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Health Walk promotes mental health Walk promotes mental health (Video)
The eighth annual NAMI Walk at the Park at River Walk raises money and awareness about our country's need for a world-class treatment and recovery system for people with mental illness.
Health Officials fear Ebola's on AIDS path; some disagree Officials fear Ebola's on AIDS path; some disagree
Comparisons between the two deadly diseases surfaced in the last few months as the Ebola outbreak escalated. Both emerged from Africa and erupted into an international health crisis. And both have been a shocking reminder that mankind's battle against infectious diseases can take a sudden, terrible turn for the worse.
Health Gay-rights group backs use of HIV-prevention pill Gay-rights group backs use of HIV-prevention pill
The largest U.S. gay-rights organization Saturday endorsed efforts to promote the use of a once-a-day pill to prevent HIV infection and called on insurers to provide more generous coverage of the drug.
Health Experts: Even with Ebola worries, don't forget the dangers of  flu Experts: Even with Ebola worries, don't forget the dangers of flu (Video)
With so much attention on the Ebola virus, families are reminded not to forget about the dangers of the flu. Experts say some of the early symptoms of Ebola and the flu can be similar. But, you can only be exposed to Ebola through direct contact with someone who's been to an affected country in West Africa.
Health Kern official on more Ebola: 'figure out where we need to plan' Kern official on more Ebola: 'figure out where we need to plan' (Video)
Kern's Public Health Officer says she won't be surprised if guidelines change, now that a second Dallas hospital worker has been confirmed with Ebola. Local health officials and facilities are watching what federal authorities may decide, and getting ready for any possible case of the deadly virus.
Health California reviewing Ebola detection, procedures
State Health Officer Ron Chapman said Wednesday that the administration of Gov. Jerry Brown has assembled a team to monitor the situation after two Texas nurses tested positive for the virus while caring for an Ebola patient.
Health Local hospitals say they're ready, nurses ask for more preparation for Ebola Local hospitals say they're ready, nurses ask for more preparation for Ebola (Video)
A local nurses spokeswoman wants more stringent preparations for possible Ebola cases. The reaction comes after a Dallas nurse who cared for the first U.S. Ebola case is now confirmed with the virus. Bakersfield-area hospitals say they are ready with plans and special equipment.
Health Poll: Many insured still struggle with medical bills Poll: Many insured still struggle with medical bills
Having health insurance is no panacea for high medical costs. Overall, 1 in 4 privately insured U.S. adults say they don't have much confidence in their ability to pay for a major, unexpected medical expense.
Health No changes at Meadows Field, but 5 international airports set to start Ebola screening No changes at Meadows Field, but 5 international airports set to start Ebola screening (Video)
Passengers at Meadows Field say they're glad the U.S. government will start screening for the Ebola virus at certain American airports. That does not include Bakersfield, and local airport officials say that's because the program will be at the only airports with direct flights to the African countries affected by the deadly outbreak.
Health Classic car show Saturday to benefit cancer patients Classic car show Saturday to benefit cancer patients (Video)
The Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center will be holding a classic car show and chili cook-off 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, with proceeds benefiting children who have cancer that need to travel to other medical facilities away from Bakersfield.