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    THE PULSE: Local racer drives home diabetes message

    By COURTENAY EDELHART, Californian staff writer
    Tuesday, Apr 15 2014 04:00 PM

    A race car driver from Bakersfield has teamed up with the American Diabetes Association and Lilly Diabetes as spokesman for their Drive to Stop Diabetes awareness campaign.

    Ryan Reed, 20, of Charlotte, is a NASCAR driver with the Roush Fenway team. That's Fenway as in Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. Same people.

    But Reed almost had to give up his dream of a racing career. He was diagnosed with Type I diabetes during his senior year at Liberty High School as he was preparing to move to North Carolina.

    "My doctor at the time told me I'd never race again because there was no way to do it safely," he said. "There were so many different variables that could go wrong."

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    Ballot initiative seeks drug testing for doctors

    As California voters mull a proposed ballot initiative aimed at sniffing out malpractice and abuse, a Bakersfield OB-GYN has lost his license for allegedly writing prescriptions for "illegitimate uses." Dr. Richard Wallrath was already on...

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    The pulse: Keeping tabs on health & wellness issues

    NEW HOPE FOR CANCER FIGHT: An experimental drug being investigated for the treatment of advanced breast cancer has earned a "breakthrough therapy" designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and a paper on it will be presented...

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    ASK EMILY: More time to avoid the Obamacare tax penalty

    In my last column, I warned you that March 31 was your last chance to sign up for a health plan from Covered California or the private market if you wanted to get health coverage this year. So much for that. You now have until 11:59 p.m....

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    Wal-Mart shoppers: The doctor will see you now

    Shortly after the Kaiser Permanente Care Corner clinic opened for the day in a southwest Bakersfield Wal-Mart one recent Friday, licensed vocational nurse Irene Ethridge decided to drum up some business. "Hi there. Are you a Kaiser...

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    Cancer fund's new campout fundraiser opens Friday

    It's too late to organize a competitive team for Campout Against Cancer, the debut fundraiser for a new initiative to raise money for local families battling the disease, but it's not too late for individuals to enjoy the two days of...

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    Hall buys Wasco-based ambulance company

    Hall Ambulance has bought another ambulance company, increasing the share of territory claimed by Kern County's largest ambulance company. Reports to the Kern County Board of Supervisors indicate Hall Ambulance -- owned by Bakersfield...

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    THE PULSE: Hoffman to break ground on new hospice facility

    INPATIENT HOSPICE CARE: Hoffmann Hospice will break ground April 9 on an 18-bed residential facility in the Seven Oaks Business Park near Buena Vista and Bolthouse drives in Bakersfield. The 25,000-square-foot residential, three-wing...

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    Obamacare procrastinators endure long waits, crashing website

    The state jumped through all sorts of hoops to make sure it was ready for a deluge of applications on the last day of open enrollment for Covered California Monday. Didn't work. The Covered California health insurance exchange portal...

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    ASK EMILY: Last chance: The Obamacare deadline is here

    Here it comes, folks, the deadline that I have been harping on for months: March 31 marks the end of Obamacare's inaugural open-enrollment period and your last chance to sign up for a health plan through the state's health insurance...

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    Mercy Southwest to build 120-bed tower

    Dignity Health plans to build a four-story, 120-bed addition on the eastern end of its 150,000-square-foot Mercy Southwest campus at Stockdale Highway and Old River Road. The new $150 million tower would allow the hospital to expand...

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    The pulse: Keeping tabs on health & wellness issues

    OBESITY LINK TO ADHD MEDS: Among the downsides of taking stimulants to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is that they suppress the appetite and stunt growth. With so many of the young people who take ADHD medicines being...

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    Health care signups get push

    When Angel Martinez signed up for health insurance at a Covered California enrollment workshop Saturday, it was the first time in his life he had ever had a policy. At 52, Martinez has several health issues he's looking forward to...

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