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.
SACRAMENTO — Imagine a place where people turn on their faucets and the pipes spit out contaminated water. Or the air pollution is so thick that it causes asthma. A place where the top grossing industry pays its workers wages so low that many struggled to survive.
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.
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.