2014 Medical Achievers

This special Achievers Series presentation is representative of our wonderful local healthcare community.

With the KernHealth Profiles section, we’re giving those in the medical profession an opportunity to share information about their skills and their specialties with readers so that they can connect with some of our area’s finest doctors and facilities for the best treatment when they need it most.

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Valley Fever: Danger in the Dirt

The Central Valley is known to have some of the richest, most fertile soils in the West. Unfortunately, certain soils in this area are also home to a fungus known as Coccidioides, which, when inhaled by humans, cause the disease Valley Fever (coccidioidomycosis).

Because the disease is endemic [originates here] to our area and other parts of the southwest, Valley Fever has previously been seen as a local and regional problem. But fortunately, there are people looking out for our community, fighting toward more treatment options…and better treatment options.

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Lauren Small Children’s Medical Center

Necessity is the mother of invention, but it’s also the mother of community.

We all have needs—from the very basic like food and shelter, to the more specific like medical care and purpose—and from time to time, those needs have to be met by others. It’s need that bonds us together as a community.

After all, when those needs are met, the entire community feels the effect. When they aren’t, we know it.

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Cancer Update: Leading the Way

We’re living in an incredible age of medical advances. It seems like every day there’s a breakthrough in the treatment of any number of diseases and conditions. What you might not be aware of is that when it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, Kern County plays an integral role in those advances.

That’s certainly apparent after hearing what the physicians at the Comprehensive Blood & Cancer Center (CBCC) have been up to this year.

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Hospital Update: Better Care Every Year

With vast improvements occurring regularly and medical technology advancing at breakneck speed, it can be hard to keep track of all of the magnificent things our local hospitals are doing for our community.

We once again reached out to area hospitals to learn more about what happened in 2014 in the realms of new healthcare programs, procedures, equipment, and treatment options (and what’s in store for 2015) so that you can be informed when it comes to choosing the right kind of care for you and your family. That is why we are glad to take the guesswork out of the equation.

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Are You a Cyberchondriac?

Has that rash on your leg spread? A headache for more than a day has to be a sign of brain cancer, right? Does this stomach ache feel like something new? Something kinda e. colish?

Admit it, these types of questions run through your head from time to time. It’s only human to let a bit of that paranoia seep into your brain during bouts of illness or pain. We don’t want it to be something worse than it is, but our imaginations get carried away.

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