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    Health Roundup: Telemedicine clinic, immunizations and more

    By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
    Thursday, Sep 18 2014 04:17 PM

    Kaiser Permanente and the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting noon Friday at Walmart, 5075 Gosford Road in southwest Bakersfield, to celebrate the expansion of services at Kaiser's in-store telemedicine clinic.

    At Care Corner, health care providers and patients interact using sophisticated digital stethoscopes and other devices that can be connected to high-definition video cameras designed for medical applications.

    Exams take place in private rooms. Care Corner is one of two Walmart clinics that Kaiser opened in October 2013 as part of a two-year pilot project. The other one is in Palmdale.

    Previously, the clinic had only been open to Kaiser members and Walmart employees, but it is now open to the...

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    USC acquires local urology practice

    A local urologist has sold his practice to Keck Medicine, a medical enterprise affiliated with the University of Southern California that could bring new services and clinical trials to the Bakersfield market. Dr. Bruce Joseph will still...

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    Advocates walk to prevent sickle cell, suicide

    Toya Clayton was in her 20s before she was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia. She'd been to the emergency room numerous times, but doctor after doctor failed to test her for the inherited blood disorder. "There just aren't that many people...

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    Bakersfield named site for expanded breast cancer testing

    Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center in Bakersfield has been named the first site in the nation where breast cancer patients can obtain a promising experimental drug through an expanded access program. Pfizer Inc. is developing the drug,...

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    Researchers edging closer to potential valley fever cure

    It's been a good year for the fight against valley fever. In July, the FDA approved a new skin test from San Diego-based Nielsen BioSciences Inc. called Spherusol. Previous skin tests fell out of favor because of a high number of false...

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    State will change pediatric dental coverage in 2015

    All children covered by insurance plans purchased through the state's health exchange Covered California will have pediatric dental coverage included with their medical coverage next year, raising questions about the ability of the region...

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    ASK EMILY: Does Covered California really have you covered?

    A worrisome trend is emerging among some Californians who thought they were safe and secure under Covered California: Their plans are being canceled without consent and sometimes without notice. Take Ricki Manahan, who lives in Truckee, a...

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    Death of Robin Williams boosts calls for help

    It's hard to imagine anything good could come from the heartbreaking death of actor and comic Robin Williams, but there is one silver lining. Calls to crisis hotlines set up to prevent suicide have surged nationwide, including locally,...

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    Yellow fever mosquito detected in Kern County

    Public health officials warned the public Friday about the first ever discovery in Kern County of the yellow fever mosquito, an aggressive, day-biting pest that can carry disease. They not only want to keep people from getting sick but...

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    ASK EMILY: More on those rising insurance rates

    I'm sure you've heard that premiums for plans sold through our health insurance exchange, Covered California, will go up an average of 4.2 percent next year. Just remember, "average" means just that. Your premium increase (or decrease in...

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    Exchange health insurance rates rising

    Covered California has released next year's proposed rates for health plans made possible by the Affordable Care Act, and Kern County's are expected to rise an average of 4.5 percent, slightly higher than the 4.2 percent hike statewide....

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    KMC finances continue to stabilize

    On Monday, 11 months after Kern Medical Center's financial picture collapsed under the weight of misinformation and unexpected losses, the hospital reported a stable condition at the end of the fiscal year. True, the county of Kern spent...

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    JOSE GASPAR: Teen, tenacious mom working hard to save young lives

    While some well-known public figures have emerged from Kern County, there are lesser-known individuals who fly under the radar while working for the benefit of their neighbors. They seek no political office, but are just as determined to...

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