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    THE PULSE: Sickle cell patients, advocates hope to raise quality of local treatment

    By COURTENAY EDELHART, Californian staff writer
    Tuesday, Apr 22 2014 05:00 PM

    TRAINING FOR SICKLE CELL: Full disclosure. Like one out of 12 African Americans, I am a carrier of the genetic trait for sickle cell anemia. So are my sister, two of my nieces and my daughter.

    Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder characterized by sickle-shaped red blood cells. Healthy, disc-shaped red blood cells are flexible and pass through blood vessels freely, but sickle cells often clump together and create blockages.

    Carriers of the trait typically go their whole lives without symptoms, but if two parents have sickle cell trait or another change in hemoglobin (a component of the red blood cell that transports oxygen), there is a one in four chance they will have a child with the disease, one chance in four of a...

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    Bakersfield area rates low for access to produce

    Gema Perez says her southeast Bakersfield neighborhood doesn't have a lot of supermarkets, and the few there are either too expensive or have an extremely limited selection. "When I want fruits and vegetables, I have to drive far away, or I...

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    THE PULSE: Local racer drives home diabetes message

    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...

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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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    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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    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...

  10. Kern County again ranked low for health

    For the second year in a row, Kern County is ranked among the worst of California counties in health outcomes, according to data released this week. Kern ranked better than Siskiyou, Del Norte and Lake counties. Marin County placed first....

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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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