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    Family stops in Bakersfield on cross-country trip to help the needy

    BY COURTENAY EDELHART The Bakersfield Californian
    Wednesday, Oct 15 2014 04:35 PM

    Vicki Jameson was a little overwhelmed by the activity in her mobile home as a small army of volunteers cleaned and packed. She didn't know any of the folks who had driven all the way from Phoenix to help ease her transition to an assisted living center. But she was sure grateful for the help.

    "What all these people have done here in about two and a half hours today would have taken me at least three weeks," Jameson said. "And I'm not left-handed. How would I have done all this with one arm?"

    Jameson, 61, has multiple sclerosis and was recovering from surgery Wednesday after falling and breaking her right arm in five places. Divorced and childless, she had no family to help her as, wearing a cast, she prepared to move from her home of...

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    Is Kern County ready for ebola? Maybe, maybe not

    The death of an ebola patient in Dallas Wednesday has raised questions about the American health care system's ability to handle a domestic outbreak. Thomas Eric Duncan had been sent home from an emergency room last month only to return...

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    Foundation sponsors comedy benefit for special couple's dream wedding

    Kurt Dudley and Blanca Grimes thought they'd made it through a cancer nightmare when, two years ago, Dudley feigned an excuse to get down on one knee and surprised his longtime girlfriend with a ring. Dudley had had 80 percent of his...

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    Health roundup: Valley fever drug, Covered California

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has named a developing treatment for valley fever a "qualifying infectious disease product," or QIDP, under the GAIN Act, which should help expedite the medicine's approval process. The new antifungal...

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    State warns insurers not to restrict abortion coverage

    Seven health insurers in California are mulling how to respond to letters from the state warning them that health plans excluding abortion coverage are a violation of state law. Bakersfield-based GEMCare Health Plan and Blue Shield of...

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    Dental hygiene students provide discount cleanings

    TAFT-- It's a running joke on the Taft College campus that if students in blue scrubs emerge from the dental hygiene building and their eyes come to rest on you -- run! There's a good chance they're going to ask you to get your teeth...

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    Health Roundup: Telemedicine clinic, immunizations and more

    Kaiser Permanente and the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting noon Friday at Walmart, 5075 Gosford Road in southwest Bakersfield, to celebrate the expansion of services at Kaiser's in-store telemedicine...

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    USC acquires local urology practice

    A local urologist has sold his practice to Keck Medicine, a medical enterprise affiliated with the University of Southern California that could bring new services and clinical trials to the Bakersfield market. Dr. Bruce Joseph will still...

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    Advocates walk to prevent sickle cell, suicide

    Toya Clayton was in her 20s before she was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia. She'd been to the emergency room numerous times, but doctor after doctor failed to test her for the inherited blood disorder. "There just aren't that many people...

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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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    THE PULSE: There's a new surgical procedure in town

    NEW DEFIBRILLATOR SURGERY: For the last three months, Phil Inglis walked around with a life vest on. Not a life jacket used for boating, but an external defibrillator designed to shock his heart back to a steady rhythm if it started...

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