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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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    THE PULSE: Insurers launch patient information exchange

    HEALTH INFORMATION EXCHANGE: Two rival health insurers have teamed up to form a nonprofit that will run an independent, statewide health information exchange that the companies hope will improve patient health and hold down medical costs,...

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    State accuses prominent pharmacist of violations

    The state has accused prominent local pharmacist Brian Komoto and Komoto Custom Care Pharmacy of manufacturing drugs without a permit, using expired ingredients to fill prescriptions, not listing an expiration date on some labels and other...

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    A year after symposium, progress against valley fever slow

    David Leon is always glad when a nurse changes his intravenous bag to amphtericin-B, a powerful antifungal medication. "It's yellow. I call it lemonade," he said during a visit Friday to a Bakersfield pulmonologist. The arrival of the...

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