state capitol to make this plea to legislators: invest in the valley.
When a group of about 30 brainy high school students boarded a bus Wednesday morning, they thought they were in store for a tour of the Kern County Public Health Services Department.
Before walking into the parent resource center at McKinley Elementary School, Classy Gray didn’t know much about valley fever, the insidious respiratory disease that annually infects thousands throughout the southwestern United States.
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.