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  1. Agency offers training for parents of autistic children

    By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
    Wednesday, Apr 22 2015 04:28 PM

    Easter Seals is offering Kaiser Permanente members who care for autistic children free training in effective ways to advance behavioral therapy in the home.

    "We realize that our programs aren't going to be successful if caregivers aren't successful in the home, so there was a real need," said Maridith Resendez, regional clinical director for Easter Seals and co-lead on the Caregiver Training Program, which focuses on the concept of "Educate, Model, Empower, Support."

    Trained clinical supervisors will work with caregivers over several weeks to give them the tools most relevant to assist their child with new learning. The Easter Seals program gives parents a step-by-step guide to effectively teach, model and encourage children to master...

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    Bakersfield girl survives life-threatening flu

    Second-grader Lydia Ledford is back home in Bakersfield after spending 55 days hooked up to machines because she couldn't breathe. The child almost died from what started out as a routine case of influenza. Every year, public health...

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    Alleged child abuser released from jail

    Justin Whittington, the man police say was caught on a convenience store's surveillance camera punching a toddler in the face, was scheduled for release from jail Saturday after police reduced the charges expected to be filed in the case....

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    Athletes, families camp out and compete to fight cancer

    Brian Johnson's daughter, Cassidy, got a great present Saturday, a day after her 15th birthday. She beat her dad at laser tag, with 45 hits to his 44, at the second annual Camp Out Against Cancer at State Farm Sports Village. The event...

  5. Worth Noting in Health: Brain injury treatment and more

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded a contract to the Centre for Neuro Skills to provide residential rehabilitation services to veterans with traumatic brain injuries. The contract grew out of a 2011 Assisted Living Pilot...

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    Bakersfield medical student wins medical ethics fellowship

    A Stanford University student from Bakersfield is among 14 medical students chosen to study medical ethics in a prestigious fellowship that includes travel to sites of some of the most notorious failures of bioethics in history. Jason...

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    Hospital donates breast surgery to patient

    Sarah Smith isn't a breast cancer survivor, but she feels a great deal of empathy for women disfigured by the disease. She knows what it feels like to live without a breast. On Thursday, the Bakersfield mother of four underwent surgery,...

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    Boy battles rare disorder usually found in girls

    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...

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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...

  10. 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....

  11. 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...

  13. 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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