Barbara Anderson, The Fresno Bee

Barbara Anderson

The Fresno Bee

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Past articles by Barbara:

It’s looking a lot like flu season could be heading to the Valley for the holidays

Hospitals in the Fresno CA area are reporting an increase in the number of flu patients they are seeing, especially children. And it’s not too late in the season to get a shot of the influenza vaccine. → Read More

The off-duty killer: Suicide has become an occupational hazard for police officers

What else is killing law enforcement? Suicide is an occupational hazard that takes more police officer lives nationwide than the number killed in the line of duty. Mental health issues and PTSD is common. → Read More

Patients have been going 40 miles to an ER, but there’s a plan that could stop that

Coalinga Regional Medical Center board has accepted a lease proposal by Coalinga Medical Center LLC/American Advanced Management Group of Modesto, CA, to reopen the hospital in the western Fresno County city. → Read More

Good news if you breathe in the Valley: Rain is on the way

Wildfire smoke has blanketed the central San Joaquin Valley for a week, but a storm system should provide a respite for irritated lungs beginning Wednesday. A winter storm is expected to arrive about noon. → Read More

This trauma surgeon patches up gunshot wounds. Here’s what he says about gun safety

Dr. James Davis, chief of trauma surgery at Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, CA, worked with 21 other surgeons to write gun-safety recommendations released Nov. 14. → Read More

Sterile mosquitoes best weapon against Zika virus. But will program continue?

A field study, which mated female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes with sterile males, reduced the number of biting females by more than 95 percent during the peak of 2018 mosquito-biting season in Fresno County, CA. → Read More

Hospital that closed in June when 1 deal fell apart now has 2 proposals to reopen it

Coalinga Regional Medical Center has two proposals to reopen the bankrupt hospital. Cura HealthCare, a Carlsbad, California, company, and Dr. Gurpreet Singh, of Modesto, will present proposals this week. → Read More

It’s all over but the counting. Here’s how many ballots Fresno County has left to process

Election Day is over, but there are still 100,000 vote-by-mail and provisional ballots left to count in Fresno County California. Registrar of Voters Brandi Orth said the next vote total will come Friday November 9. → Read More

First-time voters in Fresno, region, pack polling places for midterm election

Fresno County, Madera County and Tulare County residents turned up at their local Registrar of Voters Offices on Election Day to register and to vote at the last minute and participate in the midterm elections. → Read More

Trump on the minds of many as they head to Valley polls

Voters showed up in a steady stream early Tuesday morning at polls in the central San Joaquin Valley to cast ballots largely along political party lines, and with President Trump on many of their minds. → Read More

These two twin sisters are seldom apart — and Sunday night deliveries proved it

Identical twins BaoNhia and BaoKou Yang, 23, each gave birth to a daughter on Nov. 4 at Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, CA. BaoKou gave birth to Nadalie Xiong at 6:59 p.m. and BaoNhia gave birth to Candra Thao at 8:48 p.m. → Read More

Still too many babies born too soon for Fresno County to celebrate this report card

The March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card states the Fresno County preterm birth rate has decreased from 10.1 percent in 2017 to 9.2 percent in 2018, placing it second, behind Kern County, in California. → Read More

State medical board: Chowchilla doctor was too friendly, kissing and hugging patients

The Medical Board of California accused primary care physician Dr. Nicholas Eugene Nomicos of negligence, incompetence and unprofessional conduct after three female patients issued accusations against the doctor. → Read More

‘We don’t know what to do.’ Proposed Trump rule strikes new fear in immigrant communities

A Trump administration proposal would make it more difficult for immigrants to become legal residents if they get government assistance like food stamps and housing vouchers has caused fear in Fresno County, CA. → Read More

Fresno doctor failed drug tests for opioids, state orders her to stop practicing

The Medical Board of California issued a “cease and desist” order for Dr. Rehana Aziz on Oct. 3, prohibiting her from practicing medicine. The Fresno psychiatrist had been on probation, but tested positive for opioids. → Read More

U.S. at 20-year high for babies born with this STD. Fresno County highest in California

Fresno County has ranked No. 1 in California for congenital syphilis for two years in a row. County holds congenital syphilis forum day after U.S. reports syphilis among newborns is at a 20-year high. → Read More

‘There is nothing safe about this proposal.’ California leaders vow to fight EPA

California vowed to fight the Trump Administration’s proposed lessening of vehicle emission rules at a hearing in Fresno on Monday, the first of three scheduled nationwide. To come: Dearborn, Mich., and Pittsburgh. → Read More

A $7,812.03 hospital bill started a case that is now at the California Supreme Court

The California Supreme Court has been asked to look at an appellate court decision involving a Fresno hospital patient’s emergency department bill, and a decision could have implications for hospitals statewide. → Read More

Beetle owners recall bump starts and blown engines. ‘And we still loved them’

It’s a time to remember the Volkswagen Beetle after the company’s announcement that it will stop making its signature car after 2019. → Read More

Many women want to get clean, but something else comes first. New program helps

Leanna DelaCruz, a recovering methamphetamine addict, has her four children with her at Frasieur’s Home, a sober residence in Hanford, Calif. It’s common for women to leave substance abuse treatment to care for their children. → Read More