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    Dental hygiene students provide discount cleanings

    BY COURTENAY EDELHART Californian staff writer
    Friday, Sep 26 2014 06:38 PM

    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 cleaned. Clinical training is one of the requirements of graduating from the college's two-year registered dental hygienist program, so students have an insatiable need for people to learn and practice on.

    Other students are fair game, but the dentists and hygienists who oversee the Taft Dental Clinic would prefer to have patients from the general public.

    "Students generally are young and take care of their teeth, so you don't see the sort of complex cases that our people need to get experience with,"...

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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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    Death of Robin Williams boosts calls for help

    It's hard to imagine anything good could come from the heartbreaking death of actor and comic Robin Williams, but there is one silver lining. Calls to crisis hotlines set up to prevent suicide have surged nationwide, including locally,...

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    THE PULSE: Insurers launch patient information exchange

    HEALTH INFORMATION EXCHANGE: Two rival health insurers have teamed up to form a nonprofit that will run an independent, statewide health information exchange that the companies hope will improve patient health and hold down medical costs,...

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    State accuses prominent pharmacist of violations

    The state has accused prominent local pharmacist Brian Komoto and Komoto Custom Care Pharmacy of manufacturing drugs without a permit, using expired ingredients to fill prescriptions, not listing an expiration date on some labels and other...

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    A year after symposium, progress against valley fever slow

    David Leon is always glad when a nurse changes his intravenous bag to amphtericin-B, a powerful antifungal medication. "It's yellow. I call it lemonade," he said during a visit Friday to a Bakersfield pulmonologist. The arrival of the...

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    THE PULSE: Keeping tabs on health & wellness issues

    KERN YOUTH INJURIES: Kern County youngsters are injured at higher rates than children in California as a whole, according to new figures released from Kidsdata.org. In 2012 -- the most recent year for which numbers were available -- Kern...

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