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    Go Red for Women speaker warns women of heart attack risk

    Margaret Patteson isn't your typical heart attack victim. The baby boomer and mother of two is an avid runner and cyclist. She's more fit than many people half her age, and president of the Bakersfield Track Club. But in March of last...

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    Website to offer neighborhood-level air data

    Many residents of the San Joaquin Valley are pretty savvy about the quality of the air they breathe. They know when summer ozone levels are spiking in Arvin or wintertime particulate pollution is off the charts in Bakersfield. And vice...

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    Heart Hospital sets up Fast Track program in ER

    Bakersfield Heart Hospital is hoping to shorten wait times for less serious cases in its emergency room with a new Fast Track program. People suffering heart attacks and other major health crises will continue to be seen in the emergency...

  4. Bakersfield doctor accused of negligence

    The Medical Board of California has accused a Bakersfield gastroenterologist of negligence and incompetence following the death of a patient. In a written accusation filed Feb. 13, the state moved to revoke or suspend the medical license of...

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    Growing numbers of seniors may aggravate doctor shortage

    Wayne Wood is in generally good health, but he takes about six pills a day for "typical old man problems," among them high blood pressure and high cholesterol. He's treated for those at GEMCare Comprehensive Care Center, one of the few...

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    ASK EMILY: Got an Obamacare tax credit? You may need a tax preparer.

    Another in a series of Q&A columns answering consumers' questions about the Affordable Care Act. Hey, health insurance stragglers, this is your moment. Obamacare's second open-enrollment period ends Feb. 15, which is the last day to...


    Home health aides protest revocation of overtime pay

    About two dozen protesters demonstrated outside the Bakersfield office of the California Department of Industrial Relations Wednesday to protest the state's decision to back away from requiring overtime pay for home aide workers who care...

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    Sprouts prepares for Feb. 25 grand opening

    Sprouts Farmers Market is celebrating the grand opening of its new supermarket in Bakersfield with a ribbon cutting and special discounts. Activities and special offers will kick off Feb. 25 at the company's new southwest Bakersfield...


    Revenues up, staffing costs down as hopeful KMC trend continues

    Chalk up five straight months in the black for Kern Medical Center. The county hospital's management team told Kern County supervisors Monday that they had booked operational profits at KMC in both November and December, adding to...

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    Kern vaccination rates beat the state's

    Rocio Garcia held her 3-year-old son, Eli, on her lap to keep him still while a nurse gave him a shot in the leg. The toddler shrieked, then asked for the Sponge Bob sticker he'd been promised in exchange for cooperating. The nurse...


    Covered California makes push for enrollment

    Leaders of the state’s health insurance exchange are pleased that the Affordable Care Act has dramatically reduced the ranks of the uninsured, but they’re still scrambling to reach the uncovered with open enrollment closing in less than...


    Local doctor wants the world to know: Baby Got Kale!

    To the venerable list of pop culture odes to the derriere, add a locally produced parody mashing up Sir-Mix-A-Lot's iconic "Baby Got Back" and Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda." "Baby Got Kale!" is the brainchild of Nina Ha, wife of local doctor...

  13. McDonalds working with public health on possible measles exposure

    McDonald's says it is working with public health officials after learning a person infected with the measles visited a Delano McDonald's on Jan. 25. A person from Ventura County stopped at the McDonald's at 610 Woollomes Ave. before...

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