On Wednesday, Bakersfield had some of the worst air quality it's possibly seen ever. An expert with the American Lung Association joined Eyewitness News Mornings to talk about those impacts.
Coming up over the weekend, the American Red Cross, Kern Chapter, is giving away free safety equipment and free lunch at an annual Save-a-Life event.
Amity Addrisi interviews Pakistani journalist Madeha Naqvi on Eyewitness News Health Alert.
Already pilloried for long wait times for medical appointments, the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs has fallen short of another commitment: to attend to the needs of the rising ranks of female veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, many of them of child-bearing age.
Kern county supervisors were presented with a plan that may help Kern Medical Center's financial problem. Officials with KMC propose a merger between KMC and Kern Health Systems, an independent agency that manages health care for residents on medical. It's a move officials say will help medical providers improve quality while reducing expenses.
The government is reminding pregnant women to stay away from certain fish that can be high in mercury. But the agency won't require package labeling on mercury content, which is what consumer groups had sought.
The American Medical Association says cheerleading should be considered a sport because of its rigors and risks.
Coca-Cola is taking on obesity, this time with an online video showing how fun it could be to burn off the 140 calories in a can of its soda.
Under the proposal, the county would first form a hospital authority. Then, it would create an integrated health care delivery system by merging KMC with Kern Health Systems.
The Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House has offered relief for families struck by tragedy of a hospitalized child. Wednesday, one father attended the house's anniversary event to thank the staff who helped his family five years ago.
Kern River Valley is one of the county's most picturesque communities and is now plagued with a growing meth problem.
A nurse who worked at Kern Medical Center faces three felony charges of workers' compensation fraud.
The financially troubled Kern Medical Center could shutter two departments, with layoffs looming.
Gov. Jerry Brown is welcoming President Barack Obama's global warming initiative and says it shows the administration "is confronting climate change head-on."