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    Personal chef on mission to improve health

    BY COURTENAY EDELHART Californian staff writer
    Saturday, Jul 19 2014 05:52 PM

    The first time personal chef Mayra Melgar was diagnosed with gestational diabetes, she didn't give it much thought. The illness would end when the baby was born, she figured, so she ignored it.

    But it happened again with her second child, and then third daughter Sarah was born with a congenital heart defect. That got Melgar's attention. She put her whole family on a strict, healthy diet.

    There is no white rice or white bread allowed in the home, only whole grains. No soda pop, either, except once a year on birthdays. White, refined sugar? Nope. And no processed foods, either. Melgar even banned television.

    "I didn't want them sitting around watching TV. I wanted them up and active," she said. Today, Melgar has five children ages 14 to...

  2. State accuses local ob/gyn of 'gross negligence'

    The California Medical Board said Friday it was moving to suspend or revoke the medical license of a local obstetrician/gynecologist it accuses of "gross negligence" in the treatment of pregnant women. Dr. Rahul Sharma practices in Delano,...

  3. Dignity settles with government over drug probe

    Dignity Health has agreed to pay the federal government $1.55 million to settle claims it mishandled controlled substances at its hospitals and clinics. Dignity is California's largest hospital provider and the country's fifth largest...

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    THE PULSE: Keeping tabs on health & wellness issues

    STARS OF HEALTH PLAN ENROLLMENT: Nonprofit health care provider Clinica Sierra Vista is having a couple of good weeks. In the past month, the chain of clinics that serves low-income patients in Kern and Fresno counties got two pieces of...

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    THE PULSE: Keeping tabs on health & wellness issues

    BE CAREFUL, STDS ARE RISING: The state is reminding sexually active adults to use protection during intercourse in light of a spike in sexually transmitted diseases. Last year, California had 216,000 reported STDs, the California...

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    Locally, observers are split on high court's ruling

    In Bakersfield, abortion opponents applauded the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby, which had challenged a mandate to cover contraception along with other preventive services at no extra charge to insured employees. "Of...

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    THE PULSE: Valley fever training and procedure database

    VALLEY FEVER TRAINING: The Health Officers Association of California is developing a continuing medical education program on the diagnosis and treatment of valley fever. Also called coccidioidomycosis, valley fever is an infection caused...

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    Obamacare open enrollment to resume in November

    Open enrollment to purchase individual health plans through the state's health insurance exchange will run from Nov. 15 to Feb. 15, 2015. It had been unclear when open enrollment would resume because of efforts to synchronize Covered...

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    THE PULSE: Keeping tabs on health & wellness issues

    FREE LECTURES FOR WOMEN: Dignity Health is sponsoring "Below the Belt," a series of free monthly women's health seminars . The seminars will cover a variety of obstetrics and gynecology topics. The first one is 6:30 p.m. June 25 at the...

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    Valley fever research eligible for new federal funding

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has decided to include the fungus that causes valley fever on a list of qualifying pathogens mandated by the Generating Antibiotic Incentives Now, or GAIN, Act. The law created incentives for the...

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    THE PULSE: America leads the world in obesity

    Shocking news: Americans are fat. The United States had 13 percent of the global population of overweight and obese people last year despite accounting for just 5 percent of the world's population, according to a new analysis of trend data...

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    Local pharmacist a key force behind new landmark law

    Bakersfield pharmacist Ryan Gates knows how to work a room. Wherever he goes, people seem to know him. He, in turn, knows them, not just names but details about their families -- whose mother is sick, who just had a baby. "He's really...

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    California teen births fall, but Kern's is among state's highest

    Kern County has the second highest teen birth rate in California, according to new numbers released this week. Kern had a birth rate of 53.4 births per every 1,000 females ages 15-19, second only to Tulare County's just higher 53.7, the...

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