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    Boy battles rare disorder usually found in girls

    BY COURTENAY EDELHART The Bakersfield Californian
    Sunday, Mar 22 2015 03:00 PM

    Braylon Galloway is 5 years old, but functions almost like an infant. He can't talk, so he communicates with non-verbal vocalizations such as whining. His vision is impaired. And his low muscle tone and seriously hampered motor skills prevent him from walking. He can't eat and digest food properly, either, so he receives nutrition through a gastrostomy tube.

    But the child's biggest problem is the seizures. At one point, they were hourly and stretched as long as 18 minutes a pop.

    Braylon suffers from an extremely rare neurological disease called CDKL5 Disorder, which is as mysterious as it sounds. It was only identified in 2004, when two sets of researchers separately published work that identified a gene mutation on the X chromosome...

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    'Unsung heroes' of emergency medical services are recognized

    Two emergency medical service providers who know first-hand what it's like to be in an accident are among six local people the California Ambulance Association will honor at a ceremony in Sacramento on Monday. The trade association honors...

  3. Kern heath safety net scores well in new study

    A new study that looks at health care safety nets after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act generally praises Kern County's indigent care, but calls on all counties to do more to provide services to undocumented immigrants....

  4. Clinica Sierra Vista opens site in northeast Bakersfield

    Clinica Sierra Vista has opened a new clinic in northeast Bakersfield and will hold a grand opening event Friday to celebrate. The 14,000-square-foot East Niles Community Health Center has been up and running since Feb. 2, when there was...

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    Bakersfield boy's tumor could live on in medical research

    Nathan Street's parents were devastated when they were told early last year that the cause of their little boy's mysterious new crossed eye was an inoperable, malignant brain tumor. It was Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG. That's...

  6. Potential multimillion dollar mesh trial goes to jury

    A jury of three women and nine men began deliberating late Thursday in a transvaginal mesh trial brought by a Bakersfield woman and her husband, a case that has garnered national attention. Coleen Perry, 52, of Bakersfield, filed a...

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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...

  8. 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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    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...

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    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...

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